Coed Nercwys, near Mold

Woodland full of history with a trail for walkers and cyclists

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Coronavirus update


Our sites and most visitor facilities are open.


We have changed the normal route for some of our trails to help you maintain social distancing – please follow signs on site.



Coed Nercwys may look like an ordinary woodland but if you follow the waymarked trail you will discover some heritage features tucked away amongst the trees.

The panels along the trail tell the stories of the woodland’s rich history and the people who once lived and worked here.

The woodland also provides an excellent habitat for wildlife – look out for birds such as buzzards, goldcrests and coal tits.

The small lake known as Llyn Ochin has dried up but this marshy area now attracts dragonflies and newts, and plants like cotton grass thrive here.

A slate plaque near the car park entrance commemorates the Millennium Oak Trees that were planted here by the local community.

The walking trail and the mountain bike trail follow a similar route but they are waymarked so that walkers and cyclists follow the route in different directions.

Walking trail

The walking trail is waymarked and starts from the Coed Nercwys car park.

Coed Nercwys Walk

  • Grade: Easy
  • Distance: 2¾ miles/4.4 kilometres
  • Time: 2 hours
  • Trail information: Follow this circular trail in a clockwise direction. Take care as cyclists and horse riders follow parts of this trail the opposite way around

The walking trail sets off on a wide track through the iron gates at the woodland entrance and then turns left onto a path through the woodland.

Look out for ruined buildings from a 19th century lead mine, the remains of a shepherd’s cottage with a walled meadow full of wildflowers in summer and a newly replanted orchard.

At the end of the trail there is an optional climb to a trig point from where you can enjoy views of the Jubilee Tower at the top of Moel Famau and the Dee Estuary.

Walkers at viewpoint

Mountain bike trail

All our mountain bike trails are waymarked and have been graded for difficulty.  

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

Nercwys Cycle Trail

  • Grade: Green/Easy
  • Distance: 3.8 kilometres
  • Climb: 50 metres
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Trail information: Follow this circular trail in an anti-clockwise direction. It is a shared route for cyclists and horse riders. Please watch out for walkers who may follow parts of this trail the opposite way around.

This cycle trail is a great place for families to safely enjoy cycling away from busy roads, and at the same time learn about the woodland’s varied history.

The wide track from the iron gates at the woodland entrance meanders through the forest, avoiding major climbs and offering spectacular views over the Cheshire Plain and beyond.

Suggested routes

There are several public footpaths from the Coed Nercwys car park.

See the information panel in the car park for a suggested route to Bryn Alyn, the second largest limestone pavement in Wales (moderate, 4 miles/6.3 kilometres).

This route may not be waymarked and we recommend that you take a map with you.

Clwydian Range and Dee Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Coed Nercwys is situated in the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

The Clywdian Range is a chain of purple heather-clad summits topped by hillforts. The Dee Valley lies beyond these windswept hills and is home to the historic towns of Llangollen and Corwen.

For more information about visiting the AONB go to the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley website.

How to get here


Coed Nercwys is 4 miles south west of Mold.

It is in the county of Flintshire.

© Crown copyright and database rights 2020 Ordnance Survey 100019741

Ordnance Survey (OS) map

Coed Nercwys is on OS Explorer 265.

The OS grid reference is SJ 218 592.


Head south from Mold, following signs for Nercwys.

Continue through Nercwys and at the second set of crossroads, turn left onto Ffordd Cae Newydd.

After around ¾ mile take the first right and continue for 250 metres and the car park is on the left.

Public transport

The nearest train station is in Buckley.

For details of public transport visit the Traveline Cymru website.


Parking is free of charge.

Closures and diversions

  • Sometimes we need to close or divert trails for your safety whilst we undertake maintenance work or other operations.
  • 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 on site and any temporary diversion signs.

Contact details

0300 065 3000

Related document downloads

Clwydian Range and Dee Valley Forest Trails leaflet (print only) PDF [7.3 MB]