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Clwydian Range

This range of pleasant grass and heather-covered hills lies in north-east Wales, and forms the northern section of the Offa’s Dike path. No apparent scope for rock-climbing, but nice easy walking with superb views.

The highest hill is Moel Famau at 554m (1800ft). This has a curious structure, the “Jubilee Tower”, on top. The building was started in the early nineteenth century to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of George III, but they ran out of money and later demolished most of it anyway, and only the stump remains (still quite impressive, and visible from miles away).

The range is quite extensive, with lots of other good hills, many of which have Iron-age hill forts around their summits. As the hills are lower and further east than Snowdonia, this would be a good wet weather escape on a rainy Sunday. Driving towards the midlands, leave the A5 at Cerrigydrudion and take the B5105 to Ruthin. OS Explorer sheet 265.

Summit of Moel Famau

Looking toward Moel Famau from Moel Dywyll

Moel Arthur from Moel Llys-y-Coed

Clywdian Range with Moel Famau on the right

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