Moel Famau: more than just a hill, but not quite a mountain

Moel Famau: more than just a hill, but not quite a mountain
North Wales is famous across the world for its mountainous landscapes that offer a tremendous opportunity to climbers of all abilities to scale the peaks for some breath-taking views. However, if the thought of ascending a mountain simply doesn’t appeal, or you’re visiting North Wales with children, but you don’t want to miss the chance to enjoy the region’s scenery, a gentler stroll up Moel Famau could be the solution.

‘The Bare Hill of the Mothers’

Located in an area of outstanding beauty close to the delightful market town of Mold, Moel Famau is one of those curiosities of the natural world: too high to be a hill but not quite high enough to be a mountain! At 1818 feet (554 metres) above sea level, the view from the top is simply incredible: on a clear day you can enjoy spotting some famous north-west landmarks, including Blackpool Tower, the Isle of Man, the Burbo offshore windfarm and Hilbre Island.

The Jubilee Tower

Driving past Moel Famau on your way to your North Wales holiday home, you’ll be able to spot a tiny node on the summit of the hill without really discerning what it is. A walk to the top of Moel Famau reveals it to the impressive remains of the Jubilee Tower which is open to visitors for no charge and is the highest point in the Loggerheads Country Park in which the hill is located.

Built in 1810, the Jubilee Tower is a commemoration to George III on his golden jubilee. Originally intended to reflect the architectural style of the Ancient Egyptian obelisks, the tower was never completed and a storm 50 years later put paid to any idea it ever being finished.

What remains today is an unusual building that offers fantastic views from the summit of Moel Famau and gives real impetus to walkers as they close in on their goal. The Jubilee Tower is a great place to enjoy a family picnic when you do reach the top and also offers some wonderful photo opportunities.

Planning your visit

A picnic site and toilets are located next to the car park at the base of Moel Famau in Loggerheads Country Park, which also offers some lovely walks at all times of year. There are no toilets at the summit, so be warned!

There are a number of different waymarked routes to the top of the hill and beyond; walking will take approximately 30-40 minutes and is equally suited to adults and children (strong walking boots are recommended), while cyclists may prefer a more challenging path that includes some steep climbs and fast descents.

Moel Famau is extremely popular on fine days, and also on Boxing Day and New Years’ Day when the locals enjoy a seasonal walk. Dogs are welcome but should be kept on leads as a variety of wildlife live in the country park, including grouse, stonechat, curlew and, of course, sheep.

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