Coed Llangwyfan, near Denbigh

Peaceful woodland with walks to Iron Age hillforts

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.



Coed Llangwyfan woodland clings onto a steep-sided hill that opens out to heather covered slopes.

The car park is the gateway to two impressive hillforts – Penycloddiau and Moel Arthur.

There are public footpaths to both hillforts and the views from the top on a clear day are hard to beat.

The circular waymarked walking trail follows a sheltered level path from the car park through the woodland to a viewpoint.

Walking trail

The walking trail is waymarked and starts from the Coed Llangwyfan car park.

Coed Llangwyfan Walk

  • Grade: Moderate
  • Distance: 1¾ miles/3 kilometres
  • Time: 1½ hours

Gradually drop down on a hillside path through huge conifer trees with filtered views across the valley.

Enjoy the viewpoint at the halfway point with wide views across the Vale of Clwyd.

Return on a lower level path through broadleaved woodland back up to the car park.

Suggested routes

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

See the information panel in the car park for details of these two suggested routes:

  • The Penycloddiau Trail (moderate, 2½ miles/4 kilometres) climbs gradually through the forest, following Offa's Dyke Path National Trail to head out on the open hill towards the summit of Penycloddiau hillfort.
  • The Moel Arthur Circular (moderate, 4 miles/6.6 kilometres) has panoramic views from the prominent 2,500 year-old hillfort, with a steep climb to the summit of Moel Arthur.

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

Offa’s Dyke Path National Trail

The Offa’s Dyke Path National Trail goes through Coed Llangwyfan and over the summit of Penycloddiau - look out for the distinctive acorn waymarker posts.

Find out more about National Trails in Wales.

Offa's Dyke Path National Trail

Clwydian Range and Dee Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Coed Llangwyfan is situated in the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

The Clywdian Range is a chain of purple heather-clad summits topped by hillforts. The Dee Valley lies beyond these windswept hills and is home to the historic towns of Llangollen and Corwen.

For more information about visiting the AONB go to the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley website.

How to get here


Coed Llangwyfan is 5 miles east of Denbigh.

This site straddles the county borders of Denbighshire and Flintshire.


© Crown copyright and database rights 2020 Ordnance Survey 100019741

Ordnance Survey (OS) map

Coed Llangwyfan is on OS Explorer 265.

The OS grid reference is SJ 138 668.


From the A525 south of Denbigh, take the minor road signposted to Llanddyrnog from the roundabout.

Go straight on at the next roundabout.

Take the next left and the main Coed Llangwyfan car park is on the left at the top of the hill, after passing a small lay-by.

Public transport

The nearest mainline railway station is in Buckley.

For details of public transport visit the Traveline Cymru's 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 other operations.
  • 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 on site and any temporary diversion signs.

Contact details

0300 065 3000

Related document downloads

Clwydian Range and Dee Valley Forest Trails leaflet (print only) PDF [7.3 MB]