Denbigh Moors

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Moorland in the Cloncaenog Forest

The Denbigh Moors, also known by the Welsh name Mynydd Hiraethog, are an upland area of moorland in Denbighshire, between Snowdonia and the Clwydian Range. The moors include the Clocaenog Forest, which has one of Wales's last populations of red squirrels.

The highest point of the moorland is Mwdwl-eithin, at 1,745 feet above sea level, making it higher than Exmoor. Moel Seisiog is another 1,535-foot summit, and this is the source of the River Elwy.

On the western edge of the moorland, overlooking the Conwy Valley, stands the Moel Maelogan wind farm.

Three other significant summits are:

  • Craig Bron-banog (1,647 feet);
  • Gorsedd Bran (1,699 feet), and
  • Foel Goch (Marial Gwyn) (1,703 feet).
Gwylfa Hiraethog

The ruined hunting lodge of Gwylfa Hiraethog lies on the moors and nearby is one of the highest inns in Britain, the Sportsmans Arms. As well as the large reservoirs of Llyn Brenig and Alwen Reservoir there are four sizeable natural lakes: Llyn Alwen, Llyn Aled, Llyn Bran and Llyn y Foel-frech, as well as another reservoir, Aled Isaf Reservoir (lower Aled Reservoir).

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