Feature: A Walk in the Clwydian Range
Designated an Area of Outstanding National Beauty (AONB), the 62-sq-mile Clwydian Range stretches from the coast at Prestatyn to within 10 miles of Llangollen. Most walkers rush past this string of heathy eminences in their haste to get to Snowdonia, and while it's lesser-known it's a no less attractive area for family walking and more strenuous hiking. The waymarked paths are easily accessed from Ruthin, Mold and Prestatyn, with some of the day walks criss-crossing the Offa's Dyke Path national trail.
As many as 500 wild goats live in these hills, putting on an impressive show when they lock horns during the autumn rut. The range's highest point is Moel Famau (554m), marked by the ruined Jubilee Tower, which was built in 1810 for the 50th jubilee of King George III. The original monument, a 35m obelisk, was to have been the first Egyptian-style monument to be built in Britain but funds ran out and it was never completed. The summit offers a spectacular view across the northwest from Liverpool to the Cheshire Plains.
The trailhead for many of the most popular day walks is the Clwydian Range Centre in Loggerheads Country Park, on the A494 Mold to Ruthin road (car park £3 per day). A popular day walk is the 6-mile circular route from Loggerheads via Moel Famau and along the Clwydian Way (allow 4½ hours). This and other waymarked trails are outlined in a brochure available from the centre.