One of the most iconic hills in North Wales, Moel Famau is a 1,821ft (555m) peak that divides the counties of Denbighshire and Flintshire. We grew up with the summit being a daily viewpoint, albeit from opposite sides, so there’s always a lovely warmth and familiarity about this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty for both of us. This post includes photos and videos from many visits to Moel Famau and the surrounding forests and hills.
Moel Famau Walking Route
Distance 4.9 miles
Time 2 hours (walking leisurely)
Total Ascent 1,257ft
Summits Moel Famau
Views south – the Vale of Clwyd and Snowdonia’s peaks, north – the Welsh coast, the Wirral & Liverpool.
This ascent of Moel Famau via Clwyd Forest gives sumptuous forest scenery to wander up through, and huge views over the Vale of Clwyd for the descent. Timing the descent for sunset can be a real treat, with the views stretching out to Snowdonia’s mountain peaks on a good night.
1. Ascending Moel Famau from the lower Bwlch Penbarras car park on the Mold side is great fun, the forest offers so much in every season, and is always a peaceful & meditative wander.
2. My son loves looking out for the animals carved into tree stumps alongside the well kept trails.
3. When we time Jubilee Tower for golden hour, it’s wonderful to head down the path to the main car park, with incredible views over the Vale of Clwyd as the sun sets on the opposite side.
4. From the main car park it’s a short wander on the edge of the forest road back down to the car.