We started our walk from the beautiful village of Cilcain in Flintshire, a pub, church, village hall and a shop. What more could you want? We headed south to skirt round the eastern slopes of Ffrith Mountain. The path was well signed as it crossed fields and climbed up through woodland.
We headed west and climbed over a stile to begin the ascent of Moel Famau. The track led through woods and then over open moorland directly to the summit of Moel Famau at 1822 ft. I have been up Moel Famau several times but never before by this route. It is definitely the hardest way. We crossed several forest tracks where we could have a well deserved rest.
Moel Famau (moil va-my) means “Mother Hill” and at the summit there is Jubilee tower, built to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of George III in 1810.The tower now looks rather squat but it used to be higher but it was partially destroyed by a storm in 1862.
From the summit there are extensive views over the Vale of Clwyd. Visibility was excellent and we could see over the Dee Estuary and the Mersey as far as the sand dunes at Formby.
The next section of our walk followed the Offa’s Dyke Path.
This long distance footpath 178 miles,287 km. runs from Prestatyn on the North Wales coast to Sebury cliffs in Gloucestershire. We headed WNW to descend across a bwlch and then climb up to the summit of Moel Dywyll ( moil dee-will ) which means Dark Hill.
We continued along the Offa’s Dyke path heading for Moel Llys-y-coed.
We did not reach the true summit as it it on private land but from our high spot we could look back at Moel Famau, it seemed a long way off.
We now had a steep and rough descent down to a minor road. Directly ahead of us was Moel Arthur. Perhaps-s we will leave that for another day.
The final leg of our walk was along tracks and a minor road back into Cilcain. We then had time to visit ‘The Shop’ The village shop also houses the ‘Post Office’ and the cafe. Time for a mug of tea before our journey home.