Nant Bridge, Bersham Woods - a lovely place for a spring sketching day?

Nant Bridge, Bersham Woods – a lovely place for a spring sketching day?

Does anyone else know Bersham Ironworks and the woodland along the Clywedog River just outside Wrexham? Martin and Gaynor (from The Hand) and myself went up there today for a short walk with the dogs. It’s a charming stretch of woodland maintained by the Woodland Trust and punctuated with reminders of its important industrial past. In addition to the Ironworks in Bersham village, there are two weirs and a rather splendid bridge between Plas Power and Nant Mill woods.

Does anyone know anything about the art in the woods? There were wood carvings done by – I think – Simon O’Rourke. And some unusual brick sculptures near the weir at Caeau Bridge that weren’t signposted or anything, and I’ve been unable to find out anything about them on the internet (and it was too gloomy to photograph them; I’m guessing they were lumps of brick and mortar, shaped with a saw and then possibly allowed to weather in water – or maybe sandblasted?).

Anyway, even on a rainy, misty day there was plenty to see and I can imagine that in the spring and summer the woods are lovely. I couldn’t help thinking as we were walking along that the place would be perfect for a sketching day!

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