AHNE Bryniau Clwyd / Clwydian Range AONB

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Villages

The scattered villages of the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley are one of its greatest glories. Crouched in the foothills of our mountains or perched beside fast-flowing rivers, they don’t simply offer visitors a welcome place to unwind and refuel.

They’re part of the fabric of the landscape, part of a heritage that stretches back to the Iron Age and beyond. They all have a story to tell – and some of them have brochures to prove it.

The village of CwmWe’ve worked with a number of villages to gather memories and collect old photographs and other materials. The result is a series of community booklets that’s proving highly popular with both residents and visitors.

You can download them at the bottom of this page. As for the villages that aren’t yet in print, they’re still a well-kept secret. Which will make them all the more rewarding to discover for yourself.

They include:

Bodfari 

Once renowned for its holy well, Bodfari winds up the hill from the valley of the River Chwiler. It’s in the heart of the AONB, with access nearby to Offa's Dyke National Trail and the Clwydian Range.

Carrog

This attractive village is clustered around a 17th century stone bridge whose arches span the river Dee. The name Carrog means “fast flowing stream” and an early church here was swept away by floods in the 1600s, though later rebuilt on higher ground. Just across the river is Carrog station on the restored Llangollen Steam Railway. Carrog has close links with the Welsh hero Owain Glyndwr. The site of his fortified manor house sits across the river at Llidiart-y-Parc. Here, too, beside the busy A5, stand the remains of an earthen castle mound traditionally known as Owain Glyndwr’s Mount.

Llandyrnog

Sited near the hillforts of Moel Arthur and Penycloddiau, with plenty of walks in nearby Llangwyfan forest. In the village the double-naved church displays the only surviving medieval “Seven Sacraments” window in Wales, also thronged with figures of local Welsh saints.

Llantysilio

Here a little church dedicated to Saint Tysilio is set above the Horseshoe Falls amid the wooded hills near Llangollen: picnic and parking spaces are provided. Delightful walks lead up Velvet Hill or along the canal from the car park. The hard underlying rock of the Llantysilio Mountains was created during the Silurian period some 45 million years ago. Today the mosaic of purple heather, emerald green bilberries and gorse of the upper moorland slopes are managed for wildlife. Rare moorland birds found on the mountain include curlew, golden plover, ring ouzel, merlin and black grouse.

Minera

The history of Minera, at the head of the Clywedog Valley, is closely related to that of its lead mines. This may date back as far as the Romans but the first clear documentary evidence appears during the reign of Edward I, when miners from Minera were sent to Cornwall to help develop the tin mining industry. Today Minera Lead Mines and Country Park offers a fascinating glimpse into this industrial past. You can still see the remains of the lead mines – the restored beam engine house, winding engine and boiler houses. It’s also a great starting point for the Clywedog Trail or for exploring the beautiful countryside of Minera Mountain.

Email countryside@wrexham.gov.uk for more details.

Explore Cwm, Waen and Tremeirchion

Explore Cwm, Waen and Tremeirchion

Tremeirchion and Cwm, in the heart of the Clwydian Range, have wide views across the Vale of Clwyd. In contrast Waen lies on the wide valley floor, with lush green fields and thick hedgerows.   

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Explore Gwaensygor

Explore Gwaensygor

Gwaenysgor is on an elevated limestone plateau. The gently rolling farmland is interrupted by small conifer plantations and edged by steep slopes to the north which form the coastal hills.

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