Nant means valley with a stream. Alyn is the name of the river. Leete means Mill stream or water channel. Nant Alyn Mill is one of five mills located in the area. There was another mill in Rhydymwyn and the others are Llanferres, Pentre and Loggerheads. The Leete is an ingenious piece of engineering, initiated in the 1600’s providing channels of water to the Mills and machinery, supporting the Lead Mining Industry.
Comprises of a hamlet of a few houses, a Caravan Park, a road bridge, and a foot bridge across the River Alyn. On the East Bank there are two gate posts, which are the remains of the original ford, which can be seen at the side of the foot bridge.
At the Mill there was a shop and tea rooms (1920-1980’s) from which postcards were sold which described Nant Alyn as the Entrance to the Leete, although the water actually ran from Loggerheads, along the Leete (mill stream) to Rhydymwyn.
Leete Walk (approx 40 min’s/3.5 miles)
Cross the foot bridge opposite the Mill and take the foot path to the right of the bridge, up into Coed Fron ( Fron Wood). Climb the path for approximately 300 yards bearing right onto Pen Y Fron Road, by Pen y Fron Chapel. Walk along the road towards the post box on the right hand side and then turn right onto the footpath.
Proceed along this path until you reach the Cilcain/Pantymwyn Road. Cross over the road onto the other side and continue along the path, during which you will cross over Devils Gorge Bridge.
Enjoy some of the best views of the Alyn Valley and Moel Famau.
Follow the path, crossing another country lane, which leads to a ford in the river. Continue along the path for approximately half a mile, until you cross the bridge on the right, into Loggerheads Country Park.