This much-cherished peak is the most outstanding feature on the Clwydian Range, a superb line of hills running for nearly 20kms all the way from Moel y Waun in the south right up to Moel Maenefa in the north. The range is traced, almost in its entirety by both the Clwydian Way and the Offa’s Dyke Path. Obviously a full traverse would be quite an epic outing; consequently many folk opt for a shorter circular route around the Moel Famau Country Park taking in Moel Famau and Moel Dywyll on the way. Another popular, and shorter, approach comes in from Bwlch Penbarra to the south. Walkers taking this route often loop round to the summit of Moel-y-Gaer which has the remains of a large hill fort.
On the summit of Famau you will find the base of the Jubilee Tower – work on this iconic landmark, which was built to commemorate George III’s golden jubilee, began in 1810. Unfortunately the tower was never completed and the upper section subsequently blew down in a storm – what remains is still quite impressive though, particularly following some recent renovation work carried out by Flintshire and Denbighshire councils in 2013.
A common starting point for walks in this area is the car park below Moel Arthur, situated a few kilometres north of Moel Famau. There is also a car park at Bwlch Penbarra.
Mostly good tracks and footpaths, although variable in places.
Safety & Access
Enjoy the Mountains Safely. Here are a few words of advice from Snowdonia’s Mountain Safe Partnership.
1. Prepare Well
have the right equipment with you for the best and worst-case scenario! You’ll need a map and compass, torch, food and drink, whistle, first aid kit and a fully charged mobile phone.
2. Have the latest weather and ground information.
Check the Met Office Mountain Weather forecast for Snowdonia before you set out and be prepared to turn back if the weather worsens – the mountains will still be here for you to enjoy the next time you visit.
3. Dress appropriately
the weather and temperature can change dramatically between the foot of the mountain and the summit. You’ll need strong walking boots, several layers of clothing including warm ones, gloves, a hat and waterproof jacket and trousers.
4. Know where you're going
Plan your route before setting off and ask for local advice. Have a map and compass and know how to use them and choose a route which is suitable for you and your group’s experience and fitness level. Find out how long it should take and when it gets dark.
5. Know your limits
whilst being very enjoyable, getting out into the mountains can be hard work – challenge yourself but be aware of the fitness levels, and experience of the group as a whole – not just your own.
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Hill walking and mountaineering are activities with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement.