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Photographer: Brian Horisk/AdventureArt, Fife, Scotland

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Ifton Meadows is a Local Nature Reserve reclaimed from the spoils heaps of Ifton Colliery. The Meadows offer superb views of the Dee Valley and Welsh Mountains. Access from the road side parking is very good but soon reaches a fairly steep and challenging gradient. The path undulates to reach a viewpoint mosaic celebrating the site's mining past. There are grassy paths from the main path, but these are uneven, rutted and have difficult cross-slope gradients. However, the surfaced path is suitable for robust mobility scooters and wheelchair users who have fit and able assistance.

Surveyed by: Joe Penfold, March 2012 (Spring)
Accessibility Rating: 3More Information
Distance: 0.5 km

Public Transport: No
Car Park: There are four car parking spaces at the site entrance, two of which are designated for visitors with disabilities.
Steps: No
Barriers: No
Toilets: The nearest toilets are situated at St. Martin's Community Centre.

Full Profile

Ifton Meadows is half a mile off the B5069 in St. Martin's, 5 miles north of Oswestry. Follow the brown signs.

Information Ifton Meadows is half a mile off the B5069 in St. Martin's, 5 miles north of Oswestry. Follow the brown signs.

There are two parking bays reserved for visitors with disabilities. One bay is cross-hatched on the left hand side.

Blue Badge parking bays There are two parking bays reserved for visitors with disabilities. One bay is cross-hatched on the left hand side.

A large kissing gate is erected at the site entrance. This is wide enough to allow wheelchair access inside and can be operated with a slide latch. A RADAR key can also be used to open the  gate out beyond the hooped metal enclosure. This allows greater width clearance for large wheelchairs or mobility vehicles.

Gate A large kissing gate is erected at the site entrance. This is wide enough to allow wheelchair access inside and can be operated with a slide latch. A RADAR key can also be used to open the gate out beyond the hooped metal enclosure. This allows greater width clearance for large wheelchairs or mobility vehicles.

Ifton was an area of heavy industrial activity, with numerous mines sunk deep into the rich coal measures.

Feature of Interest Ifton was an area of heavy industrial activity, with numerous mines sunk deep into the rich coal measures.

At the start of the trail, the path is level , well compacted and is approximately 3 metres wide.

Path At the start of the trail, the path is level , well compacted and is approximately 3 metres wide.

The site is managed to encourage a rich variety of wildlife, including Skylark.

Wildlife The site is managed to encourage a rich variety of wildlife, including Skylark.

After about 80 metres the path begins to ascend and the gradient steepens.

Gradient After about 80 metres the path begins to ascend and the gradient steepens.

The gradient steadily increases to 8% (1:12).

Gradient The gradient steadily increases to 8% (1:12).

The path  changes from a wide, well-compacted surface to one that is narrower, with more loose stone.

Surface The path changes from a wide, well-compacted surface to one that is narrower, with more loose stone.

The gradient continues on 8% (1:12) for approximately 100 metres.

Gradient The gradient continues on 8% (1:12) for approximately 100 metres.

A cross gradient is also present.

Gradient A cross gradient is also present.

The slope begins to level out.

Gradient The slope begins to level out.

A bench is situated at the top of the hill and is accessed over rough ground.

Seat A bench is situated at the top of the hill and is accessed over rough ground.

Logs are placed along the trail as informal rest areas.

Seat Logs are placed along the trail as informal rest areas.

The path descends for approximately 70 metres on a maximum 9% (1:11).

Gradient The path descends for approximately 70 metres on a maximum 9% (1:11).

A grass path splits off to the left and leads down into Price's Dingle.

Direction A grass path splits off to the left and leads down into Price's Dingle.

More rustic logs are placed on the path to provide seating.

Seat More rustic logs are placed on the path to provide seating.

The path ascends again and the gradient steadily increases over 100 metres to a maximum 10% (1:10) gradient.

Gradient The path ascends again and the gradient steadily increases over 100 metres to a maximum 10% (1:10) gradient.

The gradient becomes more level nearer the top.

Gradient The gradient becomes more level nearer the top.

Log seating is provided on the uphill.

Seat Log seating is provided on the uphill.

A grass path breaks off to the right. This leads on a steep descent down towards Price's Dingle.

Direction A grass path breaks off to the right. This leads on a steep descent down towards Price's Dingle.

A mosaic is found at the summit.

Feature of Interest A mosaic is found at the summit.

There is no seating at the summit, apart from this rustic log .

Seat There is no seating at the summit, apart from this rustic log .

View from Ifton Meadows summit.

View View from Ifton Meadows summit.

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