Description: An attempted hike to the summit of Craig Bron Banog from Bod Petrual, in the Clocaenog Forest.
Parking Information: Car park at Bod Petrual, the start of the walk (Free).
Spring is just around the corner, and I’m starting to think about the long days of summer ahead, and of the many trips to Snowdonia I have planned. It’s time, therefore, to start preparing, and I thought a fairly gentle walk to the summit of Craig Bron Banog in the Clocaenog forest would be nice. It didn’t quite work out that way, however.
As I drove along the B5105 from Ruthin towards the start of the walk, I started noticing signs for “Spectators”, and wondered what event was taking place. Getting nearer to Bod Petrual I began to see cars parked in every little spot at the side of the road, and then at the end of one of the forest roads I saw the reason – rally cars. I was somewhat surprised then to find plenty of available parking at Bod Petrual, and set off on my walk, but it wasn’t long before the noise of the rally cars filled the air and shattered the silence.
Aside from the noise, it was a pleasant start to the walk, through the forest after stopping to admire the small lake. The route soon leaves the forest, and I had forgotten how much of the route is on metalled roads – first a small section along the same B5105 that the rally cars were using to get back to the start of their course, and then on much quieter roads through the forest. Sadly the only other off-road path I would take today would be the final leg in the forest, where I had started.
After a few miles, I reached what should have been a small track off the road and up to Craig Bron Banog, however it was now a wide forest road beside a works compound. I spotted an information board and went to read it, and found to my disappointment that the forest was closed due to the construction of Clocaenog Wind Farm, with work not due to finish until October 2019. After studying the map and realising there was no way through, I turned around and headed back down the road again.
I’ve updated the route page with a notice that the forest is closed, and I’ll schedule a return visit once the work is completed, to check on access to the forest and the hill again. In the meantime, avoid this route and any others in the area.