- Nearest national cycle network
- The Clwydian Range and Dee Valley is the largest AONB in Wales
- The Pontcysyllte Aqueduct & Canal World Heritage Site is 11 miles long and is the largest aqueduct in Britain
- More than a quarter of the AONB is open access
- The AONB is home to 645 listed buildings and 95 scheduled ancient monuments
- The Offa’s Dyke Path National Trail runs the entire length of the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley AONB from Prestatyn in the north to Chirk in the south
- More than a quarter of the AONB is internationally important for its habitat and is designated Special Area of Conservation
- The AONB is home to 10 Iron Age Hillforts
- 324km of Rights of Way are promoted routes
Clwydian Range and Dee Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty forms the dramatic upland frontier of north Wales, one of Britain’s unmissable scenic highlights.
This specially protected landscape covers 390 square kilometres of windswept hilltops, heather moorland, limestone crags and wooded valleys, almost touching the coast at Prestatyn Hillside in the north and stretching south to brooding Moel Fferna, its highest point at 630 metres. The area embraces some of Britain’s most glorious countryside, also the World Heritage Site of Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Llangollen Canal.
Undiscovered by many yet easy to explore, the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley AONB offers fascinating heritage, colourful culture, delicious fare and the warmest welcome. Clwydian Range is a remarkable chain of purple heather-clad summits topped by Britain’s most strikingly situated hillforts.
Beneath imposing mountains crossed by the Horseshoe Pass, Dee Valley winds its way through historic Llangollen, where Wales welcomes the world at the International Eisteddfod. Offa’s Dyke National Trail is an ever-present pathway along this land’s spine, recalling the ancient margins of Wales. It links up the area’s special places, as well as connecting with the southern marches and Wales Coast Path beyond.
Adventures in Clwydian Range and Dee Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
Antur yn Ardal o Harddwch Naturiol Eithriadol Bryniau Clwyd a Dyffryn Dyfrdwy
Travelling to and around Clwydian Range and Dee Valley
The stations are Prestatyn in the North and Chirk in the South. Through Prestatyn run the North Wales South West Service, the Llandudno to Manchester line and the North Wales Coast line.
In North Wales the main line runs along the north coast through Prestatyn before taking off for Rhyl, Colwyn Bay, Llandudno, Conway and Bangor to Holyhead. There is a branch line between Wrexham and Shotton.
The Borderlines Line runs from Wrexham Central station to Shotton and then past Hawarden Bridge before heading north towards Bidston south of Liverpool.
Arriva Trains Wales have a detailed route map.
Explorer tickets in North Wales are available with Arriva, Great Western Railway, Northern Rail and Virgin.
National Express services link the south west and Birmingham with Wrexham and also Manchester to Flint.
The Dee Valley and Clwydian Ranger Bus Service has created links to outstanding walking in the area with a timetable for the Llangollen Lift, Loggerheads or Offa’s Dyke options.
Useful services endorsed by the the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley AONB are the bus tours on routes 14 (Mold – Denbigh) and 76 in the Vale of Clwyd. If you have Bluetooth on your smartphone you can even receive an audio tour.
Get around by bike: find challenging routes galore with punishing climbs and dramatic descents. There are also trails for the less fit or brave.
Clwydian Range & Dee Valley AONB, Wales
Map supplied by Clwydian Range & Dee Valley AONB.
Carousel images: Castell Dinas Bran, Vale of Llangollen: Malcolm Davies; Boating along Pontcysyllte Aqueduct: Paul Miles; Vivod Mountains: Chris Taylor; Cascade Woods river, Llanferres: Alun Disley; River Dee canoeing: Karl Midlane; Cyclist in Llangynhafal: Ray Wood.
This online guide to the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty was funded by Welsh Government.