Description: A Circular walk of 4 miles to the summit of Moel Famau.
Parking Information: Car park at Bwlch Penbarras, the start of the walk (£1).
As it’s been a while since my last walk I decided to begin again with something not too taxing, but I still wanted a nice walk with great views. The obvious choice, as it’s so close to home, was Moel Famau in the Clwydian range.
It’s been a few years since I last walked to the top, and to be honest my memory of it was that it was a longer and harder walk than it turned out to be. It was 4 miles and took me three hours, though you could do it in two. Three hours gives you plenty of time to make it up the steeper sections and to enjoy the views from the top.
The weather was perfect today; sunny and warm, with just a light breeze, and the views during the ascent and from the summit were wonderful. The mountains of Snowdonia could be clearly made out, as could the Irish sea.
I started the walk from the Bwlch Penbarras car park (£1.50 charge) and headed up the well-maintained and easy to follow path towards the jubilee tower on the summit. The only strenuous part was the final section, which had me panting a little, but was nothing too difficult. After a lunch break at the top enjoying the views, I headed back down through the forested section, following the blue route. The top section of this is quite steep and rocky, but the rest of the route is very straightforward. You could of course always return to the start using the same path as you came up.
After reaching the “bottom” car park I followed the green route, which runs adjacent to the road back to the “top” car park, to complete the loop.
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