Coed Llangwyfan, near Denbigh

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Coed Llangwyfan woodland clings onto a steep-sided hill that opens out to heather covered slopes.

The car park is the gateway to two impressive hillforts – Penycloddiau and Moel Arthur.

There are public footpaths to both hillforts and the views from the top on a clear day are hard to beat.

The circular waymarked walking trail follows a sheltered level path from the car park through the woodland to a viewpoint.


Walking trail

The walking trail is waymarked and starts from the Coed Llangwyfan car park.

Coed Llangwyfan Walk

  • Grade: Moderate
  • Distance: 1¾ miles/3 kilometres
  • Time: 1½ hours

Gradually drop down on a hillside path through huge conifer trees with filtered views across the valley.

Enjoy the viewpoint at the halfway point with wide views across the Vale of Clwyd.

Return on a lower level path through broadleaved woodland back up to the car park.


Suggested routes

There are several public footpaths from the Coed Llangwyfan car park.

See the information panel in the car park for details of these two suggested routes:

  • The Penycloddiau Trail (moderate, 2½ miles/4 kilometres) climbs gradually through the forest, following Offa's Dyke Path National Trail to head out on the open hill towards the summit of Penycloddiau hillfort.
  • The Moel Arthur Circular (moderate, 4 miles/6.6 kilometres) has panoramic views from the prominent 2,500 year-old hillfort, with a steep climb to the summit of Moel Arthur.

These routes may not be waymarked and we recommend that you take a map with you.

Offa’s Dyke Path National Trail

The Offa’s Dyke Path National Trail goes through Coed Llangwyfan and over the summit of Penycloddiau - look out for the distinctive acorn waymarker posts.

Find out more about National Trails in Wales.

Clwydian Range and Dee Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Coed Llangwyfan is situated in the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

The Clywdian Range is a chain of purple heather-clad summits topped by hillforts. The Dee Valley lies beyond these windswept hills and is home to the historic towns of Llangollen and Corwen.

For more information about visiting the AONB go to the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley website.

National Forest for Wales

Coed Llangwyfan forms part of the National Forest for Wales.

The National Forest will:

  • create areas of new woodland
  • enhance existing woodlands
  • restore Wales’ irreplaceable ancient woodlands

It will form a connected ecological network running throughout Wales, bringing social, economic and environmental benefits.

Parts of the network will eventually form a trail running the length and breadth of Wales, so anyone can access it wherever they live.

For more information go to the National Forest for Wales website.

Visiting safely

We want you to return home safely after your visit here.

You are responsible for your own safety as well as the safety of any children and animals with you during your visit.

For advice and tips to help you plan your visit here go to Visiting our places safely.

Changes to visitor facilities

See the top of this webpage for details of any planned closures or other changes to visitor facilities here.

For your safety, always follow instructions from staff and signs including those for trail diversions or closures.

We may divert or close trails whilst we undertake maintenance work or other operations and we may need to close other visitor facilities temporarily.

In extreme weather, we may close facilities at short notice due to the risk of injury to visitors and staff.

How to get here

Coed Llangwyfan is 5 miles east of Denbigh.


The postcode is CH7 5RP.

Please note that this postcode may not take you to the car park if you use a sat nav or navigation app.

We suggest you follow the directions below or use the Google map on this page which has a pin on the car park’s location.


From the A525 south of Denbigh, take the minor road signposted to Llanddyrnog from the roundabout.

Go straight on at the next roundabout.

Take the next left and the main Coed Llangwyfan car park is on the left at the top of the hill, after passing a small lay-by.


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Ordnance Survey

The Ordnance Survey (OS) grid reference for the car park is SJ 138 668 (Explorer Map 265).

Public transport

The nearest mainline railway station is in Buckley.

For details of public transport go to the Traveline Cymru website.


Parking is free of charge.

Overnight parking is not permitted.

Contact details

There are no staff at this location.

Contact our customer team for general enquiries during office hours, Monday to Friday.

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