Clocaenog Forest - Bod Petryal, near Ruthin

What's here


Bod Petryal is one of several car parks in Clocaenog Forest, a huge area of woodland, open moorland and rivers.

This peaceful lakeside picnic site has a short walk and a cycle trail and makes an ideal starting point to get a taste of the forest.

Bod Petryal means "rectangular dwelling" in Welsh and it is named after the old gamekeeper’s cottage, which was part of the Pool Park Estate.

Clocaenog Forest is home to red squirrels but these secretive animals range over large areas so you will need to keep your eyes peeled and your fingers crossed to spot one!

Walking trails

The walking trails are waymarked from start to finish.

Look out for the information panel at the start of the trail.

Find out about walking trail grades.

Keeper’s Stroll

  • Grade: Easy
  • Distance: ½ mile/1 kilometre 
  • Time: 30 minutes

This short walk goes past huge trees, the old gamekeeper’s cottage and the beautiful lake.

Animal Discovery Trail

  • Grade: Easy
  • Distance: ½ mile/1 kilometre 
  • Time: 20 minutes

The Animal Discovery Trail sets off on the same route as the Keeper’s Stroll.

Gamekeeper's Cottage

Multi-user trail

All our mountain bike trails are waymarked from start to finish and have been graded for difficulty.

At the start of the trail there is an information panel – please read this before setting off.

Bod Petryal Trot

  • Grade: Easy
  • Distance: 2 miles/3.3 kilometres 
  • Time: 1 hour on horse, 1¼ hours walking, 20 minute cycle
  • Trail information: This trail may be used by cyclists and horseriders as well as walkers.

This route meanders through the forest on forest roads and is suitable for the whole family.

Keep an eye out for woodpeckers whilst you’re having your picnic by the lake.

National Forest for Wales

Clocaenog Forest forms part of the National Forest for Wales.

The National Forest will:

  • create areas of new woodland
  • enhance existing woodlands
  • restore Wales’ irreplaceable ancient woodlands.

In time it will form a connected ecological network running throughout Wales, bringing social, economic and environmental benefits.

For more information about the National Forest for Wales go to the Welsh Government website.

Closures and diversions

  • Sometimes we need to close or divert trails for your safety whilst we undertake maintenance work or forest operations

  • Occasionally we may have to close a site in extreme weather, such as high winds or snow and ice due to the risk of injury to visitors or staff

  • Please always follow any instructions onsite and make sure you follow any temporary diversion signs in place

How to get here


Bod Petryal is 8 miles south west of Ruthin.

It is in the county of Denbighshire.

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Ordnance Survey (OS) map

Bod Petryal is on OS Explorer 264.

The OS grid reference is SJ 036 512.


Take the B5105 from Ruthin to Cerrigydrudion.

Go through the village of Clawddnewydd and, shortly after passing the Boncyn Foel Bach car park, the Bod Petryal car park is on the left.

Public transport

The nearest mainline railway station is in Buckley.

There is a bus stop at the car park entrance.

For details of public transport visit the Traveline Cymru website.


Parking is free of charge.

Overnight parking is not permitted.

Contact details

0300 065 3000

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