Clocaenog Forest (NRW)

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Experience this huge forest's stunning landscapes and rich wildlife

Clocaenog Forest is part of the bigger Hiraethog Forest covering 6000 hectares (15000 acres) on a broad rolling landscape. This in turn is part of Mynydd Hiraethog - the 'hills of great longing'.

This large forest lies to the north of the B5105 on the Hiraethog Moors. It is very quiet and as a result is home to one of Wales's remaining populations of red squirrel and a key area for the increasingly rare black grouse. We look after areas of the forest to help these species. There are wildlife viewing hides and even Prezewalski horses being used to keep ancient monuments clear of vegetation. There are many breeding birds of prey species.

The walks introduce you to the varied scenery of Clocaenog Forest. You can experience changing forest landscapes, open moorland, wildlife, ancient history, rivers, a beautiful lake and superb views. With gentle strolls, pleasant short walks, exhilarating longer routes and breathtaking summit climbs, there is something for all tastes.

Many miles of very quiet forest roads and numerous car parks makes this forest an ideal location for family cycling and horse riding. There is open access for horse riders throughout Hiraethog Forest.

Boncyn Foel Bach

This is a very scenic view point and picnic area, with terrific views south and east towards Clwydian Range, the Llantysilio Mountains and the Berwyns. OS Grid Red: SJ055520

Bryn Beddau

This is the gateway to the Przewalski Horses Project. Don't be put off by the straight road ahead, you will get a great view of these special horses if you follow it.

Please note:
Sometimes we need to close or divert trails for your safety whilst we undertake maintenance work or forest operations.
Occasionally we may have to close a site in extreme weather, such as high winds or snow and ice due to the risk of injury to visitors or staff.
Please always follow any instructions onsite and make sure you follow any temporary diversion signs in place.

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  • Dogs Accepted

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Map & Directions

Road Directions

Clocaenog is part of Hiraethog Forest.
Ruthin, Cyffylliog, Clawdd Newydd, and Clocaenog are the nearest towns or villages.

The Bod Petryal car park is on the B5105 between Cerrigydrudion and Clawddnewydd.
The OS grid reference is SJ 036 512.

The Pincyn Lys car park - From Bontuchel take the minor road south west and the Pincyn Lys car park is located shortly after the road enters the forest.
The OS grid reference is SJ 060 557.

The Boncyn Foel Bach car park - From the west: take the B5105 from Ruthin and Boncyn Foel Bach car park is signposted on the right, two miles after the village of Clawddnewydd.

From the east: take the B5105 towards Ruthin and Boncyn Foel Bach car park is signposted on the left, about a mile after the Bod Petryal car park.
The OS grid reference is SJ 055 520.

The Graig Ddu car park - Graig Ddu is on the B5105 between Cerrigydrudion and Clawddnewydd at the western end of Clocaenog Forest.
The OS grid reference is SJ 014 501.

The Foel Frech car park - From the B5105 Ruthin to Cerrigydrudion road, take the road opposite the Bod Petryal car park. After two miles turn left at the first crossroads, signposted Pentrellyn-cymmer. After ½ mile the Foel Frech car park is on the left.
The OS grid reference is SJ 026 547.

The Coed y Fron Wyllt car park - Take the B5105 from Ruthin to Clawddnewydd. Opposite the pub in the village of Llanfwrog take the minor road signposted Bontuchel. Turn first left when you reach Bontuchel. After ½ mile Coed y Fron Wyllt car park is on the left.
The OS grid reference is SJ 081 570.

The Coed Efail yr Rhidyll / Pool Park car park - Coed Efail yr Rhidyll/Pool Park car park is signposted on the B5105 between Clawddnewydd and Ruthin.
The OS grid reference is SJ 102 561.

The Rhyd y gaseg car park - Take the B5105 from Ruthin to Clawddnewydd. Opposite the church in the village of Llanfwrog turn left. After half a mile the car park is on the right.
The OS grid reference is SJ 103 556.

Clocaenog Forest (NRW)

Type:Forest or Woodland

Clocaenog Forest (NRW), Nr Llanfihangel, Ruthin, Denbighshire, LL15 2AS

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