Know before you go
Steep footpaths and unfenced cliff top - take care!
Footpath to the reserve, contact the Trust for disables access information.
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitApril to July, September to November
About the reserve
The air blows fresh from Wales at Craig Sychtyn and there are grand views across to the Tanat Valley and beyond to the Berwyn Mountains from this fine old wood. Pied flycatchers breed in this wood in nest-boxes supplied for them; listen for buzzards, ravens and woodpeckers. In spring look out for orchids and cowslips; in autumn for the bright orange berries of stinking iris; in summer for nettle-leaved bellflower, a local speciality also known as the blue foxglove. The Oswestry uplands are dotted with old limestone quarry workings and here at Craig Sychtyn you will find lime kilns filled with leaves and a disused quarry – now a good place for limestone-loving flowers.
Directions: Take the Trefonen road out of Oswestry and then turn right towards Llansilin. After approximately 3 miles up and down the hill turn left, signed Wern Ddu. Carry on up this lane for 1 ½ miles and then park with care on the verge. Walk up the track signed Allt y Rhiw to the reserve.