Clwydian Hill-Forts: Moel Arthur and Penycloddiau

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The Clwydian Range consists of shales which formed a seabed before being uplifted by earth movements and then subjected to glaciation. The great beauty and outstanding views to be had from these hills are enhanced by the six hill-forts strung along the highest points. The vertical ramparts and deep ditches have decayed with the centuries but are still evident and a tribute to the builders who worked with what we would regard as primitive tools. Later generations have added their own marks in the form of old paths and bridleways, tarmac roads and a massive communications mast which can be clearly seen from the Lancashire coast.

Wales - North Wales - Denbighshire - Clwydian Hills


Ancient Monument, Birds, Butterflies, Flowers, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Woodland
8/25/2013 - Vanda Hitchenor

Just returned from this walk, busy bank holiday weekend! - saw about a dozen people all day. The climb up Moel Arthur is well worth it for the views, there is a direct narrow but distinct path heading straight up at the 1st stumpy acorn post after leaving the car park. The purple heather makes this a beautiful walk for late August/Sept. Found a great pub, the White Horse at Llandyrnog about 3 miles west of car park GR 108652

11/14/2012 - Ian Dodd

A wonderful walk which has become a favourite because the views are so spectacular. You get to a good height with comparatively little effort - apart from that climb to Penycloddiau. But it doesn't feel like a slog because you'll want to stop so often to take in the 360degree views. On shorter winter days, we just do the second loop of the walk, starting at the car park at wp5.

3/19/2012 - Ian Adams

I love this walk, wonderful trail around the Clwydian Way and along Offa's Dyke with spectacular views. Nice, short, easy to watch video of the walk here;

3/11/2012 - David Thrift

10th March 2012 - Can only agree with the previous comment. A fantastic walk with great views. A bit of a climb to Penycloddiau, but the views provide a good excuse for lots of stops. Although very early Spring, already a lot of midges, so understand how repellent is a must in the summer.

8/3/2009 - Gary Crossley

1st Aug 09 - Fantastic walk with great views. Feels longer than 8.7 miles but well worth the effort. Last two km are gradually uphill. Also, if you do the walk at this time of year - suggest industrial strength fly repellent - swarms particulalrly bad at lower levels.

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