Moel Famau

This excellent route takes in the highest point on the Clwydian Hills and includes a lengthy section north along the main ridge. Offering contrasting views as far as Snowdonia, with many of the peaks easily recognised, to the west and the delights of Merseyside and beyond to the east the route has much to offer. Apart from being busy around Moel Famau, the route is generally quiet with navigation offering few problems.

The start is the small village of Cilcain reached from the A541 Mold to Denbigh road. Parking is easier and the start of this walk is by the front of the church (Sat Nav CH7 5NN). This is a 7mile walk so will take approx 3.5hrs – wear good boots and take OS Explorer map 265.

From the church take the narrow lane going south on the west side of the church. This descends quite quickly to reach a cross roads. Go straight across up the access drive to Tyddyn-y-foel. After a few metres go right on the signed path across two fields to a track. Follow this past a reservoir on your left into a steep sided valley cut into the hills. The track eventually becomes a path and the going gets steeper as you climb up to a junction. Go straight across the bridleway and continue the climb alongside the plantation on your left to reach open ground and onto Moel Famau.

You are unlikely to have this spot to your self. However the view is excellent and a short climb up the Jubilee tower will give you the chance to see how good you are at recognising the mountains of Snowdonia. Having enjoyed the panorama, descend just north of west on the Offa’s Dyke National Trail. The path can be seen meandering across the hills towards Moel Arthur and unless the weather is bad you should have no trouble finding the route. You have nearly 4 km of ridge to enjoy with a couple of minor summits en-route. The final descent to the road before Moel Arthur is steep and badly eroded in places and with an added hazard of thick ice was not too pleasant.

Having reached the road you can, of course, explore Moel Arthur before turning right down the road. After approximately 200 metres bear right on an un-surfaced track heading east back towards Cilcain. This leads past Gronfoel to a road junctio. Go straight across and follow the lane down into Cilcain.

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