Foel (or Moel) Fenlli is the second highest peak of the Clwydian Range in Denbighshire, North Wales.
It’s peak is at 511 metres/1,677 ft, slightly lower than it’s neighbour Moel Famau but attracts far fewer walkers making it far more pleasant.
The best place to start the walk is the Bwlch Pen Barras car park. This pay and display car park currently costs £1.50 for the day.
The path up Fenlli is to the south of this car park.
There are a number of routes up, I headed to the back of the car park, following the narrower path to the left hand side of the hill.
Take the steps up the final stretch to the cairn at the top where, on a clear day view stretch across to Snowdonia one way and Wirral and Merseyside the other.
The remains of a hill fort are found at the peak, it is believed that the site dates back to the Iron Age.
Take the first path down, signposted with the Offa’s Dyke route acorn symbol and continue to follow these signs taking the path which the right of two small woods and across a couple of fields.
At a ‘crossroads’ take a right, still following the Offa’s Dyke route.
The path comes out on to the A494. Take a right here and again, follow the Offa’s Dyke signs.
After a short distance, take a left off the road, taking a track. Where this forks, take the right hand track, passing some houses before continuing through woodland (it can get very muddy here!)
After passing Bathafarn farm, turn right on the road until the first footpath to the right, crossing a field.
I found this to be over grown and not well signed so stayed to the edge of the field following it round to the far end which had been fenced off (easily climbed!). Continue in a north easterly direction, you’ll see some caravans and, eventually a stream, keep this to your left hand side.
At the right time of the year, the woods at Coed Rhiwsig are great for wild garlic picking. *
Leave the woods, cross over the A494 again, then take a left to for the continuation of the path, a horseshoe route which, when I went in summer, was very over grown.
Unfortunately the last part of this walk follows a road, take a right, uphill, passing the Halfway House before eventually reaching the car park.
Look out for the local residents!
This walk is around 8.5 miles in total (13.7km)
And the GPX file is available to download from my ViewRanger page.
* wild garlic is easy to spot, it is rather pungent! It is usually ready for picking in Spring and, unlike ‘conventional garlic’ it is the broad green leaves you want rather than the bulb. The white flowers can also be eaten but are rather mild.
I like the leaves whizzed up with some Parmesan cheese and olive oil to make a pesto, goes great with steak!