Moel Gyw (Welsh Marilyn) from Llanarmon-yn-lal

This circular walk takes in three of the lesser known summits of the Clwydian range – Moel Gyw, Moel Llanfair and Moel y Plas. Moel Gyw is a Marilyn so another one for the bagging list!


16 April 2023

No dogs allowed


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.

Leaving the car park, we cross the Afon Alyn and after a short section through a conifer wood we follow a forest trial that leads to a track through open fields westwards. This gives us good views of Moel Eithinin and Foel Fenlli to the north. We meet Offa’s Dkye path and follow southwards, briefly, before turning northeast to make the ascent of Moel Gyw through area of natural beauty. At 467m, our high point of the day gives us (hopefully) panormaic views of the Vale of Clwyd, towards Ruthin. .

We are return the way we came to meet Offa’s Dyke path and continue southwards, contouring Moel Llanfair and Moel-y-Plas, before heading eastwards along tracks and lanes to the village of Llanarmon-yn-lal. Lal (pronounced yale) means hilly area and was also adopted as the surname of a local family whose most prominent son went on to become the benefactor of Yale university. Passing the ancient church of St. Garmon, founded by St. Germanus, and the Raven Inn (possible beer stop), we head out of the village northweads towards Pistyll quarry, before crossing the Afon Alyn again to return to the starting point.

The route is quite strenuous in places, but hopefully excellent views will be enjoyed from the ridge in good weather.

Meeting Time:
Meeting Place:
At walk start point
Walk Starts:
Walk Finishes:
Duration (incl stops):
Highest Point:
467m Moel Gwy
Good paths and lanes
Explorer 265 Clwydian Range
Starting Point:
Pistyll Gwyn Quarry Car Park B5430 one mile north of Llarmon-yn-ail OS SJ188 754. Nearest postcode CH7 5TQ


Let the walk leader know of any relevant medical conditions

Refer to the Handbook for walk related information and specifically for recommended walking equipment and safety information

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.