Within the vast 1,200 acres of the National Trust’s Erddig estate sits Forest Wood where a special place has been put aside for groups to come and learn about nature.
Our Woodland Classroom here is surrounded by mature trees, climbing ivy and woodland wildflowers. We host groups, adult learners and school children here at our basecamp for a range of activities from bushcraft sessions, to Forest School programmes to Mindfulness in Nature.
“The gem of Erddig is its wood.” – Charles Apperley – writer.
Erddig is situated on the doorstep of Wrexham town and so is easily accessible by car or local transport.
We’re excited to be working in partnership with the National Trust to offer this natural space to you with log seating and central fire pit. Erddig is perfect for environmental education, school visits, training courses and woodland birthday parties.
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DIRECTIONS TO FOREST WOOD, ERDDIG
Address: Erddig Hall & Gardens, Marchwiel, Wrexham, LL13 0YT.
Once you arrive at Erddig, we will usually meet our groups at the Erddig Ticket Office and then walk together to our basecamp in Forest Wood. For any visitors with mobility issues there is space for 1-2 vehicles to park up much closer to the woods. Drop us a line in advance so we can arrange this for you.
Arriving By Car: From the A483, exit on Junction 3 onto the A5152 toward Rhostyllen. Take the right hand turn signposted ‘Erddig’ onto Hafod Road. Continue driving until you reach the main entrance gate for the Erddig estate and follow the signs to park in the main visitor car park. Meet at Reception.
Arriving By Bus: Hop on the Arriva 2 from Wrexham, alight at Felin Puleston, then it’s 1 mile’s walk through Erddig Country Park to the Hall. Take a picnic with you 😉
Arriving by Bicycle: Find your route here.
A Brief History of Forest Wood, Erddig
For over 300 years visitors have been welcomed to explore the parkland at Erddig. The Yorkes did not want to hide their beautiful estate away, understanding the value of nature to the health and wellbeing of the local community. In 1779, Philip Yorke put up the following notice at the entrance lodges at Erddig:
“Mr Yorke having at great expense, and at the labour of many years, finished the ground and wood walks about Erddig, desires to acquaint his neighbours, that they are extremely welcome to walk in the same for their health and amusement.”
Erddig’s landscape has many layers to its history and remains open today to walkers and visitors as it was in Philip Yorke I’s time.
Parking is FREE at Forest Wood (simply use the main Erddig visitor car park) and if you’re dropping off your loved ones for an event or workshop with us then you have the option to enjoy the estate’s parkland footpath network or even continue onto Erddig Hall & Gardens itself. For more information on everything this stunning National Trust property has to offer visitors, just click through to their website HERE. Seperate charges apply for accessing the formal gardens and manor house.
Upcoming Events at Forest Wood, Erddig
We host a regular programme of courses and events for old and young alike at Forest Wood, Erddig. Below you can see what’s coming up at this great venue.