Clwydian Hills from Cilcain

This is a straight-forward walk fairly close to home for a short November day. It takes in both sides of the Clwydian range on a series of good paths and tracks. Most of the ascent is gentle and is split over two separate sections.

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20 November 2022

No dogs

Covid-19

Do not walk if you are feeling unwell. Carry your own hand sanitiser. In case of an emergency ensure you have with you a face mask and first aid pack.
Inevitably, the route will go through gates and over stiles that other people will have touched. It may have narrow sections that mean you will be passing close to other people.

This is a straight-forward walk fairly close to home for a short November day. It takes in both sides of the Clwydian range on a series of good paths and tracks. Most of the ascent is gentle and is split over two separate sections.

The walk begins and ends at car parking bays on the minor road due west of Cilcain.

Arenig Fawr scene
Arenig Fawr view

From the parking area we follow a quiet lane and then a track that ascends at a gentle gradient to meet Offa’s Dyke on the main Clwydian ridge. From here we turn south east and follow the ridge for 1.5km over Moel Dywyll, the high point of the day, from where we should have some good views if the weather obliges.
Leaving the ridge we descend westwards on a good, grassy track (steep in places) and head north west on a path along the base of the hills. The path swings north east to become a track as we tackle the day’s second batch of ascent to cross the Clwydian ridge again at the pass south of Moel Arthur. From here an easy track leads back to the lane and car park.

Here is the route map

Meeting Time:
09:30
Meeting Place:
At walk start point
Walk Starts:
09:45
Walk Finishes:
15:00
Distance:
13.3km
Duration (incl stops):
5:15
Ascent:
460m
Highest Point:
475m Moel Dywyll
Terrain:
Footpaths, tracks and quiet lanes
Map/Area:
OS Explorer 265 Clwydian Range
Starting Point:
Cilcain car park. Parking area above and west of Cilcain at SJ171653 Nearest postcode CH7 5PB
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Safety

Let the walk leader know of any relevant medical conditions

Refer to the Handbook for walk related information and specifically for recommended walking equipment https://ohwc.org.uk/kit-list/ and safety information https://ohwc.org.uk/safety/

Remember you are responsible for being properly equipped

Ensure you have the walk leader’s phone number in case of an emergency

If you become detached from the group STOP, call out; try contacting group by phone or text. If no contact return to the last place you were with the group. Wait 30 mins repeatedly trying to make contact. After 30 mins seek help and/or make your own way safely.

The Google map below is the location of the walk start point.