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Coed Llandegla Forest

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Coed Llandegla Forest
Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 21 Feb 2013 Walk rating : Rating:star1 Coed Llandegla Forest Walking Guidestar1 Coed Llandegla Forest Walking Guidestar1 Coed Llandegla Forest Walking Guidestar1 Coed Llandegla Forest Walking Guidestar1 Coed Llandegla Forest Walking Guide
Denbighshire,
Walk Type: Woodland
Coed Llandegla Forest
Length: 7 miles,  Difficulty: boot Coed Llandegla Forest Walking Guide boot Coed Llandegla Forest Walking Guide boot Coed Llandegla Forest Walking Guide
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A 7 mile circular woodland walk through the coniferous plantation of Coed Llandegla Forest in Denbighshire. The walk is fairly strenuous but worthwhile to access some of the most peaceful woodland in the country – if you visit outside peak times stop halfway round, stand still and listen and you will hear absolutely nothing! Where the views open up they are really breathtaking and on clear days it is possible to see the peak of Snowdon. The route climbs to the top of the spruce plantations and continues all the way to the west of the forest perhaps giving you chance to see some of the forest’s rarer residents – the black grouse and the nightjar.

The route follows mostly well made stone tracks and paths with just one section following an unmade section of ground, which can be a little muddy. There are many climbs and descents throughout some of which are very long and others of which are very steep so good sturdy footwear is recommended. There are a couple of kissing gates but otherwise the paths are open. Dogs are welcome but must be under control to keep them away from the mountain bike trails that also run through the forest. There is a cafe and toilets at the visitor centre at the start of the walk. Approximate time 2.5 to 3 hours.

The walk starts from the car park alongside the Coed Llandegla Forest Visitor Centre. The visitor centre is signed with a brown tourist sign from the A525 Ruthin to Wrexham road (called Ruthin Road) just west of the village of Bwlchgwyn (one of several villages which claim to be the highest in Wales!). There is a £4.50 per day parking fee (correct Feb 2013), the proceeds of which are used to maintain the walking and cycling routes and facilities. Approximate post code LL11 3AA.

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Walk Sections

Start to Crossroads
Start to Crossroads

Start point: 53.0628 lat, -3.1355 long
End point: 53.0536 lat, -3.1397 long

The walk starts from the Visitor Centre within Coed Llandegla Forest and follows the waymarked Moorland View/Long Trail, marked with a footprint symbol in a khaki brown colour.

Take the narrow stone footpath heading uphill, signed for ‘Forest Walks’ and alongside an ‘All walks start here’ board. Pass through the staggered barrier and take the kissing gate opposite. Continue winding uphill, pass through the next kissing gate and go up through the centre of the overflow car park. Half way up the car park fork right onto a stone path back into the forest edge and this path soon re-emerges back into the car park.

Head downhill through the car park and at the bottom pass alongside the metal vehicle gate. Keep ahead on the wide vehicle track climbing uphill and a few yards later fork right onto the stone path heading into the trees. Keep on the waymarked track and along this section you’ll pass by a number of wooden owl sculptures. Eventually you will come to a multi-way crossroads where the various coloured walking routes split.

Crossroads to Offa's Dyke Path
Crossroads to Offa's Dyke Path

Start point: 53.0536 lat, -3.1397 long
End point: 53.0445 lat, -3.1612 long

To continue on the Long Trail, keep left and then immediately right to follow the main stone vehicle track climbing steadily uphill. Keep straight ahead at the junction of tracks now following just the single khaki coloured waymark footprints.

Coed Llandegla Forest covers 650 hectares and was planted in the early 1970s. The cycle of planting and clear felling provides the perfect habitat for the rare summer migrant, the nightjar. The male courtship display involves spectacular aerobatics. Part of the forest boundary also includes sections of moorland that are managed for black grouse. Thin strips are cut into the vegetation to provide fresh shoots and buds for the grouse to feed on. There are fewer than 6,500 black grouse mating males in the UK and more than 50% of the population lives in north Wales.

Eventually you will come to a crossroads where Offa’s Dyke, the famous long distance path, crosses from left to right. (Note, if you wish to create a shortcut, you can turn right along Offa’s Dyke and then rejoin the route within Section 4). For the main route just keep straight ahead.

Offa's Dyke Path to T-junction
Offa's Dyke Path to T-junction

Start point: 53.0445 lat, -3.1612 long
End point: 53.0435 lat, -3.1819 long

Soon after passing Offa’s Dyke, look out for the point where the red and blue mountain bike trails cross the path. On the left you’ll see the raised sculptured banks which create a swirling obstacle for the cyclists. The path then begins its slow (and welcome!) descent and you’ll get your first glimpse of the mountain views ahead.

Follow the track as it steadily descends swinging to the right, taking time to enjoy the full panorama of the Snowdonia Mountains – the sort of view that brings Switzerland to mind! On clear days the summit of Snowdon is clearly visible. At the bottom of the slope you will reach a T-junction in the tracks.

T-junction to Vehicle Gate
T-junction to Vehicle Gate

Start point: 53.0435 lat, -3.1819 long
End point: 53.058 lat, -3.1467 long

Turn right at the T-junction following the stone track climbing gradually once again. Follow the main track winding and undulating through the dense forest. As a clearing opens to the left you’ll have chance to enjoy the views towards Shotton, the Flintshire town which lies on the River Dee.

Follow the stone track for some distance, on the way Offa’s Dyke will cross the route once again. (If you have taken the short cut this is where you rejoin the main route – simply merge right onto the main stone vehicle track). Eventually you will come to a T-junction. Turn left here following the stone track heading fairly steeply downhill.

The track crosses a small stream and then swings hard right. As the track swings hard left you will pass through a metal vehicle gate.

Vehicle Gate to End
Vehicle Gate to End

Start point: 53.058 lat, -3.1467 long
End point: 53.0621 lat, -3.138 long

Just a few paces later, turn left onto the narrow stone woodland footpath alongside a babbling brook (marked with waymarkers for the yellow, blue and khaki walks). Take your time down this steep stone winding path through a particularly beautiful section of larch plantation. You will notice the variety of mosses growing on the trees roots on the banks each side. Take care to avoid slipping on any loose stones.

At the bottom the path crosses another small stream. Alongside are the remnants of an old outdoor gym obstacle which now make a handy bench should you wish to pause here. You will also notice the chill in the air here deep in the larch plantation – it is usually several degrees cooler than the higher sections of forest.

Turn right at the T-junction and then swing sharp left onto the signed path climbing very steeply. Continue on this path and after some distance look out for a set of wooden steps on the right, which take the route into a section of unmade path. Take care here as it can be a little muddy and uneven with exposed tree roots.

You’ll emerge to a T-junction with a main track. Turn right then immediately left to continue on the stone trail. Follow the route over a few boardwalks and bridges and you will emerge alongside a red brick pumping station on the left. Turn right here to join the wider track heading fairly steeply uphill. Pass alongside the vehicle gate, and soon afterwards turn left through the staggered barrier to return down the short slope back to the visitor centre where the walk began.

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The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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