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Hiraethog Forest

About Hiraethog Forest

Situated south west of Ruthin, Hiraethog forest extends to over 6000 hectares (15000 acres). This is a productive working forest but with plenty of space for activities and quiet enjoyment. Species include a mix of Norway spruce, pines and larches.

Mynydd Hiraethog, which Hiraethog Forest is part of, translates as "the hills of great longing". It is an extensive upland area with a broad rolling landscape. 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.

Many miles of very quiet forest roads, numerous car parks and waymarked walks make the forests ideal locations for family cycling, walking and horse riding.

The Alwen Forest, Llyn Brenig and Clocaenog Forest all lie within Hiraethog Forest.

Download the map of this area (pdf - 598k)

How to get there:

Ruthin and Cerrigydrudion are the nearest towns or villages.

Follow the B5105 from Ruthin. Follow the B5105 or the B4501 from Cerrigydrudion.

OS Grid Reference: SJ 037 510
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Places to go in Hiraethog Forest


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WalkingCyclingHorse RidingWildlife ActivitiesView PointHeritageFishingPicnic
horse riding Permissive access for horse riders throughout Hiraethog Forest in Clocaenog, Alwens, Rhyd y Gaseg, Pool Parc, Bontuchel, Coed Moel Famau, Coed Llangwyfan, Coed Nercwys. :NO ACCESS to horse riders in Corwen, Cynwyd, Carrog, Halton Wood, Nantyr, Coed Foel, Gwrych Castle, Elwy Valley, Craig Arthbury


Mike Whitley
Local Area Manager
0300 065 3000

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Hiraethog - waymarked walks

Warning - Trails can become slippery due to adverse weather conditions. Please take extra care when in the forest. Suitable footwear should be worn at all times.

Sometimes parts of forests are closed because of events or forestry work.  Wherever possible, Natural Resources Wales will try to minimise disruption to forest visitors and to Public Rights of Way, and will only make a formal CRoW closure/diversion if there is a Health & Safety risk. On-site signage will also tell you whether rights of way are open or closed.

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