Dog at Moel famau trig point

Moel Famau, the highest point of the Clwydian Range of Hills in North Wales as well as the county of Flintshire. Standing at 554m (1818ft) in height above sea level it is a relatively straightforward walk to the top that offers spectacular views and scenery.

We were in the area and this particular hill was calling us so took the opportunity to climb it using a circular route that offered great variety and nature throughout it all. It boasts stunning panoramic views from its summit, reaching as far as Snowdonia and the Peak District.

The hill of Moel Famau and the whole of Moel Famau Country Park is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and as you wander up and around it you can definitely see why. Plus at the very top you discover the remnants of the historic Jubilee Tower.

We loved the walk, the dogs loved the walk. Let’s take a deeper look at this well known hill and the route.

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Jubilee Tower on Moel Famau

Walking Route Info

Distance: 3.5 miles (5.6 km)
Circular route
Moderately challenging
Start Point: Moel Famau Car Park. Postcode CH7 5SH

Download the GPX of the Moel Famau Circular Walk


Moel Famau holds a significant place in Welsh history and culture. The name “Moel Famau” translates to “Mother Mountain,” reflecting the deep-rooted connection this mountain has with the local community. It is believed to have been a place of worship and gathering for centuries, with ancient burial mounds found at its foothills.

One of the most prominent features of Moel Famau is the historic Jubilee Tower, constructed in 1810 to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of King George III. The overall design was to be reminiscent of the Ancient Egyptian Obelisks. Although the partially built tower only stood for a short period before being destroyed by a storm in 1862, its grand ruined remains provide a glimpse into the region’s past. As you arrive at the summit you’ll come across the tower’s base, a reminder of the area’s historical significance.

The Walk Up

The most popular routes to climb Moel Famau are via the lower and top car parks that are situated along the road named Bwich Pen Barras.

forest trees on moel famau


The lower/bottom car park is where I start my route and in satnavs it is called Moel Famau Car Park. Postcode CH7 5SH. There is a car park further up the valley, the Top Car Park. This makes for a shorter and plain walk up the hill but my circuit from the bottom car park covers both routes to get the best of all.


From the back of the car park you will see the path heading off and up into the trees. The first part of the walk is within the trees of the forest. Even in early Spring you could feel the green all around you. The dogs were having a fun time.

dogs having fun on moel famau

One thing I will say about this route. It is has steep sections. The path does tend to go straight up to the top rather than meandering. Every now and then there are paths off to the left that allow for a less steep ascent via a big zig and zag. However this does add onto your time and mileage. I found the cardio exercise of the path straight up ok.

The signs say better views but you get thse same views either way as you climb higher.

path choices on Moel Famau

As you climb up out of the treeline the summit itself comes into view ahead. The path may be steep in places but the top ahead gives that new incentive for your walk. You certailnly make up height nice and fast.

the top of moel famau in sight

As you make the climb up to the summit from here it is really worth turning around and looking back towards where you have come.

Above the trees you hae walked up through the views become expansive in all directions.

looking back down moel famau

The Summit

Being on the highest point in the area the strong breeze and fresh air can certainly be felt once on the top. It is a summit you will want to explore from the trig point to the ruins of Jubilee Tower.

Trig Point

You cannot miss the trig point as it is currently painted white, red and green. It is easy to see the Welsh colours. The paint is slowly fading away and it originally had a clear smiley face on it to represent Mistar Urdd. A happy mascot for the Urdd Youth Movement.

dogs at the trig point painted white, red and green

The Urdd movement was started way back in the 1920s as a campaign to protect the Welsh language and culture. It has now grown into a massive Welsh Youth movement, Urdd.

But of course you cannot miss the ruins of the Jubilee Tower we mentioned earlier. A great spot to shelter out of the wind for your lunch or to take in the panoramic views in all directions.

dogs at jubilee tower

From the summit of Moel Famau, you can see various landmarks and places. The rest of Clwydian Range naturally but also Snowdonia National Park, Liverpool Bay, and the Irish Sea. Additionally, you may also catch sight of the cities of Chester and Liverpool on clear days.

dog on moel famau

Heading Down

It was time to head back down, but via a different route. I found the route back down to the top car park much busier and seemed more popular for the straight up and downers.

The views as you leave the summit carry on being spectacular with the patchwork of moorland and heather on the slopes below.

path down moel famau

It really is a case of following the clear path all the way down but the beauty of this circular route is the completely different views over to the west.

For not a huge climb the views from Moel Famau are truly magnificent.

descending moel famau to top car park

Once down at the bottom of the path you will be at the top car park. Simply go through the car park and take the path that runs parallel with the road for about a mile or so and you will be right back at the start.

Wildlife and Natural Habitat

If you have the time to explore the slopes of the hill you might want to discover some of the wildlife and fauna. The heather has created a breeding ground for the elusive Black Grouse. Birdwatchers will be in their element at Moel Famau, as the area is home to a variety of bird species. Look out for the soaring buzzards, kestrels, and peregrine falcons, which can be seen circling the skies above the mountain.

The woodlands are also teeming with birdlife, including the melodious song of the skylark and the distinctive call of the great spotted woodpecker. Grey Wagtails can be found in the streams and rivers.

The flora of Moel Famau is equally captivating, with its vast expanses of heather, gorse, and bilberry. In spring and summer, the hills are adorned with a riot of colors as wildflowers bloom, including delicate bluebells, vibrant foxgloves, and striking orchids. The scent of the wild thyme fills the air, adding to the sensory experience of exploring this natural wonderland.

The changing seasons bring their own unique charm to Moel Famau. In spring, the hills come alive with a riot of colors as the flowers bloom, while autumn transforms the landscape into a tapestry of golden hues as the leaves change. No matter the time of year, Moel Famau’s natural beauty never fails to leave a lasting impression.

dog on the path

Exploring the Clwydian Range Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Moel Famau is located within the Clwydian Range Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a designated protected landscape that encompasses over 160 square kilometers of stunning countryside. This area is a paradise for nature enthusiasts, offering a wealth of outdoor activities and attractions.

Aside from Moel Famau, the Clwydian Range boasts several other peaks worth exploring, including Foel Fenlli and Moel Arthur. These hills offer spectacular views and provide a sense of tranquility away from the crowds. The Offa’s Dyke Path, which runs through the Clwydian Range, is a popular choice for walkers looking to immerse themselves in the region’s natural beauty.

For those interested in history and archaeology, the Clwydian Range is dotted with ancient sites, including Iron Age hillforts and Bronze Age burial mounds. These remnants of the past add an additional layer of intrigue to the already captivating landscape, allowing visitors to delve into the region’s rich heritage.

Nearby attractions

While Moel Famau is undoubtedly a captivating destination in its own right, there are also several nearby attractions and day trips worth exploring. Just a short drive away is Loggerheads Country Park, a picturesque nature reserve that offers woodland walks, picnic spots, and a visitor center.

For history buffs, the medieval market town of Ruthin is a must-visit. Explore the historic Ruthin Castle, indulge in the local cuisine at one of the charming eateries, or wander through the narrow streets lined with traditional Welsh architecture.

If you’re craving a coastal adventure, the vibrant seaside town of Llandudno is within reach. Take a stroll along the iconic Victorian pier, explore the Great Orme Nature Reserve, or simply relax on the sandy beaches.

Where To Stay

Moel Famau was a perfect hill excursion from the Off-Grid Shack we were staying in on the hills above Llangollen. The drive was less than 30 minutes.

The Druid Inn, Plas Efenechtyd Cottage, and The Hand Hotel are some other options for places to stay near Moel Famau.

nearing the summit


Moel Famau, the hidden gem of North Wales, offers a captivating blend of natural beauty, rich history, and diverse wildlife. Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or a casual walker, this enchanting destination has something to offer everyone. From the panoramic views at the summit to the ancient remnants of the Jubilee Tower, every step reveals a new facet of this remarkable landscape.

Embark on an unforgettable adventure, and let the beauty of Moel Famau leave an indelible mark on your soul. Immerse yourself in the tranquility of the Clwydian Range, uncover the secrets of its ancient past, and marvel at the wonders of nature that call this hidden gem home. Moel Famau is waiting to be discovered, ready to take you on a journey you’ll never forget.

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