Nercwys Forest South - Nant - Bryn Alyn - Circular

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Nercwys Forest and the surrounding areas were important lead-mining centres until the late 19th Century. The traces are still to be seen, both in the forest sections of the walk and in the open sections. The forest dates from the 1960s and is now being reworked to provide bike tracks and walking routes with occasional information boards. On your way, you pass areas where nature is reclaiming the spoil tips from old lead mines. You also pass a huge limestone quarry but when I first walked the route, I was completely unaware of it, so it clearly isn't very obtrusive. The route takes you to Bryn Alyn, a fine example of limestone pavement. Further information on this globally very rare habitat can be found at

You could deviate from the route to visit The Sun inn at Eryrys - see 'Additional Information' below.

The route on Bryn Alyn is quite close to some cliffs; please keep your wits about you. Because of the cliffs, this route is best avoided if visibility is poor. As the views are superb, you'll also miss one of the main reasons for doing the walk.

Wales - North Wales - Denbighshire - Clwydian Hills


Birds, Flowers, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Industrial Archaeology, Wildlife, Woodland

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