Two Hill Forts

Built over 2,500 years ago around 500 BC, Moel Arthur and its larger neighbour Penycloddiau are two of a series of Iron Age hill forts to be found on the summits of the hills of the beautiful Clwydian Range in North Wales. Overlooking the Vale of Clwyd. Your reward for your exertion is wonderful views in all directions.


11 December 2022

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.

This is a straight-forward walk fairly close to home for a short December day. It takes in the Iron Age hill forts of Moel Arthur and Penycloddiau.

The walk begins and ends at the car park just east of Moel Arthur. This first leg of the walk has not been recce’d, we will find our way on the day. We head off northerly skirting Moel Plas-yw before turning westerly towards and passing Bryn-ffynnon. Crossing fields we walk below Penycloddiau on the north side until we reach Nant Coed-y-myndd.

Arenig Fawr scene
Arenig Fawr view

We now turn back on ourselves heading south easterly climbing gradually to the summit of Penycloddiau. We leave the summit dropping down through woodland until the saddle before climbing again to Moel Arthur. Its now a short walk down to the start point.

Here is the route map Note: it is in the reverse direction to the route we will be taking

Meeting Time:
Meeting Place:
At walk start point
Walk Starts:
Walk Finishes:
Duration (incl stops):
Highest Point:
438m Penycloddiau
Footpaths and tracks
OS Explorer 265 Clwydian Range
Starting Point:
Moel Arthur car park. Parking area at SJ146657 Nearest postcode LL15 1TD


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.