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Clocaenog Forest - Pincyn Llys, near Ruthin

Short walk uphill to a monument with far-reaching views

View from Pincyn Llys

What's here

Dogs welcome
Walking trail


Pincyn Llys is a small roadside car park which is the starting point for a short walk to the highest point in Clocaenog Forest.

The walk takes you to the Pincyn Llys monument from where there are views across the Vale of Clwyd.

Lord Bagot erected this monument in 1830 to commemorate the planting of a conifer forest.

The forest was cut down during the First World War to provide wooden props for the trenches and coal mines. It was replanted by the Forestry Commission in the 1930s.

Walking trail

The trail is waymarked and starts from the information panel on the other side of the road to the car park.

Pincyn Llys Monument Walk

0.6 miles/1.1 kilometres (there and back), easy

The walk starts in shady woodland and makes its way to open moorland before the short but steep climb to the Pincyn Llys monument. The full inscriptions on the monument are worth a read.

Lord Bagots monumentThe monument stands at the highest point in Clocaenog Forest (1358ft/414m) and there is also an ancient earthwork and trig point with views across the Vale of Clwyd.

The walk returns to the car park along the same path.

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

Pincyn Llys is 4½ miles south west of Ruthin.

Parking is free of charge at this car park.


Take the B5105 from Ruthin towards Llanfwrog. After the church take the first right towards Telpyn. Continue to Bontuchel and turn left after the small bridge onto a minor road towards Clocaenog. The car park is the right after two miles, shortly after the road enters the forest.

Ordnance Survey map

Pincyn Llys is on Ordnance Survey (OS) map 264 or 265.

The OS grid reference is SJ 064 556.

Public transport

For details of public transport visit the Traveline Cymru website.

Contact details

Tel: 0300 065 3000



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