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Experience this huge forest's stunning landscapes and rich wildlife
Clocaenog Forest takes its name from the village of Clocaenog, near Ruthin.
The forest is part of the bigger Hiraethog Forest which covers 6000 hectares (15000 acres) on a broad rolling landscape. This in turn is part of Mynydd Hiraethog.
The scenery in Clocaenog Forest is varied – there are changing forest landscapes, open moorland, rivers and a beautiful lake.
Walks start from many points within Clocaenog Forest. Many of these walks are circular and the routes offer something for all tastes from gentle strolls to breathtaking summit climbs.
There are many miles of quiet forest roads in Clocaenog Forest which make it an ideal location for family cycling.
There is also open access for horse riders throughout the forest on the network of forest roads.
Waymarked walks start from these points within Clocaenog Forest:
Bod Petryal is home to some of the oldest trees in Clocaenog Forest, planted in the 1930s. This picnic site with its beautiful lake is the starting point for two scenic walks.
Walk one: half a mile, 1 kilometre; walk two: 2 miles, 3 kilometres
The Bod Petryal Circulars are two gentle walks through attractive forest. The route passes by the oldest conifer trees in the forest and the historic keepers cottage.
Half a mile, 1 kilometre
This is a fun and educational way to explore the woodland for young nature detectives. Download the leaflet, then follow the 12 clues and the map around the red trail and keep your eyes peeled for the animals.
Bod Petryal car park is on the B5105 between Cerrigydrudion and Clawddnewydd.
The OS grid reference is SJ 036 512.
Pincyn Llys is a small roadside car park and the starting point for a walk up to Lord Bagot's monument from where there are excellent views across Ruthin and the Vale of Clwyd.
2 miles, 3.5 kilometres
The Pincyn Llys Circular is a short, steep climb through forest and moorland to Lord Bagot’s Pincyn Llys monument erected in 1830. There is also an ancient earthwork and trig point with stunning views.
From Bontuchel take the minor road south west and the Pincyn Lys car park is located shortly after the road enters the forest.
The OS grid reference is SJ 060 557.
Boncyn Foel Bach is a very scenic viewpoint and picnic area, with terrific views south and east towards the Clwydian Range Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Llantysilio mountains and the Berwyns.
One third of a mile, 0.5 kilometres
The Boncyn Foel Bach Circular is a short stroll through a forest with a beech avenue and a young woodland.
From the west: take the B5105 from Ruthin and Boncyn Foel Bach car park is signposted on the right, two miles after the village of Clawddnewydd.
From the east: take the B5105 towards Ruthin and Boncyn Foel Bach car park is signposted on the left, about a mile after the Bod Petryal car park.
The OS grid reference is SJ 055 520.
Much of Coed y Fron is ancient woodland which means that records show there was woodland here before 1600. Nowadays, it is a home for dormice, although they are very hard to spot!
1.5 miles, 2.5 kilometres
This is a pleasant riverside walk through mixed woodland to a wildlife viewing hide which overlooks small ponds and a stream.
Take the B5105 from Ruthin to Clawddnewydd. Opposite the pub in the village of Llanfwrog take the minor road signposted Bontuchel. Turn first left when you reach Bontuchel. After ½ mile Coed y Fron Wyllt car park is on the left.
The OS grid reference is SJ 081 570.
From this car park there is a short stream-side walk through some attractive woodland.
Half a mile, 1 kilometre
This short walk goes through a woodland made up of mixed broadleaved trees and huge Douglas firs, and then along the side of a stream. There are great view of the Clwydian Hills on the return to the car park.
Pool Park car park is signposted on the B5105 between Clawddnewydd and Ruthin.
The OS grid reference is SJ 102 561.
This car park is the starting point for a lovely walk in a woodland made up of different trees, including some towering poplars, and areas of coppice.
One and a quarter miles, 2 kilometres
This woodland walk reaches the riverside and passes two fords, an historic weir and a waterfall.
Take the B5105 from Ruthin to Clawddnewydd. Opposite the church in the village of Llanfwrog turn left. After half a mile the car park is on the right.
The OS grid reference is SJ 103 556.
Tel: 0300 065 3000
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