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image for Walking Route item typeMoel y Gaer Circular Trail at Moel Famau / Clwydian Range (NRW)

Walking Route

Family looking out from Moel Famau

Family looking out from Moel Famau

Family looking out from Moel Famau Bwlch Pen Barras

Details

There are fabulous views of the Vale of Clwyd from the car par at Bwlch Ben Barras and it is also a great starting point for walks.

The path to the Jubilee Tower at the summit of Moel Famau is the most popular walk, while the shorter but steeper trail to Moel Fenlli is crowned with an Iron Age hillfort.

Moel y Gaer Circular Trail 5.5 miles / 9 kilometres
The Moel y Gaer Circular Trail is a steady climb to the Jubilee Tower at the top of Moel Famau. The trail returns through open countryside and skirts Moel y Gaer and its fascinating Iron Age hillfort.

Bwlch Ben Barras is five miles south west of Mold, off the A494.

Directions
From the north: take the A494 from Mold through the towns of Gwernymynydd and Loggerheads, until the junction with 'Moel Famau Country Park' signposted to the right. Follow this road for one and a half miles, past Coed Moel Famau car park, and Bwlch Ben Barras car park is on the right.

From the south: take the A494 from Ruthin towards Mold. After passing through the village of Llanferres turn left at the junction with 'Moel Famau Country Park' signposted. Follow this road for one and a half miles, past Coed Moel Famau car park, and Bwlch Ben Barras car park is on the right.

The OS grid reference is SJ 162 606.

Public transport
The nearest train station is in Buckley. For details of public transport

Facilities for educational visitsAccepts groups

Children welcomeDogs accepted

The all ability trail is a short, picturesque route that meanders across and alongside a stream. Facilities include: disabled parking disabled toilets The toilets are open from 8am to 6pm (October to March) and from 8am to 9pm (April to September). Play area: The popular Hawk's Nest play area encourages children to learn and explore the woodland environment. It is suitable for children aged 2 to 14 years and includes: a giant Sleepy Cedar to climb inside a Giant Hawk’s Nest to climb and crawl through a Bird Cradle to swing inside Stones Flow to splash and paddle in. There is a numeracy trail for teachers to use with their pupils and an outdoor classroom area at the back of the arboretum. Directions: From the north: take the A494 from Mold through the towns of Gwernymynydd and Loggerheads, until the junction with 'Moel Famau Country Park' signposted to the right. Follow this road for one mile, and the car park is on the right. From the south: take the A494 from Ruthin towards Mold. After passing through the village of Llanferres turn left at the junction with 'Moel Famau Country Park' signposted. Follow this road for one mile, and the car park is on the right. The OS grid reference is SJ 161 627. Please note: Sometimes we need to close or divert trails for your safety whilst we undertake maintenance work or forest operations. Occasionally we may have to close a site in extreme weather, such as high winds or snow and ice due to the risk of injury to visitors or staff. Please always follow any instructions onsite and make sure you follow any temporary diversion signs in place.

Opening details

There are fabulous views of the Vale of Clwyd from the car par at Bwlch Ben Barras and it is also a great starting point for walks

The path to the Jubilee Tower at the summit of Moel Famau is the most popular walk, while the shorter but steeper trail to Moel Fenlli is crowned with an Iron Age hillfort.

The car park is managed by the Clwydian Range Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Address

Nr Mold,
Flintshire,
CH7 5LH

Location

Directions

Plan route to Moel Famau / Clwydian Range (NRW) using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: SJ 198626  Lat: 53.15454 Long: -3.20055

Moel Famau is in Moel Famau which is part of Clwyd.

From Mold take the A494. Follow this road through the towns of Gwernymynydd and Loggerheads, until you come to a junction with 'Moel Famau Country Park' signposted to the right.

Follow this road for 1 mile, you will see the car park on your right hand side.
Mold is the nearest town or village.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Buckley station

Facilities

  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted

The all ability trail is a short, picturesque route that meanders across and alongside a stream. Facilities include: disabled parking disabled toilets The toilets are open from 8am to 6pm (October to March) and from 8am to 9pm (April to September). Play area: The popular Hawk's Nest play area encourages children to learn and explore the woodland environment. It is suitable for children aged 2 to 14 years and includes: a giant Sleepy Cedar to climb inside a Giant Hawk’s Nest to climb and crawl through a Bird Cradle to swing inside Stones Flow to splash and paddle in. There is a numeracy trail for teachers to use with their pupils and an outdoor classroom area at the back of the arboretum. Directions: From the north: take the A494 from Mold through the towns of Gwernymynydd and Loggerheads, until the junction with 'Moel Famau Country Park' signposted to the right. Follow this road for one mile, and the car park is on the right. From the south: take the A494 from Ruthin towards Mold. After passing through the village of Llanferres turn left at the junction with 'Moel Famau Country Park' signposted. Follow this road for one mile, and the car park is on the right. The OS grid reference is SJ 161 627. Please note: Sometimes we need to close or divert trails for your safety whilst we undertake maintenance work or forest operations. Occasionally we may have to close a site in extreme weather, such as high winds or snow and ice due to the risk of injury to visitors or staff. Please always follow any instructions onsite and make sure you follow any temporary diversion signs in place.