GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

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.


LL16 4NB - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Moel Arthur OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Moel Arthur Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


You could head into the nearby village of Bodfari for some refreshments after your walk. It's located about 2 miles north west of the hill and can be reached by following the Offa's Dyke Path. In the village you will find The Dinorben Arms, a traditional pub steeped in history. It has an attractive interior, a great menu and good selection of drinks. There's also a fabulous outdoor terrace where you can relax outside and soak in the views of the surrounding hills and countryside. You can find the pub at postcode LL164DA for your sat navs.
It's worth exploring the pretty village too where you can visit the Church of St Stephen, which lies at the heart of the settlement, and has its origins in medieval times, dating back to at least the eleventh century.
On the Bodfari Walk you can climb to Moel-y-Gaer Hill fort which stands on a hill to the north of the settlement.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Footpath to Moel Arthur. - - 760328

Footpath with marker on the way up Moel Arthur.

Heather clad Moel Arthur - - 106099

Heather clad Moel Arthur

Moel Arthur - - 1525830

The Offa's Dyke path drops down steeply to the car park. This shows the Hill Fort near the top and the old quarries on the hill side.

Towards Moel Arthur - - 724186

The Clwydian switchback hides a steep descent to the road before the climb up the right-hand flank of Moel Arthur. With its triple lines of defence this makes a perfect hill fort settlement.

Offa's Dyke Path heading north-west from Moel Arthur - - 1317657

Offa's Dyke Path heading north-west from Moel Arthur. From here the path drops down to a valley before skirting the left flank of Penycloddiau (hill on left middle distance) via the top edge of the plantation, Coed Llangwyfan

Slate signpost, Moel Arthur - - 1317625

Slate signpost, Moel Arthur. Indicating the Offa's Dyke Path (ahead) and the Moel Arthur hill fort (left) in the Clwydian Range Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The slate block has cracks in it which are weathering pale grey, and are even worse on the opposite side

Moel Arthur Car-park. - - 1171841

Moel Arthur Car-park. Marked on the map, no fewer than 6 paths nearby and completely free makes this car-park quite popular

Descending off Moel Llys-y-coed - - 1328567

Descending off Moel Llys-y-coed. Offa's Dyke Path walkers face a steep descent down to the car park at the foot of Moel Arthur. The trail can be traced like a ribbon ascending over the eastern shoulder of the hill, having being diverted from the summit to prevent erosion.

Elevation Profile


GPS Files

GPX File

Moel Arthur.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Moel Arthur.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)