moel famau

This is a nice and steady walk up Moel Famau, the Clwydian Range’s highest point. It’s only 5.9km as well, so this is an ideal little bimble for when time is at a premium. If you’ve got more time then combine it with one of the many other routes in the Clwydian Hills on the site.

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The Route

This is an easy walk to follow, it’s even waymarked to the summit.

Starting off at the Moel Famau car park on the minor road just outside Loggerheads, you need to follow the Purple arrows, with an easier option being denoted by a purple arrow with a white circle inside it.

It heads off straight uphill and is a little relentless for a short while. At the top of this initial slog, you now have an easier option to your left or the harder route straight up. If you’re used to hill walking, then you’ll more liklely than not just go for it!

Moel FamauThere’s plenty of views off to the right as even if the maps show forestry, it’s mainly felled. This includes the summit dead ahead. There’s no false summits, that really is it.

A final junction in the path which even spells out that the option to the left is more pleasant and easier, we went straight up and you’re on the summit of in no time.

There’s no missing the summit of Moel Famau as it’s dominated by the Jubilee Tower, with a full account of it’s history available on Wikipedia. Walking onto the remains of the tower, you realise that it’s a viewing platform with a plaque displaying the names of all the landmarks that form the panorama from this excellent viewpoint. Being where it is, your view encompasses Snowdonia in the West and a large proportion of North West England to the North and East. We were pretty certain that the Lakes were visible in the distance today.

moel famau

The descent can be as easy as returning the same way. A much more interesting way is to follow Offa’s Dyke national trail to Bwlch Penbarra. If you wanted an even easier walk to the top, then if you start at Bwlch Penbarra you’re practically at the top before starting. Our route followed one of the alternative trails, but it makes little difference.

Finally, at Bwlch Penbarra, it’s downhill all the way. You don’t need to follow the road either. There’s a waymarked green trail that parallels the road and you’re back at the start in no time.

Remember to get the proper map! 

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  1. lucy 2 years ago

    I remember going here on a school trip over 50 years ago. We had to pay a massive amount of 10/- which took a lifetime to save up. To the young ones 10/-equivalent to 50p in today’s money. Every year there was a trip to what we called Movamma, to us children aged between 6 and 10, it was a magical place, we would be so excited as we boarded the coach. The long coach trip from Liverpool, took us through countryside where we saw ‘real live’ cows and sheep….. We would lay bets and dares on who would climb this big high ‘massive mountain’ first…….. As I stared to grow older and told tales of my youth to my grandchildren, I remembered Movamma, and it was only a few years ago I actually found out where it was…… I smile now when I think of what we believed as you children…… Believe me when I say…… It’s a magical place to take them 😀

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