|Bodelwyddan Castle||2 miles (3 km)||Explore the 260 acres of parkland and gardens surrounding this 19th century castle in Denbighshire, North Wales. There are a number of walking trails taking you around the large areas of formal garden and natural woodland. The site includes an art gallery and museum with interactive exhibits. There is also a maze, a cafe and a shop.|
Bodelwyddan Castle is located about 5 miles south of Rhyl. Just to the west you will find Kinmel Park which has hundreds of acres of woodland and parkland to explore. View Full Details>>
|Horseshoe Falls Llangollen||1 miles (1 km)||Enjoy a stroll along the River Dee to these lovely falls on this short walk in Denbighshire. It's a really beautiful spot with a 460 feet (140 m) long distinctively shaped weir surrounded by attractive woodland. You can park at the car park by the river and then follow a nice surfaced footpath to the falls. It's a short waterside walk along the river and canal, running for about half a mile.|
You can virtually explore the footpath leading from the car park to the falls using the google street view link below!
To extend your walking in the area you could enjoy a waterside walk along the Llangollen Canal or explore the countryside around the town on the Llangollen Round. View Full Details>>
|Cadair Berwyn||5 miles (8 km)||Climb to the highest point in the Berwyn range on this challenging walk in North East Wales. The walk starts from the car park at Tan-y-pistyll and takes you to the beautiful Pistyll Rhaeadr Waterfall. The falls are 240-foot (73 m) high and regarded as one of the Seven Wonders of Wales. You'll pass through attractive woodland and along the rushing waters of the Afon (River) Rhaeadr on this section of the walk. |
You then climb to Moel Sych the joint second highest summit on the Berwyn range. Here you will find a cairn and lovely views down to Llyn Lluncaws.
From Moel Sych you continue to the 832 m (2,730 ft) summit of Cadair Berwyn. The summit lies on the border between Powys and Denbighshire, and is the highest point in Denbighshire. The views in all directions are simply stunnning with Cheshire, the Brecon Beacons and Snowdonia all visible on a clear day.
From here you could continue to Cadair Bronwen but this route descends to the glacial Llyn Lluncaws and then through the beautiful Cwm Nant y Llyn valley before returning to the car park. It's a nice descent with the Nant y Llyn stream and some gorgeous scenery to enjoy. There is a B&B and a cafe near the falls so you can refresh yourself after the walk. View Full Details>>
|Clocaenog Forest||3 miles (5 km)||This expansive forest in Denbighshire has miles of walking and cycling trails to try. It covers 100km2 and is located at the southern end of Hiraethog Moor, near Ruthin. There's miles of peaceful woodland trails, heather moorland, pretty streams, waterfalls and lots of wildlife to see. In particular look out for the red squirrels, crossbill, wild horses and the rare black grouse.|
This circular walk takes you up to Lord Bagot's monument where there are fine views over the forest and surrounding hills. It's located in the eastern end of the forest near to the village of Clocaenog.
The walk starts from the Pincyn Llys car park just to the south of the viewpoint. The 19th century monument commemorates the planting of a conifer forest, later cut down during the First World War to provide wooden props for the trenches and coal mines. It's a great viewpoint with fine views over the the Vale of Clwyd.
After passing the monument head south west to Cefn Du to turn it into a circular walk.
Although this route is designed for walkers there's miles of great trails for mountain bikers too. See the maps below for details.
At the eastern end of the forest you can pick up the Brenig Way long distance trail and visit the beautiful Llyn Brenig. View Full Details>>
|North Berwyn Way||15 miles (24 km)||This challenging walk explores the North Berwyn Mountains, to the south of the River Dee, in Denbighshire. The route starts in Llangollen and heads west to Corwen, passing Ceiriog Forest and Cynwyd, before a final waterside section along the River Dee takes you to Corwen. The area of the Berwyn Mountains is wild and covered in thick heather with some acidic grassland and bracken. The views of North Wales from the peaks are spectacular. |
The walk is waymarked with a blue and white disc. View Full Details>>
|Llangollen Round||32 miles (51 km)||Explore the beautiful area around the town of Llangollen, in Denbighshire, on this circular walk, devised to raise funds for the Cancer Research UK charity. This is a challenging walk visiting every summit around the Vale of Llangollen with views of Snowdonia, the mid-Wales mountains, the River Dee Valley and the Shropshire Hills.|
Highlights on the walk include the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct (video below) - the longest and highest aqueduct in Britain. You will also visit Moel y Gaer (Welsh for 'bald hill of the fortress') an Iron Age hill fort on the summit of Llantysilio Mountain. View Full Details>>
|Ruthin Castle||1 miles (1.8 km)||Enjoy a stroll around the grounds of this medieval castle in the town of Ruthin, North Wales. There's parkland, woodland and beautiful gardens with lots of wildlife to see. Look out for the resident peacocks, rabbits, butterflies and various birds.|
The castle dates from the 13th century with some of the ruined walls now forming part of the Ruthin Castle Hotel.
You can turn it into a longer circular walk by picking up footpaths along the River Clwyd which runs past the grounds. View Full Details>>
|Clwydian Way||122 miles (196 km)||Explore the Clwydian Range of mountains on this circular walk through north east Wales. From the range there are splendid views of north Wales, Snowdonia, the Cheshire Plain and the Peak District.|
The walk starts at Prestatyn on the coast, taking you through some beautiful countryside and also visiting the historic towns of Ruthin, Llangollen, Corwen, Denbigh, St Asaph and Rhuddlan. Also of interest are waterside sections along the beautiful Llyn Brenig, the River Alwen, rhe River Aled and the the River Dee. There's also a lovely section around Llyn Brenig Reservoir in the heart of the Denbigh Moors (video below).
The walk is waymarked with a black buzzard on a white disc. View Full Details>>
|Offa's Dyke Path||177 miles (285 km)||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. Highlights on the route include the
gorgeous Wye Valley AONB, crossing from England into Wales along the splendid Hergest Ridge and the awe inspiring Brecon Beacons National Park.
For more information on this trail please visit the National Trail web site View Full Details>>
|North Wales Path||60 miles (96 km)||Explore hills, valleys, mountains and the beautiful coast on this stunning walk through North Wales. The walk starts at Bangor (Gwynedd) in the west and heads to Prestatyn (Denbighshire) in the east. |
The first section runs between the seaside towns of Bangor and Conwy passing through the Carneddau mountain range in the Snowdonia National Park on the way. You will also pass the 120 ft Aber Falls in the foothills of the Carneddau range before coming to Conwy Mountain. The mountain overlooks the sea of Conwy Bay and is topped by Neolithic hut circles and the hillfort of Castell Caer Seion.
The next section runs along the coast from Conwy to Colwyn Bay via Llandudno. There are fabulous views of Conwy Sands, Ormes Bay and Penrhyn Bay as you follow this beautiful section of coastline.
Also of interest is Llandudno Pier in the seaside resort of Llandudno. At 2,295 ft the pier is the longest in Wales. Near the town you will also pass the wonderful limestone headlands of Great Orme and Little Orme. There's more splendid views and lots of sea birds to look out for here.
The final section runs from Colwyn Bay to Prestatyn. There are more lovely, long coastal sections as you pass Abergele before arriving at the popular seaside town of Rhyl. You then head inland to Dyserth before finishing at Prestatyn.
The walk is waymarked with a green and black disc. View Full Details>>