Clocaenog Forest - Boncyn Foel Bach, near Ruthin

Scenic viewpoint with a picnic area and short woodland stroll

What's here

This site and visitor facilities are open – please see more details on this web page.


Coronavirus update


The Welsh Government is implementing a national coronavirus firebreak from 6pm on Friday 23 October until Monday 9 November.


The firebreak regulations replace the local restrictions which were in force in some parts of the country. They apply to everyone living or travelling in Wales.


Our sites and most visitor facilities remain open during this firebreak period but people are advised to stay at home and only visit sites in the local area to take exercise.


Visiting your local site safely


We have changed the normal route for some of our trails to help you maintain social distancing – please follow signs on site.


You need to wear a mask when going inside one of our buildings.


You can check-in via the NHS app when entering one of our buildings – scan the QR-code on the NHS Covid-19 poster on site.



The picnic area at Boncyn Foel Bach is set around the car park and has views south and east over the hills.

This car park is the starting point for a short walk in Clocaenog Forest which sets off through an avenue of tall beech trees.

The leaves turn orange in autumn before creating a colourful carpet underfoot - great fun for children to crunch through!

Walking trail

The walking trail is waymarked and starts from the Boncyn Foel Bach car park.

Beech Avenue Stroll

  • Grade: Easy
  • Distance: ½ mile/0.8 kilometres 
  • Time: 20 minutes

This is a short walk through the woodland with its stunning avenue of beech trees.

The beech avenue is impressive, especially in early spring when the leaves are luminous green.

There is also a viewpoint with a bench – a great place for a flask of coffee or your packed lunch!

Beech tree avenue on Boncyn Foel Circular

How to get here


Boncyn Foel Bach is 6 miles south west of Ruthin.

It is in the county of Denbighshire.

© Crown copyright and database rights 2020 Ordnance Survey 100019741

Ordnance Survey (OS) map

Boncyn Foel Bach is on OS Explorer 264.

The OS grid reference for the car park is SJ 055 520.


From Ruthin, take the B5105 through the village of Clawddnewydd.

Continue for 1½ miles and the car park is on the right. 

Public transport

The nearest mainline railway station is in Buckley.

For details of public transport visit the Traveline Cymru website.


Parking is free of charge.

Closures and diversions

  • Sometimes we need to close or divert trails for your safety whilst we undertake maintenance work or forest operations

  • Occasionally we may have to close a site in extreme weather, such as high winds or snow and ice due to the risk of injury to visitors or staff

  • Please always follow any instructions onsite and make sure you follow any temporary diversion signs in place

Contact details

0300 065 3000