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Cilcain Walks

The small village of Cilcain is located just to the east of the first range of hills you come to as you cross the border from England into North Wales, the Clwydian Hills. The area is justifiably classified “an area of outstanding natural beauty” and if you are fit enough, you can walk up to the nearly 2,000ft. high Moel Famau within a hour of parking on the tourist’s car parks ½ mile due west of the village centre.

These are walks I do and love. I highly recommend using the Viewranger app. on your phone. You can download these routes to your phone and be confident that you will never get lost. Proceeds from the sale of my routes, (if you download the interactive version to a phone there is usually a charge of 50p) go to Nightingale House Hospice.

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Moel Famau & Jubilee Tower from Cilcain

Cilcain Walks (9). Moel Famau (1,800ft) and Jubilee Tower with a taste of Offa's Dyke Path. Jubilee Tower was begun in 1810 to commemorate the golden jubilee of George III but was never completed. A storm in 1862 destroyed most of the tower, with only the base remaining today.

This is a route away from the madding crowds that flock to Moel Famau most weekends. Although it is only 6.6 miles, some short steep sections may be challenging if you are not too fit. Stop for a breather if you need to and admire the wonderful views across the Vale of Clwyd to Snowdon and Cader Idris.

Category: Walking

Length: 10.580 km / 6.61 mi

Difficulty: Medium with some strenuous.

Surface: Moderate with some loose shale and boggy areas after wet weather.

Date Published: 18th September 2020


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Moel Arthur Summit, Vale of Clwyd & Cilcain

Cilcain Walks (8). Climb to the summit of Moel Arthur on this 9 mile (you can easily shorten it) walk through beautiful countryside. See derelict cottages and visit the historic village of Cilcain.

Category: Walking

Length: 14.270 km / 8.92 mi (you can easily shorten it)

Difficulty: Medium/hard

Surface: Moderate

Date Published: 7th May 2019


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In Search of the Lost Leete

Cilcain Walks (7). Uncovering a bit more of the fascinating history of our area, this walk takes a close look at the less well-known section of the leete between Trial Hill and Rhydymwyn. My notes include a fair bit of the history of the activities in the Alyn Valley 200 and more, years ago. It's an easy walk if you leave out the part damaged by recent forestry workings.

Category: Walking

Length: 8.420 km / 5.26 mi

Difficulty: Medium

Surface: Moderate

Date Published: 21st August 2020


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Moel Llys y Coed, Moel Plas Yw, Firewood Farm

Cilcain Walks (6).  This splendid route from Cilcain offers spectacular views and ruined cottages. There is a fair amount of gentle climbing to help keep you fit, take your time and enjoy.  This walk is a little longer than some of my walks, but a look at the map will reveal that you can break it down into 3 different walks. For me, the best part is from the Moel Arthur road walking around Moel Plas Yr, the ruins of Pen-y-ffrith cottage and past Firewood Farm. Beautiful scenery, historic interest and you probably won't meet another person.

Category: Walking

Length: 13.080 km / 8.18 mi

Difficulty: Medium

Surface: Moderate

Date Published: 12th August 2020


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Historic Cilcain, Leete, Loggerheads, Brithdir Mawr

Cilcain Walks (5). Although a little longer than some of the Cilcain Walks, you are rewarded with historic interest and great beauty. The leete, once a hive of industrial activity is probably at its best in the autumn. (NB Loggerheads Park gets very busy at weekends).

Category: Walking

Length: 11.960 km / 7.48 mi

Difficulty: Medium

Surface: Moderate

Date Published: 10th August 2020


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Hanson Quarry Woods


Cilcain Walks (4). The Hanson Woods. I'm not usually a fan of road walking, so apologies for the first and last parts of this walk, although the roads are quiet and the views good. For great views of the wild garlic (and bluebells) visit in May, though any time of year is magic.

Category: Walking

Surface: Smooth

Difficulty: Easy

Length: 6.090 km / 3.81 mi

Last Modified: 29th July 2020


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Panorama Walk. Castell, Moel Famau, Penline Gate.

Cilcain Walks (3). This is another splendid route from Cilcain. It starts at the Old Water Pumping station half a mile south west of the village centre. There is limited parking by the old water station, or you can use one of the two tourist car parks half a mile west of the village centre.  

Category: Walking

Length: 8.780 km / 5.49 mi

Difficulty: Medium

Surface: Rough

Date Published: July 2020


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Millennium Woods, Leete, Frith Mountain


Cilcain Walks (2). For days when the weather suggests that gaining altitude is not such a good idea, this is a pleasant short walk taking in the quieter part of the Leete path. There are two steep but short climbs, conditions can be muddy and slippery after wet Weather.

Category: Walking

Length: 6.020 km / 3.76 mi

Difficulty: Medium

Surface: Moderate

Date Published: 24th July 2020


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The Three Cottages Walk


Cilcain Walks (1). Much of the route of this delightful walk is little used and takes in some great views towards Snowdonia. You will pass the ruins of three cottages.The route is fairly easy with no steep ascents.

Category: Walking

Length: 12.160 km / 7.60 mi

Difficulty: Medium

Surface: Moderate

Date Published: 18th July 2020


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Walking boot in Cilcain Walker in Cilcain Gee, these are great walks!