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Clocaenog Forest - Coed y Fron Wyllt, near Ruthin

Ancient woodland with riverside walk and wildlife viewing hide

Two women on footpath looking at flowers

What's here

Dogs welcome
Walking trail


Coed y Fron Wyllt is a peaceful woodland at the eastern end of Clocaenog Forest.

Much of it is classed as ancient woodland which means that records show there was a woodland here in 1600.

Nowadays it is home to a circular walk and a wildlife viewing hide overlooking a pond.

In spring the path through the woodland is edged with bluebells and primroses and the fragrance of wild garlic fills the air.

There is a picnic bench halfway around the walk.

Walking trail

Man and woman on bridge over riverThe circular walk from the car park is not waymarked but is about 1.5 miles/2.5 kilometres long.

Start at the wildlife hide, located near the car park entrance. Then follow the path through the woodland alongside the river.

The path goes past a picnic bench before it crosses the river over a wooden footbridge.

It returns on a forest road with glimpses of the surrounding hills through the trees.

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

How to get here

Coed y Fron Wyllt is three miles west of Ruthin.

Parking is free of charge.


Take the B5105 from Ruthin towards Clawdd-newydd. In the village of Llanfwrog take the minor road opposite the pub signposted Bontuchel. When you reach Bontuchel turn first left and after ½ mile Coed y Fron Wyllt car park is on the left.

Ordnance Survey map

Coed y Fron Wyllt is on Ordnance Survey (OS) map 279, 293 or 294.

The OS grid reference for the car park is SJ 081 570.

Public transport

For details of public transport visit the Traveline Cymru website.

Contact details

Tel: 0300 065 3000




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