Denbighshire is a walker’s paradise offering varied walking areas featuring the Wales Coast path to the north, the Clwydian Hills and Dee Valley AONB and the Mynydd Hiraethog and also the wild and remote Berwyn Hills located to the south. For brave and bold walkers, you can walk the entire county from North to South using the Offa’s Dyke National Trail.
Denbighshire has a vast option of walking trails each offering a unique experience and terrain. But there are some that offer a better experience than others. Here are the seven best walks in Denbighshire.
The Berwyn Range and Cwm Pennant from Llandrillo
This 22km circular walk features walk of the Washi of Cadair Berwyn, Hewitts of Cadair Berwyn and Moel Sych and three Nutalls of Moel Sych, Cadair Berwyn North top and Cadair Berwyn.
The walk starts at Llandrillo which has plenty of facilities that include a car park, a pub and a restaurant. It then heads into the Berwyn Hills from Llandrillo and across the main summits before descending down the Milltir Gerrig Ridge and Cwm Pennant.
Foel Fenlli and Moel Famau Walk From Bwlch Pen Barras
This is another circular walk that goes up Moel Famau and Foel Fenlli both located in the Clwydian Range. The walk starts at a high altitude so getting to the summit of Foel Fenllo doesn’t require a lot of effort.
Most of the walk follows the famous Offa’s Dyke National Trail. The sections following this trail are waymarked and easy to follow.
It’s a moderate path offering numerous facilities at the start including The Hut, which offers hot food and drink and is open every days of the season and on weekends during winter and there’s a car park nearby.
Loggerheads to Cilcain on Leete Path
The walk takes you through the Leete Path and the Afon Alyn to Cilcain then returns along the flanks of Frith Mountain which is part of Moel Famau before heading on an incline. Despite the significant altitude you gain, you don’t have to worry about the walk being too strenuous. Most of the walking section on this route shares the path with the Clwydian Way.
Llangollen Round Challenge Walk
This walk is considered one of the best kept secrets in North Wales. The route explores the entire skyline and was devised as a challenge walk to raise money for Cancer Research. It starts at the top of Allt y Gwernant, heading east towards Froncysyllte before crossing Pontcysyllte Aqueduct.
The route is easy to get to with plenty of facilities at the start and that the summit of the Horseshoe Pass. Also, the area is well served by buses from the Wrexham area so it’s easily accessible.
Easy Walk to the Horseshoe Falls near Llangollen
If you’re in the mood for some falls, this is an excellent walk for you. It starts at Berwyn which is a station on the Llangollen Railway. One of the highlights of this walk is the Chainbridge which was restored and is an interesting way to cross the River Dee.
The walk itself is a straightforward ramble following the Clwydian Way. For the return, you can follow the same route or opt for the higher return using the road if you want a circular walk.
Moel Famau Walk from Moel Famau Car Park
Although this is a steady walk up, it has good walking trails all the way which take most of the challenge out of the walk. At the summit is the down trodden Jubilee Tower which was begun in 1810 but never completed.
The walk is straightforward and waymarked to the summit which makes it excellent even for novice walkers. It starts at the Moel Famau car park and heads straight uphill relentlessly for a while. There are plenty of views to keep you distracted and you have an alternative route after a short ascent if you’re not accustomed to hill walking.
North Berwyn Way
The North Berwyn Way is a waymarked trail that is promoted by the Denbighshire council. The path follows the northern foothills of the Berwyn Range on the southern border of the Clwydian Hills.
This is an excellent mid-level route. If you’re up to the challenge, you can combine it with the Dee Valley Way to form a circuit for a tough weekend of walking. it’s not a walk for the faint-hearted featuring high moorland and the usual dangers that come with height. However, it makes for a remarkable walk for adrenalin chasers.