Clocaenog Forest is part of the bigger Hiraethog Forest covering 6000 hectares (15000 acres) on a broad rolling landscape. This in turn is part of Mynydd Hiraethog - the 'hills of great longing'.
This large forest lies to the north of the B5105 on the Hiraethog Moors. It is very quiet and as a result is home to one of Wales's remaining populations of red squirrel and a key area for the increasingly rare black grouse. We look after areas of the forest to help these species. There are wildlife viewing hides and even Prezewalski horses being used to keep ancient monuments clear of vegetation. There are many breeding birds of prey species.
The walks introduce you to the varied scenery of Clocaenog Forest. You can experience changing forest landscapes, open moorland, wildlife, ancient history, rivers, a beautiful lake and superb views. With gentle strolls, pleasant short walks, exhilarating longer routes and breathtaking summit climbs, there is something for all tastes.
Many miles of very quiet forest roads and numerous car parks makes this forest an ideal location for family cycling and horse riding. There is open access for horse riders throughout Hiraethog Forest.
How to get there:
Clocaenog is part of Hiraethog Forest. Ruthin, Cyffylliog, Clawdd Newydd, and Clocaenog are the nearest towns or villages.
Follow the B5105 from Ruthin.
OS Grid Reference: SJ 037 510
For details of public transport visit http://www.traveline-cymru.info/
Start your visit from:Pincyn Llys
Bontuchel Wildlife Hide
Foel Frech Bird Hide
Bod Petrual Car Park
Boncyn Foel Bach
Rhyd y Gaseg
Coed y Fron Wyllt
Other places to go in Hiraethog Forest
Open access throughout Clocaenog Forest
Local Area Manager
0300 068 0300