Excavations on the Leete Path at Loggerheads Country Park

A small archaeological excavation across a section of the Leete Path at Loggerheads Country Park, as part of the Natural Resources Wales’ funded project ‘Active Alyn’.

The Leete Path follows the line of the channel of water which was taken from the River Alyn at Loggerheads and carried all the way to Rhydymwyn to operate waterwheels within the lead mining areas.

On the ground it is possible to see the trough that carried the water but we don’t know exactly what it was like and how it was built.

County Archaeologist Fiona Gale said: “We hope that after this small dig we will have a bit more idea of how the leat worked and how it managed to hold water in this porous limestone area.

“There is an opportunity for members of the public to come and visit the excavations on the afternoon of Wednesday September 13th, ‘Meet outside the shop at Loggerheads Country Park at 2.30pm and then we will walk along the Leete Path to see the excavations, Richard Hankinson of the Clwyd Powys Archaeological Trust will be able to explain what has been found.

“This work helps us better understand the lead mining industry in the area and also the impact that it had on the area in the past. Following on from the excavation there will be some path improvement works taking place to make the Leete Path an even better walk for people to enjoy”.

John Morris – Warden for Loggerheads said “This project is part of a wider programme of work  along the Alyn Valley that includes access improvements to Devils Gorge, woodland mangement and the restoration of other archaeological features in the park.  The leete path is probably one of the most popular paths in the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley AONB – with help from Natural Resources Wales we have been able to invest in some of the features that make it so special – the woodlands, grasslands and industrial archaeology.  “ 

So if you are interested in archaeology, want to find out what is happening here at Loggerheads Country Park, meet on September 14th at 2.30pm outside the shop and we will go and find out.

For further information contact Fiona Gale Fiona.gale@denbighshire.gov.uk


Posted on Tuesday 12th September 2017