Loggerheads, Cilcain and Moel Famau

Submitted by driver 16 on 19 March 2011
OS Explorer Map: 265 - Clwydian Range
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A circular, full-day countryside walk in Wales starting at Loggerheads Country Park, Denbighshire, about 12.2km (roughly 7.6 miles) long and suitable for families with children, but unsuitable for prams/pushchairs, wheelchairs.
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Once again the old faithful Pathfinder Guide No. 32, Walk No.25, 8 miles, 5 hours, although it took me 6 hours after making a couple of mistakes, located between Mold and Ruthin! In Ruthin there is a gaol built as early as 1654 (closed in 1916), which is open to the public. The fee is £3.50 with an audio guide and it takes about an hour to go round. Nantclwyd House is also good, dating 1435-2007, again open to the public from 1st April each year. Guide books (inexpensive) on Loggerheads, Jubilee Tower, Gaol and Nantclwyd House all available. And besides all that, a bit of the Clwydian Way to enjoy!  See photos at www.visitorreview.com/carfreewalks (tried out new camera with 10X optical zoom and 40X digital zoom).

Start: Loggerheads Country Park, OS Grid: SJ196629
Elevation Profile (x: waypoint number, y: metres)
Gain (+/- 10%): 435m (1428ft)
Total (+/- 10%): 879m (2885ft)
Loss (+/- 10%): 444m (1457ft)
Max. Elevation: 550m (1804ft)

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OS Grid: SJ196629
Visitor Centre/gift shop and cafe. Cross the bridge over the River Alyn, and go left along the path signed 'Leete path and Devil's Gorge'. Right at no.4 post, and take the gap through the wall at no.7 post. (Don't climb steps). See photos at visitorreview.com/carfreewalks. Go through the kissing gate above the kennels, cross the tarred lane and on to the path signed 'Leete path and Cilcain'. Cross the bridge at Devil's Gorge, and continue to reach minor road (waypoint 2).
About 2.5 km (roughly 1.5 miles) from 1 OS Grid: SJ187652
Turn downhill and wind with the lane to cross the narrow bridge; don't take the bridleway, but continue uphill to a sharp right-hand bend. Fork left along the path, keeping left of the fields. Cross some stiles to reach a patch of rowan trees and a gap in the fence on the left. Turn right at the bottom and follow the bridleway to turn right along a lane into the village.
About 1 km (roughly 0.6 miles) from 2 OS Grid: SJ177652
Turn left to pass in front of the White Horse Inn, then pass the church and turn left downhill to waypoint 4.
About 0.7 km (roughly 0.4 miles) from 3 OS Grid: SJ171648
At a very sharp left bend, turn right up the farm drive, go through the gate and keep to the left side of two long fields to waypoint 5.
About 1.4 km (roughly 0.9 miles) from 4 OS Grid: SJ158644
Heading down a rough lane, turn right and immediately left on to a bridleway to see the reservoir enclosure, which you pass on the right. Go straight on through open country to the crossroads (waypoint 6).
About 1.2 km (roughly 0.7 miles) from 5 OS Grid: SJ163633
My 1st mistake! I turned right, but you need to go straight on to waypoint 7.
About 0.7 km (roughly 0.4 miles) from 6 OS Grid: SJ160626
Built in 1810, the tower collapsed in 1862 after two days of severe gales; see the triangulation pillar. Cross a stile signed 'Loggerheads' and follow signs across a forestry road to a T junction. Here you will see the ford over the stream and waypoint 8.
About 1.4 km (roughly 0.9 miles) from 7 OS Grid: SJ174628
Turn right down to the ford, then turn left along the forestry road. Follow signs for 'Loggerheads' and waypoint 9.
About 0.9 km (roughly 0.5 miles) from 8 OS Grid: SJ181624
My 2nd mistake! I turned right instead of left and ended up at Moel Famau car park, which is 2 miles from the Loggerheads complex. Instead, aim for Tan-y-Gelyn to the main road and back to Loggerheads and the end of the walk.
About 1.3 km (roughly 0.8 miles) from 9 OS Grid: SJ194629
Hope you enjoyed it as much as I did!
3 comments ...join the discussion!
Timwoods  commented on 20 March 2011

Hi Pete, Great first walk for the new website! Not a part of the country I know, but hope to explore one day soon....
Cilcain http://drivinglessonschester.com/  commented on 09 September 2011
Cool. Your site looks great, it is a good source and very informative.
patrikG  commented on 10 September 2011
No like button on this, though ;)
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