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Straightforward route to the summit of Moel Famau. Can be popular!
Distance: 5.9 Kms
Ascent: 298 metres
Time: 2 hours
Start and Finish: Moel Famau Car Park
The Hut at Bwlch Pen Barras serves hot drink and food. Open every day in the season, weekends only in winter.
Hazards: Largely a straightforward walk.
Parking: plenty of parking at car park
Parking Post Code for Sat Nav: CH7 5SH
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Moel Famau Walk from Moel Famau Car Park
This is a pleasant and steady walk up Moel Famau, the Clwydian Range’s highest point at 554m with good walking trails all the way. This summit is topped by the Jubilee Tower, which was begun in 1810 to commemorate the golden jubilee of George III but was never completed. A storm in 1862 destroyed most of the tower, with only the base remaining today.The video below shows what it would have looked like.
Moel Famau is generally accepted to mean the Bare Hill of the Mother and at under 600m, Moel Famau isn’t a mountain – but who’s counting? Moel Famau sits in it’s own Moel Famau Country Park, which attracts around 200,000 visitors a year. On a fine day, you’ll be convinced that they’ve all come at once! The Moel Famau County Park consists of woodland and a number of heather clad hills covering around 8km², with wildlife such as the black grouse, red grouse, european stonechat and eurasian curlew of particular interest.
This walking route is only 6km, so this is an ideal quick easy walk 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. Not only do you get to climb a hill, you get to walk along Offa’s Dyke LDP for a short distance as this crosses the entire Clwydian Range.
How to get to Moel Famau – The start of this walk can be found on the minor road just outside the Loggerheads Country Park heading towards Bwlch Pen Barras. The Post Code for Moel Famau car parking is CH7 5SH and there is a charge of a few pounds – visit the Coed Moel Famau site for official details of the latest charges.
The Route up Moel Famau
This is a reasonably straightforward walk to follow, it’s even way-marked to the summit of Moel Famau.
1 Starting off at the Moel Famau car park , you need to follow the Purple arrows, with an easier option being denoted by a purple arrow with a white circle inside it.
2 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 likely than not just go for it!
4 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.
5 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.
For those who might be interested in what this ruin would have looked like, here’s a video showing a reconstruction of the Moel Famau Jubilee Tower.
6 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.
7 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.Denbighshire Offa's Dyke Walks From