River Wheeler

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The River Wheeler on its way to join the Clwyd, south of Bodfari.

The River Wheeler is a tributary of the River Clwyd in Denbighshire and Flintshire. Rising on the east side of the Clwydian Range, it is a "misfit stream" occupying a deep valley cutting westwards through the range into the Vale of Clwyd. The river enters the Clwyd west of the village of Aberwheeler, the name of which signifies "the mouth or confluence of the Wheeler". The river is followed for its entire length by the A541 road running from Mold to Trefnant and was formerly followed by the Mold and Denbigh Junction Railway. Besides Aberwheeler, the river passes through or beside the villages of Nannerch, Afon-wen and Bodfari.[1]

There are numerous workings, both active and abandoned, for sand and gravel within the Wheeler valley, a legacy of the last ice age, when the valley carried considerable quantities of glacial meltwater.[2]


  1. "Bing maps". https://www.bing.com/maps/. Retrieved 29 December 2019. 
  2. Map sheet (England and Wales) 108 Flint. Keyworth, Nottingham: British Geological Survey. 1999. 

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