As a parent and former dog owner living in North Wales, I've spent many hours, in all weathers, at Loggerheads Country Park.

It is a favourite destination for residents from Denbighshire, in which it's just located, Flintshire and Wrexham, and beyond, with many visitors taking in the wooded walks and great views.

It is deemed the "ideal gateway for visitors wishing to explore the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley", and is an official Area of Outstanding National Beauty.

Today, the country park has many facilities, including the award-winning Caffi Florence, gift shop, heritage information centre and a focus on the natural world, which includes carvings and sculptures throughout.

And while it remains a beautiful location, it has seen several different looks over the years.

Here we share some photos and postcards from the attraction, as you may never have seen it before.

Postcard of Loggerheads, courtesy of the Elvet Pierce postcard collection.

Postcard of Loggerheads, courtesy of the Elvet Pierce postcard collection.

Local historian George Tattum sheds a bit more light.

He said: "When the Loggerheads Estate came up for sale in 1926, the Crosville Motor Company decided to develop the area for visitors, particularly for daytrippers from Merseyside.

"They purchased the site, plus some adjacent land in the Alyn Valley for £1,600.

"They hoped that by making the area more attractive to visitors, more people would use their buses and increase their profits,

"The project included formal tea gardens plus a bandstand. A large tea room was constructed at a cost of £7,000 and later a children's boating lake. Clock golf on the large lawns also proved popular.

"Walks along the picturesque riverside walk through the Leete Valley were a magnet for daytrippers.

"There were also outdoor slot machines and kiosks. Unfortunately the tea room was gutted in a fire in the 1980s. Eventually it was replaced by a new cafe and visitors' centre."

The Mill at Loggerheads in the early 1900s.

The Mill at Loggerheads in the early 1900s.

Rob Richardson, whose dad worked in the lead mines in the region, recalls one story that also highlighted the far-reaching impact of the site.

He said: "On the topic of the lead mines, the underground workings reached below Loggerheads.

"I remember Dad telling me that a gang of workers from the mine went to the Leete - the River Alun which flows through the Loggerheads - during one summer and attempted to fill in the cracks known as 'swallows' in the rock bed with concrete, in an attempt to reduce some of the river water from flooding through to the underground workings, although their efforts weren't so successful."