Clwydian Range, Mountains Afonwen, Denbighshire - Wales where to go, what to see and where to stay in Wales


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The Clwydian Range of Hills, also known as the Clwyd Hills, are located between the Vale of Clwyd and the River Dee in the north east of Wales. They form a 35km north to south chain of undulating hills that stretch from Prestatyn in the north to the Nant y Garth pass in the south. There are glorious views of the Dee Estuary to the east, the Vale of Clwyd and the foothills of Snowdonia to the west. But the hills themselves are best viewed from within the Vale of Clwyd, or from further afield along the North wales coast from where the silhouette of the rolling hills can be best appreciated. The hills themselves consist of open heather moorland with small hedged fields and coppice woodland on the lower slopes. In places, limestone rock outcrops are exposed in attractive wooded escarpments and on the fringes of the area, highly fertile farmland gives a soft pastoral foreground to the hills. | Although dismissed by some serious mountain walkers the Clwyd Hills are never the less a popular trail for those who prefer the rather easier slopes of the Clwyds, and both the Offa's Dyke Path and the Clwydian Way long distance footpath follow the line of the Clwydian Range. |The hills include Moel y Parc 398m, Moel Plas-yw 420m, Moel Arthur 456m, Moel Llys y Coed 465m, Moel Famau 554m, Moel y Gaer 339m, Foel Fenlli 511m, Moel Eithinen 434m, Moel Gyw 467m, Moel Llanfair 447m, Moel y Plas 440m, Moel y Gelli 361m, Moel y Waen 412m.| But it is not just walkers who appreciate the Clwyd Hills. To their great credit Denbighshire County Council has constructed a series of Mountain Bike Trails and an ever growing band of bike riders appreciate both the wild and wacky tracks or the more gentle trails through the quiet lanes and peaceful villages of the Clwyd Range.
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