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Coed Llangwyfan, near Denbigh

Circular walk to Iron Age hillfort with panoramic views

View from Coed Llangwyfan

What's here

Dogs welcome
Mountain access
Parking
Walking trail

Welcome

Coed Llangwyfan is one of several woodlands with waymarked walking trails in the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

The woodland sits on a steep sided hill which opens out onto heather-clad slopes.

There are two waymarked circular walks from here.

One of the waymarked walks climbs to an Iron Age hillfort from where there are panoramic views.

The other waymarked walk follows a more level path through the woodland to a viewpoint.

The large car park is also the starting point for several public footpaths and bridleways.

The Offa’s Dyke Path National Trail can be joined from here.

Walking trails

Man and woman walking dogThe walking trails start from the car park and are waymarked.

Coed Llangwyfan Circular

1¾ miles/3 kilometres, moderate

This trail descends gradually on a steep-sided path through huge conifer trees which open out to give views over the valley.

There is a viewpoint at the halfway point with wide views across the Vale of Clwyd.

The trail returns on a lower level path through broadleaved woodland to the car park.

Pencloddiau Circular

2½ miles/4 kilometres, moderate

This trail climbs gradually through the forest, following Offas Dyke Path National Trail to the open summit of Penycloddiau.

The summit is topped by an Iron Age hillfort, one of the largest in Wales, from where there are spectacular views to the surrounding hills.

Other walking routes

There are several public footpaths from the car park at Coed Llangwyfan.

These footpaths are land which is not managed by Natural Resources Wales.

They may not be waymarked and we recommend that you take a map with you. 

One public footpath goes to the summit of Moel Arthur which is topped by an Iron Age hillfort.

The Offa’s Dyke Path National Trail runs through the northern end of Coed Llangwyfan and can be joined from the car park.

How to get here

Coed Llangwyfan is 5 miles east of Denbigh.

Car parking is free of charge.

Directions

From the roundabout on the A525 south of Denbigh, follow the minor road signposted to Llandyrnog. Continue for around 2¾ miles and go straight on at the roundabout towards Llangynhafal. Turn left at the crossroads towards Llangwyfan. In around ½ mile, the road turns into a singletrack road; follow this road uphill for around 1¼ miles and the main car park is on the left at the top of the hill, after passing a small parking area.

Ordnance Survey map

Coed Llangwyfan is on Ordnance Survey (OS) map 265.

The OS grid reference is SJ 138 668.

Public transport

The nearest train station is in Buckley.

For details of public transport visit Traveline Cymru's website.

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

Contact details

Tel: 0300 065 3000

Email: enquiries@naturalresourceswales.gov.uk

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