Alwen Reservoir, near Denbigh
Walk or cycle around this huge upland reservoir
Short walk uphill to a monument with far-reaching views
The car park and trail here are open.
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Please take personal responsibility for your safety, making additional preparations ahead of your visit and abiding by the safety measures in place.
We have changed the normal route for some of our trails to help you maintain social distancing – please follow signs on site.
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.
The trail is waymarked and starts from the information panel on the other side of the road to the parking area.
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.
The 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.
The Hiraethog Trail goes through Pincyn Llys.
This trail links the villages of Pentrefoelas, Cerrigydrudion, Llanfihangel Glyn Myfr and Llanrhaeadr via public footpaths and quiet lanes across some of Denbighshire and Conwy’s most beautiful and remote countryside.
It may not be waymarked and we recommend that you take a map with you.
For more information go to the Denbighshire Countryside Service website.
Pincyn Llys is 4½ miles south west of Ruthin.
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Pincyn Llys is on OS Explorer 264 or 265.
The OS grid reference is SJ 064 556.
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.
The nearest mainline railway station is in Buckley.
For details of public transport visit the Traveline Cymru website.
You can park in the lay-by opposite the start of the walking trail.
Parking is free of charge.
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
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