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the hairy legged hiker walking in WalesWhere is it?  The walk starts and stops at the village of Cilcain, Flintshire
How long will it take ? : Approximately 4 to 5 hr
What's the attraction? : Beautiful views of the Vale of Clwyd and views toward Snowdonia.
Essentials : Stout footwear.
Rating : Moderate, good walking ground but the stretches to the top of Moel Famau and Moel Arthur are steep. Click the terrain button on map.
Car Parking : Car Parking is scarce in the village of Cilcain. There is a Car Park but for residents only. However Flintshire Council have it sorted! Follow the lane past the Church (uphill) for a short way and you will find two large parking places (yellow pushpin). Return to the Church to start the walk.
Facilities : Nice Pub in the village but check the opening hours before you start off or you may be disappointed if relying on refreshments at the finish.


Directions :   [ Map of Moel Famau to Moel Arthur Walk location ]
Leave the A55 at Junction 31 near Holywell. Take the B 5122 to Caerwys. Continue to Afonwen junction and bear left along the A541 toward Nannerch. Ignore the sign to Nannerch and carry on along the A541 for approx. 2km. Look out for the sign to Cilcain and bear right down the road to Cilcain.
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Lets Go !

Moel Arthur as seen from Moel Llys-y-CoedThe walk starts at the church of St Mary's in the village of Cilcain (red pushpin).Take the narrow lane to the west of the church. Continue downhill to the crossroads, go straight across the crossroads entering the lane to Tyddyn-y-foel. After a few yards turn right crossing an interesting stone stile. Your destination Moel Famau can be seen in the distance. Follow the way markers across two fields to a track. Bear left and then immediately right along another track. Follow the track past a small reservoir and you come to a clump of lazy trees alongside the path. Well they're not really lazy trees, but the branches grow down to the ground before growing upwards and outwards and they look lazy.

Continue along the track upwards and onwards to the top of Moel Famau eventually passing a coniferous plantation on your left. Take time to enjoy the fine views of Flintshire, toward the Wirral and the Cheshire Plain on the final part of the ascent.

On reaching the summit of Moel Famau you will see the Jubilee Tower, or what is left of it, it's a bit of an eyesore but the parapet walls afford shelter from the westerly winds while enjoying the views over the Vale of Clwyd. Look north and south to view the Clwydian Range of hills ... the northern section of the Offa's Dyke Path that wends it's way from Chepstow to Prestatyn.

Having enjoyed the view head north west following the Offa's Dyke way markers to Moel Arthur. You now have a pleasant 2.5 mile, 4 km, section of ridge to walk with just a few small climbs over Moel Dywyll and Moel Llys-y-Coed. In the distance you will see a small peak that looks disconcertingly like Moel Arthur, but fear not. Moel Arthur is not quite so far away, .... being slightly smaller it is hidden from view by Moel Llys-y-Coed.

Views of FlintshireOn reaching the long flat summit of Moel Llys-y-Coed you will have plenty of time to decide whether to include Moel Arthur in your trip.

Take care on the steep descent to the lay by and road that separates the two hills. Pass through the kissing-gates and follow the track to the top of Moel Famau, (diverting from the Off'a Dyke Path). Take the same path to descend Moel Arthur, and bear left on returning to the road.

Alternatively cut out the climb to Moel Arthur and bear right down the lane to return to Cilcain.

After 200 yards bear right, keeping the woodland to your left, and follow another track until eventually reaching a cross roads. Go straight across and follow the lane downhill toward Cilcain and your car. The village pub is just a few hundred yards past the Car Park.

 

Please -- click on the pictures -- for enlarged pictures of the walk on Moel Famau to Moel Arthur,   near Cilcain, Flintshire, North Wales, UK.

The walk starts at St Mary's Church Cilcain Stone stile on the track toward Moel Famau
The walk starts at St Mary's Church Cilcain
 
Stone stile on the track toward Moel Famau
Crossing the fields towards Moel Famau   Reservoir
Crossing the fields towards Moel Famau
 
Reservoir close to the track
Clump of lazy trees
Fallen trees
Clump of lazy trees
 
Fallen trees across the track.
Moss covered trees against the russet coloured (goch) dead bracken
Views over the county of Flintshire
Moss covered trees against a background of russet coloured (goch) dead bracken
 
Views over the county of Flintshire
It's not exactly a wilderness up here   Nearing the summit of Moel Famau and the Jubilee Tower
It's not exactly a wilderness up here with way markers where paths cross. Go straight on
 
Nearing the summit of Moel Famau and the Jubilee Tower
Looking south  along the Clwyd Hills
Looking south  along the Clwyd Hills with the track from Ruthin
Looking south along the Clwyd Hills
 
Looking south along the Clwydian Range with the track from Ruthin  showing on the right of the picture
Looking toward Moel Dwyll Looking toward Moel Dwyll and Moel-Llys-y-Coed
Looking toward Moel Dwyll
 
We follow the ridge toward Moel Dwyll and Moel-Llys-y-Coed
The track gently climbs to Moel-Llys-y-Coed   Looking north toward Moel Arthur and the rolling Clwyd hills
The track gently climbs to Moel-Llys-y-Coed
 
Looking north toward Moel Arthur and the rolling Clwyd hills
Moel Arthur
Back to Cilcain
Descent from Moel Llys-y-Coed to Moel Arthur  
Back to Cilcain and the village pub.

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