Apparently Moel Famau 1818ft (translates as ‘Mother Hill’ or ‘Hill of the Mothers’ and is the highest summit in the Clwydian Range. A popular peak as it is easily accessible and isn’t a strenuous ascent, so is often busy with walkers, mountain bikers, fell runners and families who make their way up to the Jubilee tower, which was built to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of George III in 1810
For me it is my ‘Back Yard’ Hill as it is close by and I often take the dogs up after work or at the weekend if I am not ‘Away to the Hills’.Although it may not be a 3000 footer, it still offers great views out across North Wales, with good views of the Snowdonian peaks on a clear day, and an abundance of nature.
There is something enchanting & mysterious about the Clwydian Range, perhaps it is due to it being steeped in History. Moel Arthur and Foel Fenlli was the location of hill forts from the Iron Age and Offa’s Dyke was constructed in Anglo-Saxon times under the instruction of King Offa of Mercia from 757 to 796. With its views across Wales to the West and across Cheshire to the East, it is easy to inspire the imagination to think of King Offa on top of the peaks looking over his Kingdom.
Or maybe it has something to do with the folklore & ghostly sightings that people have experienced whilst on the hills:
We then set off down and then up to Moel Dywyll following the Offa’s Dyke path to Moel Arthur, the hill fort which is believed to be a contender for the place that Boudicca final resting place, and is said to be frequented by an apparition of a ‘Grey Lady’. Without seeing the Grey Lady, we continued over farmland, crossing styles welcomed by the Spring lambs and wild flowers. The air was filled with the sounds of bird song including Meadow Pipits, sky larks and the mew of buzzards. The area also has a great selection of birds of prey with sightings of Buzzards, Kestrels, Merlin, Peregrine and Hen Harriers seen over the moorland. The area has also welcomed back grouse after successful breeding, so be prepared for a startle if one flies out!
The next section of the path was a mixture of fields, woodland and country roads passing by Coed Cwm and Moel Hiraddug before eventually leading up to Graig Fawr which welcomes you with a stunning view looking down toward Prestatyn and across to the coast..
A great, long walk, which we completed in about 10hrs with over a route that offered great views, non too strenuous ascents and a host of flora & fauna iwth a varied landscape. Best done in Spring/Summer, which provides a long period of day light, and is not to be missed if you are looking for an achievable long distance walk in the North Wales area.