GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Cilcain Walks

7 miles (11.9 km)

This Welsh village in the Clwydian mountain range is a popular place for walkers. There's local forest trails, country parks and numerous hill climbs with amazing views. There's also some historical interest with a medieval church and a fine old pub dating to the early 19th century. The settlement is located near to Maeshafn and Mold in the county of Flintshire.
This circular walk from the village visits some of the highlights of the area including Ffrith Mountain, Loggerheads Country Park and Moel Famau Country Park.
The walk starts in the village and heads south past the Cilcain Reservoir to visit one of the highlights of the area at Moel Famau. Here you'll find a wonderful viewpoint and the 19th century Jubilee Tower constructed in 1810 to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of King George III.
The route then heads north east to Ffrith Mountain. You can follow grassy and woodland paths along the northern edge of the Clwyd Forest to the mountain.
You then head south to visit Loggerheads. The expansive park is a fine location for walkers with peaceful woodland trails, dramatic limestone cliffs, wooded gorges and river views to enjoy.
From here you head north and then west to return to the village.

Cilcain OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Cilcain Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Walks near Cilcain

  • Maeshafn - This old lead mining village is located in Denbighshire near the Clwydian Range and the border with Flintshire.
  • Mold - This historic market town in Flintshire has some interesting old buildings, a fine 15th century church and views of the hearby Clwydian Range
  • Loggerheads Country Park - Explore the beautiful Clwydian Range and Dee Valley in this stunning country park in Mold
  • Moel Famau Country Park - Climb to the top of Moel Famau mountain on this circular walk through the stunning Moel Famau Country Park
  • Ruthin Castle - Enjoy a stroll around the grounds of thismedievalcastle in the town of Ruthin, North Wales
  • Foel Fenlli - This circular walk climbs to the hill fort at Foel Fenli in the Clwydian Range of mountains
  • Clwydian Way - Explore the Clwydian Range of mountains on this circular walk through north east Wales
  • Offa's Dyke Path - This incredible 177 mile trail starts on the River Severn Estuary in Gloucestershire in England before taking you over the border into Wales and on through some truly splendid mountainous scenery
  • Moel Arthur - This short climb follows the Offa's Dyke Path from the Clywd Forest to Moel Arthur in the Clwydian Range AONB

Pubs/Cafes

Back in the village head to The White Horse Inn for some post exercise relaxation and refreshment. The building dates back to the early 1800s and includes a set of antique beer engines. It's a popular place for walkers, serving a fine Sunday lunch. You can find them at postcode CH7 5NN for your sat navs.

Dog Walking

The woodland and country trails make for a fine walk for fit dogs. The White Horse mentioned above is very dog friendly with water and treats available.

Photos

The White Horse Inn, Cilcain. - geograph.org.uk - 710837

The White Horse Inn, Cilcain.

Reservoir above Cilcain - geograph.org.uk - 308741

Reservoir above Cilcain. There are a series of reservoirs dotted around the village.

St Mary's Church, Cilcain - geograph.org.uk - 198673

St Mary's Church, Cilcain. The church dates to the 13th century and is Grade I listed.

Grassy Bridleway - geograph.org.uk - 798204

Grassy Bridleway. Cyclist on the western shoulder of Ffrith Mountain

Former World War 2 Decoy Operating Base - geograph.org.uk - 484337

Former World War 2 Decoy Operating Base During World War 2, fires use to be lit on the slopes of Moel Famau to try and trick German bomber pilots into thinking Moel Famau was Liverpool. These ruins were the former base of operations. It is not marked on the Landranger map series, nor my Explorer map of the local area, it is located more south-west than the building marked on the map, closer to the junction of the footpaths. The building marked on the map is a farmhouse.

Bridleway to Moel Famau - geograph.org.uk - 710814

Bridleway to Moel Famau

The Jubilee Tower, Moel Famau (geograph 2908172)

The Jubilee Tower, Moel Famau

Limestone cliffs, Loggerheads - geograph.org.uk - 35455

Limestone cliffs, Loggerheads

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