Created to celebrate the Millennium, the Clwydian Way filled a gap in Britain's network of long distance footpaths. There was no other route in North Wales lying to the east of Snowdonia, yet this area is universally acknowledged as some of the finest rambling country anywhere in Wales.
This 122 mile circular route mainly circles around Denbighshire but also passes through parts of Flint and Conwy. The main route runs from Prestatyn along the Clwydian Range, then on to Llangollen in the south. It then runs west along the Llantysilio range to Corwen, north to Brenig, east through the Clocaenog Forest, and north again, back to Prestatyn. Above all else this walk is outstanding because, after leaving Prestatyn, it runs down the Clwydian Range, high above the celebrated Vale of Clwyd, and finally returns through this great valley to its starting point on the coast.
Enclosed by mountains and moorland these impressive, sometimes brown and barren uplands form a marked contrast to the vivid green meadowland far below in the Vale. Towns and villages, great halls, churches, Celtic crosses cottages and mansions also lie in this valley, adding variety to the glorious scene.
By the use of an alternative moorland route through Llansannan and a link path near Denbigh, the route can be broken down into three shorter circular walks. These are the 88 mile South Clwydian Circular, the 54 mile long West Clwydian Circular, and the 42 mile long North Clwydian Circular. Full details of all route options are given in the guidebook.
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