Local Area

Local Area
The Clwydian Range

This is one of Britain’s finest protected landscapes, renowned for its purple, heather-clad summit chain, dramatically situated hillforts and wonderful views. The Range is a very special area to live in, to work in and to visit. This is reflected in its status as one of just five designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Wales, which alongside the three National Parks are the country’s most treasured landscapes.

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The Clwydian Range embraces a delightfully varied range of scenery in a compact area of land, from wild moorland summits to gentle pastoral farmland. The look of the land today is the result of generations of endeavour by those who farm here.

Views of the Range, especially from east and west, are truly panoramic – an unmistakable outline of the imposing summit chain. The ridge itself towers above the surrounding land and sea, giving a lofty viewpoint on everything around and about.

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After sunset the outlook is no less exceptional. A lack of light pollution means that on a clear night you can see countless stars in the dark skies.

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Nature

The opportunity to get up close with nature is the top attraction for many who visit the Range. The area’s diverse scenery provides for a spectacular variety of habitats that support a wealth of flora and fauna.

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The rolling grassland hills and pastoral fringes, grazed by sheep, cattle and horses, are also frequented by hares.

The moorland mix of heather, gorse and bilberry, supports grouse, stonechat and whinchat, and is visited by buzzards sweeping over the high ground.

The rivers and lakes are inhabited by carp, trout and salmon, and attract much birdlife including the kingfisher.

The limestone grasslands are rich in wild flowers such as cowslip, rockrose and autumn gentian, providing an ideal habitat for butterflies and moths.

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History

Clwydian Range resounds with echoes of the past. The immense impact of human endeavour on this landscape over thousands of years is clear to see in living evidence from prehistoric, medieval and modern times

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The six hillforts astride the Clwydian Range summit chain are the most dramatic in Britain, representing one of the highest concentrations of Iron Age settlement in western Europe and providing an insight into the lifestyle of the early Celts.

The Range also includes Stone Age caves and Bronze Age burial monuments and axe factories, such as at Moel Arthur.

Offa’s Dyke Path National Trail, linking many of the Range’s summits and hillforts, calls to mind the former Mercian lands of King Offa nearby.

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Walking

The Range is a great place to be active in the fresh air amidst beautiful scenery – the emphasis is on tranquil enjoyment but there are also some specialist opportunities for thrill seekers. Whatever you choose you’ll experience the special qualities of this area in magnificent, safe, accessible surroundings.

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This is wonderfully varied country with something for everyone, including a sense of wildness, but without the demands of more mountainous landscapes – follow Offa’s Dyke Path, one of Britain’s greatest long distance trails, the length of the Range – or just enjoy short strolls to viewpoints, day hikes through varied scenery or gentle walks in the valleys, perhaps taking in a pub lunch – there are also many opportunities for guided walks, especially in Loggerheads, Moel Famau Country Parks, also on Prestatyn Hillside.

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Attractions

Llangollen and the Dee valley – spectacular landscapes, including the Medieval abbey of Valle Crucis and castle of Dinas Bran, steam trains, horse drawn barges, international eisteddfod and Pontcysyllte aqueduct world heritage site

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Ruthin – a traditional market town that has retained its character – visit the Craft Centre and the Gaol – browse distinctive shops with all the usual services

Mold – famed for its Gold Cape (there’s a replica in the Museum) and Theatr Clwyd – visit the imposing town square for a good selection of shops and facilities

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Community

Vibrant local communities are the heartbeat of the Clwydian Range – their traditions and close ties to the land are very much alive in this distinctively Welsh area, revealed both in the many events that take place within the Range and the excellent local services available to visitors.

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The people of the Clwydian Range have a unique north east Walean perspective, very much a part of rural Wales but with strong links across the nearby border with England. The Welsh language and culture thrive here in a way that is open and welcoming to all

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