GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Foel Fenlli

1 miles (1.6 km)

This circular walk climbs to the hill fort at Foel Fenli in the Clwydian Range of mountains.
The hill is located close to the more popular Moel Famau. While not as spectacular it is a worthy climb and somewhat more peaceful than its near neighbour.
You can start the walk from the Bwlch Pen Barras parking area located just to the north of the fort. From here you can pick up footpath and a set of stairs leading up to the hill top which stands at a height of511 metres (1,677ft). This makes it the second highest peak in the Clwydian Range. On the hill top there are the remains of an Iron Age Hillfort with strong ramparts on all sides and an entrance at the west end. On the walk look out for buzzards soaring above the hill top, as shown in the photo below.

Postcode

CH7 5SH - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Foel Fenlli OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Foel Fenlli Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Pubs/Cafes

Head to the Druid Inn in Llanferres on Ruthin Road (Postcode for sat navs:CH7 5SN) for some well earned refreshments after the walk. Here you'll find a tremendous olde worlde atmosphere with low beamed ceilings and in the winter roaring log fires. The pub has a great menu, a nice outdoor seating area with countryside views and is also dog friendly.
Also on the Ruthin Road is We Three Loggerheads. This pub is set in a restored 17th century coaching inn with a traditional bar andabeautiful vaulted restaurant.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

The Offa's Dyke Path runs past the hill. You can pick up the waymarked trail and follow it north to visit the popular Moel Famau where there are more excellent views and an associated country park.
The circular walk from Maeshafn visits the fort and the nearby Loggerheads Country Park as well. You'll also pass the neighbouring village of Cilcain where there's a significant 13th century church and a fine early 19th century pub to see.
For more walks in the AONB see the Clwydian Range Walks page.

Photos

Foel Fenlli - geograph.org.uk - 724173

Foel Fenlli. The dyke forming the western section of Foel Fenlli can be seen, where it is followed by the Offa's Dyke Path. Looking south-east towards Moel Eithinen and the southern part of the Clwydian Range.

The climb up Foel Fenlli - geograph.org.uk - 1306772

The climb up Foel Fenlli The steepest part on this section of Offa's Dyke path, which climbs most of the way up the hill before skirting round its summit. Moel Eithinen is the hill behind the plantation.

Footpath leading to the summit of Foel Fenlli. - geograph.org.uk - 501888

Footpath leading to the summit of Foel Fenlli. Wooden stairs possibly placed to help reduce erosion.

The path down Foel Fenlli - geograph.org.uk - 1306786

The path down Foel Fenlli A staircase down the steep northern flank of this former hill fort, with the Bwlch Penbarra car park at the bottom.

View from Foel Fenlli - geograph.org.uk - 724164

View from Foel Fenlli. Looking west from Offa's Dyke Path as it rounds the hill, towards Ruthin and the Vale of Clwyd.

View to Foel Fenlli and a buzzard - geograph.org.uk - 1244821

Looking towards the hillfort Foel Fenlli from the track below Fron Hen. With the photo at full size it is just about possible to make out the shape of a buzzard to the right of the white mark on the green slopes of Foel Fenlli.

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GPS Files

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