Note that the SAT NAV may direct you to the golf club car park which is by the visitors' centre. Carr Lane car park is a further 400yds to the south.
Map by kind permission of Johnston Press
1. From near the trig point
close to the car park there is a superb view towards Liverpool and the Clwydian Hills beyond. From the car park walk onto Mill Lane turning left and about 80yds on the opposite side of the road,
take the footpath sign indicated alongside the first house on the right. The footpath takes you through meadows where you keep the field boundary on your left.
Maintain this direction as you pass through woodland. After about 15 minutes gentle descent you will see a bungalow on the left, go through the stile on the left just after the bungalow, which leads you into a lane, turn right.
The path leads to the left of the house and reaches open fields.
After 300yds the path joins a track. Follow the track as it skirts woodland,
then where the track turns pronouncedly left keep on it to just before the iron pole barrier (leading to shooting land).
Here take the footpath on the right indicated by the waymarker. The footpath leads through trees into arable land beyond.
When the footpath meets a track turn left. After 100yds turn right downwards through trees finding a waymarked path. Cross a stile
and continue into open fields.
Keep ahead to the rear of a farm with a row of handsome poplars. The path skirts to the left of the farm and leads out onto a lane.
Begin a gentle ascent in the next pasture
passing below telephone wires to enter woodland at a stile. Turn right onto a brick track
leading to Hillock Lane.
Turn left and after 400yds turn left again into Higher Lane.
This path soon leads you up a sharp incline to Ashurst Beacon, one of the finest viewpoints in the county.
From the folly turn southwards and descend on a broad grassy track dropping through trees into Beacon Lane. Turn left and walk along the road firstly passing the Beacon Inn, closely followed by The Prince William public house, after 25 minutes arriving back at the car park.