When we talk about the mountains of North Wales, nine times out of ten – Snowdon always crops up. The highest mountain in the British Isles is obviously synonymous with hiking, bouldering and mountain climbing; but there are other mountains outside of Snowdonia worthy of exploring. Moel Famau, the highest mountain in the Clywydian range, is a fantastic example of this.
For a great break in the area why not stay in one of the best lodges North Wales – at Tir Prince Lodge Park, Towyn. There is a great variety of interesting attractions and activities in this region, but for those that want to escape from all the seaside hustle and bustle then you can head over to the Clywydian Range for some awe-inspiring landscapes.
Formed in Silurian age, Moel Famau stands proud on the border that separates Flintshire and Denbighshire. The views from the summit are impeccable and allow you to see much of the North West of England and North Wales. On a clear day you can see over to Liverpool and Manchester in the North East and over to Snowdon itself in the North West.
On top of the summit there is a tower (originally designed as an Egyptian obelisk!) that started to be built in 1810 to commemorate George III’s golden jubilee. Unfortunately, due to financial difficulties and a lack of funding the building was never finished. The incomplete tower was brought down by a great storm in 1862 and today only the base remains.
There are numerous walks that can be taken to reach the glorious summit of Moel Famau. Depending on both how much time you’ve got and how fit you are, you can tailor an individual walk to your needs. Most walks to the top will take you along parts of Offa’s Dyke, the footpath that runs the length of the Welsh-English border. It is one of Britain’s premier National Trails and people from all over the world come to walk its line. If you’re based in one of Towyn’s lodges, the start of Offa’s Dyke’s is situated just up the road in Prestatyn.
Moel Famau offers exhilarating and varied circular walks and stunning panoramic views from its summit. Being up any mountain can give you clarity, decrease your worries, lower your stress levels, and, all the while, keeping your health in check.
After a hefty walk you’ll be glad to hear that there are some lovely restaurants in the vicinity – now you surely deserve a slap up meal and a glass of wine!