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Bwlch Pen Barras, near Mold

Fabulous views and four walks, including one to the summit of Moel Famau

Car park at Bwlch Pen Barras

What's here

Mountain access
Parking (charge)
Walking trail

Overview

There are fabulous views of the Vale of Clwyd from the car par at Bwlch Ben Barras and it is also a great starting point for walks

The path to the Jubilee Tower at the summit of Moel Famau is the most popular walk, while the shorter but steeper trail to Moel Fenlli is crowned with an Iron Age hillfort.

You can also walk to the summit of Moel Famau from the car park at Coed Moel Famau.

This site is managed by Natural Resources Wales in partnership with the Clwydian Range Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Dee Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Clwydian Range Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Bwlch Pen Barras is 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 (see below)
  • Coed Llangwyfan – walks with great views to hillforts as well as a bridleway popular with horse riders and cyclists
  • Coed Nercwys - 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 Bwlch Pen Barras car park.

Moel Fenlli Circular Trail

1 mile, 2 kilometres

The Moel Fenlli Circular Trail is a short, steep climb to the summit and one of the most impressive Iron Age Hillforts in the Clwydian Range. The path returns to the car park around the lower ramparts.

Jubilee Tower Circular Trail

miles, 5.5 kilometres

The Jubilee Tower Circular climbs steeply but steadily to the Jubilee Tower at the top of Moel Famau and returns through mixed forest or open countryside. Moel Famau is the highest summit in the Clwydian Range (554 metres/1818 feet) and offers one of most spectacular views in Wales.

You can also walk to the summit of Moel Famau from the car park at Coed Moel Famau.

Fron Hen Circular Trail

4 miles, 7 kilometres

The Fron Hen Circular is a walk around the lower ramparts of Moel Fenlli and on through farmland. It returns along the slopes of Fron Hen and through attractive mixed forest.

Moel y Gaer Circular Trail

miles, 9 kilometres

The Moel y Gaer Circular Trail is a steady climb to the Jubilee Tower at the top of Moel Famau. The trail returns through open countryside and skirts Moel y Gaer and its fascinating Iron Age hillfort. 

Walking trails leaflet

Download the walking trails leaflet for more information.

 

Clwydian Range and Dee Valley leaflet

How to get here

Bwlch Ben Barras is five miles south west of Mold, off the A494. 

The car park is managed by the Clwydian Range Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. 

There is a charge for car parking. 

Directions

From the north: take the A494 from Mold through the towns of Gwernymynydd and Loggerheads, until the junction with 'Moel Famau Country Park' signposted to the right. Follow this road for one and a half miles, past Coed Moel Famau car park, and Bwlch Ben Barras car park is on the right.

From the south: take the A494 from Ruthin towards Mold. After passing through the village of Llanferres turn left at the junction with 'Moel Famau Country Park' signposted. Follow this road for one and a half miles, past Coed Moel Famau car park, and Bwlch Ben Barras car park is on the right.

The OS grid reference is SJ 162 606.

Public transport

The nearest train station is in Buckley.

For details of public transport visit www.traveline.cymru

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

Natural Resources Wales

Tel: 0300 065 3000

Email: enquiries@naturalresourceswales.gov.uk 

Clwydian Range Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Tel: 01352 810614

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