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Coed Nercwys Forest, near Mold

Walker at Trig point Coed Nercwys

What's here

Dogs
Horse Riding
Mountain biking
Parking
Walking trail

Overview

Clwydian Range forests

The Clwydian Range is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty near Mold.

Natural Resources Wales looks after a number of woodlands and forests in the Clwydian Range which offer a range of waymarked walking trails and bridleways.

What is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)?

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 car park  – 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 Forest – walks with great views to hillforts as well as a bridleway popular with horse riders and cyclists
  • Coed Nercwys Forest - a good road network allows access on foot, horseback or bicycle throughout this coniferous woodland (see below)

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.

Coed Nercwys Forest

Coed Nercwys Forest is a conifer woodland which provides an excellent habitat for wildlife – look out for birds such as buzzards, gold crest and coal tits. 

The woodland has many heritage features including a bronze age burial cairn, old farmsteads, mine buildings and quarry workings.

There is also a small lake, Llyn Ochyn, and the Millennium Oak Trees which were planted by Nercwys Community.

The area is relatively flat and there is a good road network which allows access on foot, horseback or bicycle throughout the woodland.

Family earthcache packs are available to hire from Loggerheads Country Park.

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

Walking trails

All of the walking trails are waymarked and start from the car park.

Coed Nercwys Circular Trail

3 miles, 4.5 kilometres

This walk through the forest is packed with interesting heritage features including ruined lead mine buildings, the restored remains of a shepherd’s cottage and a walled paddock. There are panoramic viewpoints to enjoy the scenery.

Bryn Alyn Link Trail

1.5 miles, 2.6 kilometres

The Bryn Alyn Link Trail is a linear walk to Bryn Alyn and the second largest limestone pavement in Wales where there is a viewpoint to admire the spectacular scenery. 

Mountain biking trail

Cyclists may use the Coed Nercwys Circular Trail

For other mountain bike routes in North Wales, visit Ride North Wales http://www.ridenorthwales.co.uk/

How to get here

Download the location map.

Coed Nercwys is three miles south east of Mold.

Car parking is free of charge.

Directions

Take the A494 from Mold to Ruthin. At the village of Gwernymynydd, take Ffordd Glyndwr (from near Yr Enfys public house) and head south. At the first crossroads, go straight across onto Ffordd Cae Newydd. At the north-eastern corner of Coed Nercwys Woodland, there is a slate sign for the Millennium Oak Trees. At this point, take the right turn and the car park is on the right after 150 metres.

The OS grid reference is SJ 218 593.

Public transport

The nearest train station is in Buckley. For details of public transport visit www.traveline.cymru

Find out more

Contact details

Tel: 0300 065 3000

Email: enquiries@naturalresourceswales.gov.uk

Related document downloads

Clwydian Range forests Location map PDF [107.8 KB]

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