Clocaenog Forest - Boncyn Foel Bach, near Ruthin

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Welcome

Boncyn Foel Bach is one of several car parks in Clocaenog Forest, a huge area of woodland, open moorland and rivers.

This car park is the starting point for a short walk 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!

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

Walking trail

The walking trail is waymarked from start to finish.

Look out for the information panel at the start of the trail.

Find out about walking trail grades.

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!

Clocaenog Forest

Clocaenog is a huge conifer forest which is the size of 10,000 rugby pitches (100km2).

It lies at the southern end of Hiraethog Moor and was first planted in the 1930s by the Forestry Commission.

Although still a working forest, it is now a place for people to enjoy and home for a wide variety of wildlife.

Red squirrels live in Clocaenog Forest but you will be very lucky to see one as they move over large areas and are quite secretive.

Rare black grouse, known for their flamboyant courtship display, known as ‘lekking’, live on the forest edge.

In addition to Boncyn Foel Bach, waymarked trails start from several other Natural Resources Wales car parks in Clocaenog Forest:

  • Bod Petryal - a peaceful lakeside picnic site with a short walk and a cycle trail
  • Coed y Fron Wyllt - ancient woodland with riverside walk and wildlife viewing hide
  • Pincyn Llys - short walk uphill to a monument with far-reaching views
  • Pool Park - easy to find woodland with short walk
  • Rhyd y Gaseg - short woodland walk to waterfall

National Forest for Wales

Clocaenog Forest forms part of the National Forest for Wales.

The National Forest will:

  • create areas of new woodland
  • enhance existing woodlands
  • restore Wales’ irreplaceable ancient woodlands

It will form a connected ecological network running throughout Wales, bringing social, economic and environmental benefits.

Parts of the network will eventually form a trail running the length and breadth of Wales, so anyone can access it wherever they live.

For more information go to the National Forest for Wales website.

Visiting safely

We want you to return home safely after your visit here.

You are responsible for your own safety as well as the safety of any children and animals with you during your visit.

For advice and tips to help you plan your visit here go to Visiting our places safely.

Changes to visitor facilities

See the top of this webpage for details of any planned closures or other changes to visitor facilities here.

For your safety, always follow instructions from staff and signs including those for trail diversions or closures.

We may divert or close trails whilst we undertake maintenance work or other operations and we may need to close other visitor facilities temporarily.

In extreme weather, we may close facilities at short notice due to the risk of injury to visitors and staff.

How to get here

Location

Boncyn Foel Bach is 6 miles south west of Ruthin.

It is in the county of Denbighshire.

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Ordnance Survey (OS) map

Boncyn Foel Bach is on OS Explorer 264.

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

Directions

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

Parking is free of charge.

Overnight parking is not permitted.

Contact details

There are no staff at this location.

Contact our customer team for general enquiries during office hours, Monday to Friday.

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