Clwydian Range Walks
This AONB in north east Wales is a full of wonderful walking opportunities. There's a number of interesting old hill forts, heather clad scenery and the hugely popular Moel Famau and its associated country park. For more information on the area see the Clwydian Range AONB website.
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You can also view an overview map of all the routes in the using the Clwydian Range Walk Map>>
|Brenig Way||31 miles (50 km)||Follow the Brenig Way way from Corwen, in the Dee Valley, to the beautiful Llyn Brenig, in the heart of the Denbigh Moors. The walk passes through Cynwyd and Betws Gwerfil Goch, before following the River Clwyd towards Clocaenog Forest where there are fabulous views of the Clwydian Range AONB. You then join the River Clywedog, leading you to Llyn Brenig where you follow the shoreline to the finish point at the visitor centre. The final section has fabulous views of Snowdonia and also crosses the Brenig dam. 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, and Denbigh. You'll also pass the small city of St Asaph where there are nice riverside paths along the River Elwy and a notable cathedral which dates from the 13th century. Just north of here is the town of Rhuddlan with a significant 13th century castle and footpaths along the River Clwyd.
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 in the heart of the Denbigh Moors (video below).
The walk is waymarked with a black buzzard on a white disc. View Full Details>>
|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 of 511 metres (1,677 ft). 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. View Full Details>>
|Loggerheads Country Park||3 miles (5 km)||Explore the beautiful Clwydian Range and Dee Valley in this stunning country park in Mold. Dramatic limestone cliffs, wooded gorges and secluded grasslands dominate the scenery while the River Alyn also runs through the park. Highlights include the walkway over the Devil's Gorge - a popular spot for abseilers. There are also several caves to explore, a restored water mill and the pretty riverside tea gardens.|
The park contains the Clwydian Range Centre where you will find a wealth of information including details of the way-marked walks in the park. Loggerheads is located just to the west of Mold. Clywd Forest is only about a mile to the west and is a good option if you would like to continue your outing. View Full Details>>
|Moel Arthur||2 miles (2.5 km)||This short climb follows the Offa's Dyke Path from the Clywd Forest to Moel Arthur in the Clwydian Range AONB. |
You can start the walk from the car park at the eastern end of the Clywd Forest, about a mile north west of Moel Arthur. You then follow good footpaths to the summit where there are lovely views over the Vale of Clywd and the other mountains on the Clwydian Range. In the autumn months the hill slopes are a lovely site, covered in pretty heather. The area also has an interesting history with an Iron Age Hillfort and some of the largest banks and ditches in the area.
If you would like to extend your walking in the area then you could continue south along the Offa's Dyke Path to the nearby Moel Famau Country Park. Here you can climb the 1818ft high Moel Famau for wonderful views of the Wirral, Merseyside, Snowdonia, the Dee Valley and the coast. View Full Details>>
|Moel Famau Country Park||3 miles (5.5 km)||Climb to the top of Moel Famau mountain on this circular walk through the stunning Moel Famau Country Park. The walk starts at the car park at Bwlch Penbarra and immediately picks up the Offa's Dyke Path to take you to the 1818ft peak. Part of the Clwydian Range the mountain peak proffers wonderful views of the Wirral, Merseyside, Snowdonia, the Dee Valley and the coast. At the summit you will also find the 19th century Jubilee Tower constructed in 1810 to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of King George III. The climb from the car park is not too strenuous so would suit reasonably fit walkers. It also takes place on a good path. From the summit the trails then descend through the Clwyd Forest before returning you to the car park. |
If you'd like to continue your walking in this beautiful area then you could visit the nearby Loggerheads Country Park. Located just a few miles to the east it contains dramatic limestone cliffs, wooded gorges and secluded grasslands next to the River Alyn.
Also of interest is the Iron Age Hillfort at Moel Arthur just to the north of the park.
Moel Famau is located near Mold in Flintshire. 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. You'll also pass the popular Moel Famau and Moel Arthur in the stunning Clwydian Range.
For more information on this trail please visit the National Trail web site View Full Details>>
|Rhuddlan To Rhyl - River and Coast Walk||4 miles (7 km)||This nice walk from runs from Rhuddlan To Rhyl along the River Clwyd and the North Wales Coast. The route runs for a distance of just over 4 miles, using good waymarked paths.|
Start the walk on the bridge in Rhuddlan just to the west of the castle. Rhuddlan castle was erected by Edward I in 1277, following the First Welsh War. It makes for a lovely photo with the castle river and church viewable from the southern side of the river.
From the bridge you can pick up the North Wales Path and follow it west along the river to the coast at Kimmel Bay. The waymarked path heads round the marine lake on the outskirts of Rhyl before picking up the coast path and following it along the Rhyl seafront. View Full Details>>
|St Asaph||4 miles (6 km)||Enjoy a nice waterside walk along the River Elwy on this walk in the historic North Wales city of St Asaph. The settlement is notable as the second-smallest city in Britain in terms of population and urban area. This circular walk takes you around along the river paths in the city centre, visiting St Asaph Common on the way.|
The walk starts on the bridge over the river, just to the east of the cathedral. The noteworthy cathedral dates back 1,400 years, while the current building dates from the 13th century. From the bridge you can pick up the riverside footpaths on both sides of the Elwy. View Full Details>>
|Ty Mawr Country Park||2 miles (3 km)||Enjoy a peaceful riverside walk in the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The walk starts at the Pontcycyllte Aqueduct which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site (video below). The Aqueduct carries the
Shropshire Union canal high above the Dee Valley and is nicknamed 'the stream in the sky'. It's a beautiful spot and offers fabulous views of the area. The walk then follows the River Dee to Ty Mawr - a 35 acre country park which is also a working farm with donkeys, pigs, goats, llamas and chickens. The river attracts many different birds including herons, kingfishers, swans, ducks and goosanders. Also look out for otters and jumping salmon!|
If you would like to continue your walk you could follow the Offa's Dyke Path and the Shropshire Union Canal which run just past the park. View Full Details>>