Clocaenog Forest – Pool Park, near Ruthin

Easy to find woodland with short walk

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.

 

Welcome

Pool Park woodland is on the edge of Clocaenog Forest.

It is named after the former huge Pool Park Estate, which was owned by the Bagot family.

The area was originally one of five deer parks used by the owners of Ruthin Castle for hunting.

The small car park is the starting point for a short waymarked walking trail, ideal for breaking a journey to stretch your legs or for a quick stroll with your dog.

There are several public footpaths nearby if you have a map with you and fancy a longer walk.

Walking trail

The walking trail is waymarked and starts from the Pool Park car park.

Pool Park Walk

  • Grade: Easy
  • Distance: ¾ mile/1.2 kilometres
  • Time: 30 minutes

This short trail follows a stream then climbs gently as it winds its way through the woodland.

Look out for the huge Douglas fir trees which thrive here and patches of bluebells in spring.

How to get here

Location

Pool Park is 2 miles south west of Ruthin.

It is in the county of Denbighshire.

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Ordnance Survey (OS) map

Pool Park is on OS Explorer 279, 293 or 294.

The OS grid reference for the car park is SJ 101 560.

Directions

Take the B5105 from Ruthin towards Clawddnewydd.

After 1½ miles 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.

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

enquiries@naturalresourceswales.gov.uk