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Moel Famau Walk from Moel Famau Car Park

By Dave Roberts   

on February 3, 2018    4.92/5 (12)

Moel Famau Walk from Moel Famau Car Park

Further Details

Route Summary:

Straightforward route to the summit of Moel Famau. This can be a very popular walk, and is one of the most viewed routes of all time on Mud and Routes. Little did we know how popular this little hill can be to the locals.

Route Start Location: Moel Famau Car Park

5.84 km 277 m 2 hours

Calculate the time using Naismith’s Rule and factor in your own pace.

Activivity Type: Easy Moderate Walk

Summits and Places on this Route


The Hut at Bwlch Pen Barras serves hot drink and food. Open every day in the season, weekends only in winter.

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Largely a straightforward walk with straightforward navigation

Remember that we cannot outline every single hazard on a walk – it’s up to you to be safe and competent. Read up on Mountain Safety , Navigation and what equipment you’ll need.

Parking : CH7 5SH

plenty of parking at car park

Public Transport:

None to the car park

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Recommended Maps


Moel Famau Walk from Moel Famau Car Park Ordnance Survey Map and GPX File Download

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Moel Famau Walk from Moel Famau Car Park

This is a pleasant and steady walk up Moel Famau (not Moel Fammau), 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? It’s actually classed as a Marilyn hill, which is any hill with at least 150m drop each side. The hill 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.

There are a number of other Moel Famau walks to choose from, including from Loggerheads Country Park, from Cilcain or the Moel Arthur Car Park. All the routes will include a section of Offa’s Dyke National Trail.

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.

Walk up Moel Famau from Car Park

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!

Walk up Moel Famau from Car Park3 There’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.

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.

Walk up Moel Famau from Car Park5 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.

Jubilee Tower from Clwydian Range & Dee Valley AONB on Vimeo.

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.

Dave Roberts founded Walk Eryri in 2004, with the aim of providing routes that are off the beaten track. Walk Eryri is now part of Mud and Routes which continues to provide more off beat routes and walks in Snowdonia and beyond. Dave has been exploring the hills of Eryri for over thirty years, and is a qualified Mountain Leader. Dave also established Walk up Snowdon, Walk up Scafell Pike and Walk up Ben Nevis just to mention a few.
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3 thoughts on “Moel Famau Walk from Moel Famau Car Park”

  1. 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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