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Hope Parish Website | Visiting us

Hope Parish Website

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VISITING US (St Cynfarch’s Hope: LL12 9PH, Emmanuel Pen-y-ffordd: CH4 0HJ)
Our church from Hope mountain
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Hope Church is prominent within the village, but Emmanuel Church is a little harder to find. You can download the map here Click here to download map

Opening of the Church outside worship times
The church is open to visitors during the day (approx 9.30am – 4pm). We also enjoy “Saturday Welcome Afternoons” once a month when both church members and visitors are all welcome and a variety of activities take place. Church Records are available during the Welcome Afternoons Click here for details

There is wheelchair access & the church has a ‘loop’ system for the hard of hearing. Toilet facilities are in the adjacent Church Hall.

Where are we?
The villages of Hope, Caergwrle and Penyffordd are situated in the beautiful Alyn valley midway between Wrexham, Mold & Chester. In fact, Caergwrle was the centre of a popular tourist industry at the turn of the last century complete with its own ‘waters’. Most of these visitors arrived by rail from Merseyside; that link is still available with frequent trains operating on the Wrexham to Bidston line, now operated by Arriva trains. Other places worth a visit in the area include the National Trust properties at Erddig and Chirk Castle.

The Church’s history is fully described in ‘About the Churches’, Click here. It is also portrayed graphically on a Heritage Board in the church yard. If you are interested in Family History and have links to the area then you may find of interest the set of Birth, Marriage & Death registers dating from the 1600’s. For more information about the registers click here.

The view from Hope mountain in winterWalking & Rambling
The church is an ideal starting point, or a place to rest, for a number of well documented walks, including the Wat’s Dyke Trail.

Another useful source of information is the Flintshire County Council website where several walks are described (select Services, Environmental & Planning, then Countryside). The walks can be downloaded, and of particular interest are walk 5 (Hope Mountain) and walk 14 (an easy ramble through the villages of Hope & Caergwrle. This latter walk includes a visit to Caergwrle Castle, built in the 13th century by Edward 1st . More information about the castle is available on the Welsh Castle site Click here for link to Welsh Castles site

Walk 5, for those feeling more energetic, includes the country park at Waun y Llyn on Hope mountain. It is about 4 km distant & offers views over the whole Cheshire plain with sites such as Liverpool Anglican cathedral, Runcorn bridge, and further south, the Wrekin can be made out. On particularly clear days, Blackpool Tower can be seen, apparently!