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Coed Llangwyfan Forest, near Denbigh

Walks with great views to hillforts as well as a bridleway popular with horse riders and cyclists

Forest mountain side

What's here

Dogs welcome
Mountain access
Walking trail


Coed Llangwyfan Forest rises very steeply from the stream at its base and up on to the summit slopes of the Clwydian Hill near Penycloddiau.

There are three walks that start from here; two go to hillforts and all three offer great views.

There is also a bridleway that runs through the woodland which is popular with horse riders and cyclists.

The Offa's Dyke long distance path passes across the top of Coed Llangwyfan Woodland.

Clwydian Range Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Coed Llangwyfan Forest is located in the Clwydian Range Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) near Mold.

An AONB is an area of countryside in England, Wales or Northern Ireland which has been designated for conservation due to its significant landscape value. 

The primary purpose of the AONB designation is to conserve and enhance the natural beauty of the area, now and for future generations.

The Clwydian Range is one of only eight AONBs in Wales.

Woodlands and forests in the Clwydian Range

Natural Resources Wales looks after a number of woodlands and forests in the Clwydian Range AONB.

The forests and woodlands below are the starting points for waymarked trails for walkers and bridleways for horse riders and cyclists to explore the magnificent scenery:

  • Coed Moel Famau Forest – the starting point for trails through the forest to the summit of Moel Famau, the highest peak in the chain of hills that make up the Clwydian Range Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
  • Bwlch Pen Barras  – fabulous views of the Vale of Clwyd from the car park which is the starting point for four walks, including one to the summit of Moel Famau
  • Coed Llangwyfan Forest – walks with great views to hillforts as well as a bridleway popular with horse riders and cyclists (see below)
  • Coed Nercwys Forest - a good road network allows access on foot, horseback or bicycle throughout this  coniferous woodland 

There are also two walks on land managed by Natural Resources Wales which start from Loggerheads Country Park. Loggerheads Country Park is run by Denbighshire Countryside Service and is an ideal place to find out more about the Clwydian Range AONB.

Offa’s Dyke Path National Trail runs the length of the Clwydian Range AONB.

Walking trails

All of the walking trails are waymarked and start from the Coed Llangwyfan car park.

Penycloddiau Circular Trail

2.5 miles, 4 kilometres

The Penycloddiau Circular Trail is a walk through the forest with a gradual climb to the open summit of Penycloddiau and its giant Iron Age hillfort and spectacular views. The return route goes around the lower ramparts.

Coed Llangwyfan Circular Trail

2 miles, 3 kilometres

The Coed Llangwyfan Circular Trail is a walk with a gradual descent through the forest, passing by a range of different habitats and tree species along the way.

Moel Arthur Circular

miles, 4 kilometres

The Moel Arthur Circular Trail takes a steep climb to the summit of Moel Arthur with its prominent 2,500 year old Iron Age hillfort and panoramic views. The return route goes around the foothills.

Walking trails leaflet

Download the walking trails leaflet for more information.


Clwydian Range and Dee Valley leaflet

How to get here

Download the location map.

Coed Llangwyfan is four miles east of Denbigh.

Car parking is free of charge.


From the roundabout on the A525 south of Denbigh, follow the minor road signposted to Llandyrnog. Go straight on at the next roundabout across the B5429. Turn left at the next junction and follow this road to the top of the hill and Coed Llangwyfan car park is on the left.

The OS grid reference is SJ 138 667.

Public transport

The nearest train station is in Buckley.

For details of public transport visit

Closures and diversions

Please note:

  • 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

Find out more

Contact details

Tel: 0300 065 3000


Related document downloads

Clwydian Range forests Location map PDF [107.8 KB]

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