Our walk this week was in Denbighshire, North Wales. We were walking up to the summit of Moel Fammau part of the Clwydian Range. Although only just over 1800 ft in height the view from the summit is fantastic. On a clear day you can see the Snowdonia Mountains, the Isle of man, and much of the North West coast including Blackpool Tower if you are lucky.
We parked at the Forestry Commission car park at Coed Clwyd picnic site and followed the purple markers to complete the Jubilee Tower Circular Trail.
The first section was through the Clwyd Forest heading northwest. Every step was uphill and it was my first climb for two years. I needed to take frequent stops to catch my breath.
Soon we left the forest, ahead was open moorland but it was still uphill.
After a couple of miles we approached the summit of Moel Fammau and the remains of the Jubilee Tower.
Looking back we could see our clear route. No wonder my legs ached.
The area around the tower was very busy with lots of children but it is good to see that they have made the effort to climb up there.
Jubilee Tower was built to commemorate the 50th year of the reign of George 111 but only the platform remains. The foundation stone was laid on October 25th 1810. The tower was designed in the Egyptian Style and was intended to reach a height of 150 feet. However it was never completed and in 1860 the structure collapsed following heavy storms. An unsuccessful attempt to restore the tower was made in 1887 to mark Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee.
We ate our lunch up at the tower taking in the wide ranging views. The weather was perfect for walking but a bit of heat haze restricted visibility.
For our return we followed the Offa’s Dyke path. A more gentle incline where we could relax and take in the views towards Snowdonia.
The path led us down to the car park at Bwlch Penbarra from where a path led parallel to the road back to our starting point.
Our total walking distance was 4.3 miles with 1320 feet of ascent. A relatively easy day but it was so nice to be out walking again.
Back at the car there was time for refreshments before the journey home. I could relax as I was not driving.