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Tunnel under railway embankment, Moss Valley

Many of Wrexham county borough’s country parks, like Alyn Waters Country Park discussed in a previous blog, are regenerated industrial landscapes. I explored another today: Moss Valley Country Park. This steep-sided wooded valley surrounding two lakes is the result of 1970s regeneration. It is a pleasant spot frequented by dog-walkers, runners, golfers and fishermen as well as children using the playground. 

The valley bears many traces of past industry. A lake was constructed here by Thomas Telford to feed the Ellesmere canal, but later abandoned. Situated between two nineteenth-century collieries: Westminster to the north and Gatewen to the south, the country park’s southern end is a railway embankment, one of several lines that linked the collieries to the Great Western rail network.

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Trees and quarry – Moss Valley
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Ice-covered lake in Moss Valley, winter 2012

I didn’t take my camera out today given the inclement weather, but here are some pictures of Moss Valley taken on previous trips.

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