Moel Arthur and Penycloddiau Walk on Offa’s Dyke

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Lowland and Hill Walks
Jan 26

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Could be muddy in places. About 7 miles in total.

This is a walk to the summit of Moel Arthur hillfort in the heart of the Clwydian Hills and following the Offa’s Dyke path for a significant part of the route. The route takes a circuitous approach to the east in order to pick up the Offa’s Dyke National Trail that the walk follows to the start. The return route takes in the hill fort at Penycloddiau for good measure. 

Moel Arthur is steeped in legend, and as the name pre-dates the Victorian period, is at least a genuine name and not an attempt to link to Arthurian Legend. There are surprisingly, no legends to link it to King Arthur. It was reputed to be Boudica’s burial spot and as it’s not in a strategic position, may well have had a ceremonial rather than defensive purpose despite demonstrating all the defensive trappings of an iron age hill fort. Penycloddiau is the northernmost of the Clwydian Range hillforts, and at 21 hectares is one of the largest in Wales. In 2009 a bronze age burial chamber was discovered on the hill’s summit, which predates the iron age hillfort.


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