Moel Famau | Denbighshire & Flintshire
Moel Famau is the highest hill in the Clwydian Range and is situated on the boundary between Denbighshire and Flintshire.
What is Moel Famau
Moel Famau is situated in a country park near Loggerheads between Mold and Ruthin in North Wales. The park it is situated in covers an area of over 3 square miles.
An area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB) the peak of the hill stands at 1818ft / 554m and has some stunning views in every direction. On clear days you will be able to see the Snowdonia range to the west, the Irish Sea to the north and Liverpool and Chester to the east. If you’re really lucky you may even catch a glimpse of Blackpool Tower in the distance.
At the top of Moel Famau you will find the remains of Jubilee Tower.
What is Jubilee Tower?
Built to celebrate the golden jubilee of George III in 1810, it is a Grade II listed building. If you think it has echoes of an Egyptian obelisk, then you won’t be wrong. However, lack of funds means that is was never actually completed.
What’s more, a storm brought down parts of the tower in 1862. As a result much of the upper parts were removed for safety and today just the base remains.
Those views! On a clear day, the views in every direction are beautifully stunning. The many walking routes up Moel Famau are clearly marked and well maintained. This makes it a great hill for beginner looking for a challenge. However, be warned, the last elevation in particular is steep and very tough if you’re not fit, so take it easy and enjoy it.
Parking is great and reasonably priced. There are also some lovely picnic areas located at both car parks.
There aren’t many toilets at Moel Famau and none at the peak or at the top car park. Therefore be sure to pop into the layby in the first car park before heading off on your walk.
It can also get incredibly busy at peak times so be warned that parking can get a little intense and not everyone keeps their dogs on leads when walking up. If you can go at a time where you can avoid the crowds though, it’s definitely worth the climb.
Not quite a Boo, but remember that although it’s “just” a hill, Moel Famau is still a high peak with some very steep parts to it. Therefore be sure to dress appropriately and suitable clothing and footwear. It’s also worth checking the weather before setting off.
Parking at Moel Famau
There are two main car parks with walking routes starting from both. They are well maintained and the furthest car park is only £1.50 to park all day.
Coed Moel Famau is 5 miles south west of Mold and straddles the county borders of Denbighshire and Flintshire.