Bwlch Pen Barras car park, near Mold
Fabulous views of the Vale of Clwyd from the car...
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.
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.
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:
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 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.
All of the walking trails are waymarked and start from the car park.
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.
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.
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/
Coed Nercwys is three miles south east of Mold.
Car parking is free of charge.
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.
The nearest train station is in Buckley. For details of public transport visit www.traveline.cymru
Tel: 0300 065 3000
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