The Clwydian Hills from the Clocaenog road from Bontuchel.
At Pincyn Llys in the Clocaenog Forest.
The Clwydian Hills from Pincyn Llys.
The road from Clocaenog village to the forest.
Walk stats: Distance: 8.9 miles. Climb: 2187'.
Time: 4 hours 29 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.3 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 2.0 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Roger and Phil.
We set off from the Coed y Fron-wyllt car park near Bontuchel, not knowing how long the pleasant sunny conditions would last, all weather forecasts we would get rain sometime an lots of it!
Thankfully the weather was good up to lunch time, and we had good views towards the Clwydian Hills, especially from Pincyn Llys.
The descent South from Pincyn Llys was a little on the steep side, so in future walks in this area, that particular descent will be avoided.
The route to Clocaenog village was delightful, similarly the road out of Clocaenog was good too. It was along the latter that we saw a few Primroses in flower.
After lunch we all decided that waterproofs would be the wise choice, as it looked like it was about to start to rain. Twenty minutes after lunch it started to rain gently, only made worse by the strong Southerly wind.
As we re-entered the forest we decided that we would change the walk slightly and head through the forest along forest tracks across Cefn Du and back to the Bontuchel Road. We encountered several fallen trees across the tracks that had to be negotiated, and one track was particularly boggy, so we headed for the tarmaced road as soon as we could.
The there and back link road to the car park didn't add much to the walk, particularly on descent in the now very gentle rain.
Birds seen or heard today were very few, but included: Carrion crow, Blue tit, Great tit, Wood nuthatch, Common blackbird, House sparrow, Winter wren and Chaffinch.
After walk drinks were enjoyed at the We Three Loggerheads, where Hafod Classic Bitter went down well.