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We can supply an all inclusive six nights package including bed, breakfast, packed lunch, evening meal, and guide led walks for as little as £435 per person, staying at Beaufort Park Hotel. Based on a double room two people sharing. For a single person there would be a supplement of £150.
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Sample Two Day Walking Programme
Penycloddiau. Moel Arthur and a Drovers’ Road
Starting from the pass between Moel y Parc and Penycloddiau. Note the stand of Scots Pines in this area. These are clearly visible from a distance. Originally there would have been just three as these mark such places as passes and taverns on the routes of the Drovers. We follow the Clwydian way along the old Drovers’ Road to the west of the hills. This is part of the route from Denbigh to Mold. The first section is gently down hill with wide views over the Vale of Clwyd in the direction of Snowdonia. On a clear day the mountains between Snowdon and Cader Idris are visible. We eventually reach the road and cross over a now noticeable bridge. This is known locally as London Bridge this is because the Drovers following this road could eventually reach London.
The route still continues along the side the mountain passing a partly constructed house. Eventually the road begins to climb gently to reach the pass between Moel Arthur and Moel Llys y Coed. We now cross over to the other side of the mountain and leave the Drovers’ Road for a slightly higher route. This takes us on the edge of the mountain with views towards Moel Fammau and a hidden Cwm. The farm here was until a few years ago derelict. It and the land around it have now been restored.
We rejoin the Drovers’ Road for a short distance to Pedair Groesffordd (Four roads cross). Here we take another Drovers’ Road this time to the pass between Moel Llys y Coed and Moel Dywyll. Although this road would have been used in both directions by the Drovers its principal use was to bring the animals over from the Vale of Clwyd to join the route from Denbigh to Mold. The animals would be taken to various markets at Mold and those further afield in North West England. Some of the animals were taken all the way to London and South East. There is for example a long tradition of Welsh sheep being fattened on Romney Marshes before being supplied to the London Markets. This continues to this day.
At the pass we start our return journey by going following the Offa’s Dyke Path along the ridge for a short while. We then take a path which takes us back to Moel Arthur. We now pick up the Offa’s Dyke Path again. We now follow this long distance trail over the shoulder of Moel Arthur. This is one of six Celtic Hillforts on the Clwydian Range. A short detour maybe made to the summit of this mountain. It is reputed that King Arthur buried a “Crock of Gold” on this mountain. We then go down the side of the mountain before taking the gentle climb to the summit of Penycloddiau.
This is the largest Celtic Fort in this area. It is also a mystery as it is obviously too big to have been defended. Although there is a pond near the summit there is no other source of water. This too would have made defending a long siege almost impossible. We continue to the start. The whole of the return route has wide views from Cadair Idris on Cardigan Bay to the Cumbrian Hills and Pennines.
As part of a two night weekend break with just Bed and Breakfast at Oriel House Hotel, £165 per person (plus £70 for single supplement).
As part of a two night weekend break with just Bed and Breakfast
at Beaufort Park Hotel, £138 per person (plus £30 for single supplement).
Moel Fammau and the Alyn Valley
Moel Fammau is the highest mountain on the Clwydian Range. This walk takes us on a rather long route to the summit before descending to walk alongside the Alyn River.
We start from the Loggerheads. This became well known during the 1930s and the immediate post war years. During this period Crosville Motor Company used to bring hundreds of people from Liverpool and Birkenhead at weekends and Bank Holidays. At the Loggerheads Crosville had built a rather large tea room and gardens. The whole area is now owned by Denbighshire County Council.
We leave the Country Park by walking along a lane for a short while. We then join a path alongside a stream and head towards Moel Fammau. At this stage it looks as if we are climbing direct to the summit. However, we take a track through the forest to a picnic area and then follow paths and tracks up a less strenuous route to the summit.
The ruins at the top of the mountain are the remains of a Tower constructed to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of George III. This must have been an impressive structure as the base is all that remains. The structure fell down shortly after its construction. This is a magnificent view point. There are interpretation boards on the base to help you identify the various hill tops and buildings.
We leave the summit by following the Offa’s Dyke Path down the side of the mountain. We then take a bridleway that goes around the Flintshire side of the mountain overlooking the villages of Cilcain and Pantymwyn. For part of the way this track goes alongside the forest. At the end of the forest we leave it and cross down over hill to Brithdir Mawr.
This is 15th Century Manor House and was used in the making of the film Bridie and Jackie the story of Jacqueline du Pre. The path becomes a road which leads us to a path down to cross a footbridge over the River Alyn.
The river at this stage is often dry. The path takes us up hill to join a now disused Leete. This leete took the water from the river before it dropped down a pot to travel underground and fed the mines and quarries, in this way guaranteeing the supply. The walk finishes at the Loggerheads Country Park.
As part of a weekend break for two nights Bed, Breakfast, Packed
Lunch, Dinner, guides for walks, based on two
people sharing a room at Oriel House Hotel, £165 per person (plus £70
for single supplement).
As part of a weekend break for two nights Bed, Breakfast, Packed Lunch, Dinner, guides for walks, based on two people sharing a room at Springfield Hotel, £145 per person (plus £30 for single supplement).
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