Halkyn Circular


22 August 2021

No dogs


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.

A walk over open country and through tiny villages with superb views of the Dee Estuary and Clwydian Hills. Halkyn mountain is dotted with the residue of historical mining activity and even the more modern quarry is a very striking sight.

From the layby on the B5123 above Halkyn, we follow a circuit anticlockwise first heading NNW towards the hamlet of Windmill and up onto the highest part of Halkyn Mountain overlooking the Dee estuary. After a break to admire the view, we turn SW descending slightly to the village of Rhes-y-cae and then S and E to Moel-y-crio. The walk finishes with a circuit of the fort on Mol-y-Gaer before we drop back down to our starting point.

This walk is quite exposed to the weather being around the 250m-300m level and there is little in the way of shelter from wind or rain so, if the forecast is for wet or windy conditions, please bring appropriate waterproof and windproof clothing.

Sorry, no dogs as the walk is on open grazing land.

If the layby at the start is full, there is more parking 150m north by the turn to the quarry.

Meeting Time:
Meeting Place:
At walk start point
Walk Starts:
Walk Finishes:
Duration (incl stops):
Highest Point:
290m Halkyn Mountain
Mainly grass paths on open grazing land & quiet lanes. One short potentially muddy stretch.
Explorer 265 Clwydian Range
Starting Point:
Layby on B5123 at Bryn-y-mawn south of Halkyn GR SJ 209698 Nearest postcode CH8 8DL


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.

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