Situated at the heart of the Vale of Clwyd, Denbigh provides an excellent base from which to explore the region’s varied and dramatic landscapes and immerse yourself in the great outdoors.
We have it all here – whether you want to go walking, mountain biking, horse riding, fishing, golfing, windsurfing or sailing – you’ll be spoilt for choice in and around Denbigh.
Denbighshire has often been described as a ‘walker’s paradise’ and it’s true – we even have an annual walking festival to prove it - the Prestatyn and Clwydian Range Walking Festival! prestatynwalkingfestival.co.uk We’ve also established a guided walking programme which runs from early Spring right through to late Autumn, with walks to suit all abilities, graded to help you select the right walk for you. denbighshirecountryside.org.uk/lets_walk/
So, whether you fancy a gentle 1.5 mile evening stroll bat-spotting along the impressive Horseshoe Falls, or an invigorating Nordic walk (poles provided) to the summit of Castell Dinas Bran, you’re sure to find a walk to suit you. For more details and to book your walk, click here.
And of course, for those looking to set their own pace and seeking a bit more of a challenge, the landscape awaits you! You can explore the vast hill country, or follow one of the established trails, such as the way-marked Berywn Way, or the Offa’s Dyke National Trail.
Wandering out and about
Of course you don’t need to go on an organised walk to discover some of our hidden gems. Just follow your nose and see where your feet take you – you might come across the dove cots or the old castle lodge, look up and see the higgledy piggledy ‘landscape’ of rooftops and chimneys.
It’s a small town so you won’t get lost and you’ll feel safe, secure and welcome all over town.
Denbigh boasts more listed buildings than any other town in Wales so if you enjoy a stroll through history, just wander round town.
You’ll see town houses from the Elizabethan era, historic churches and grand Victorian schools and hospitals. Make sure your stroll takes in Mostyn House, Bryn y Parc, Dolbelydr and St Marcella’s church – and why not stop off for some well-earned refreshments on the way?
Goblin Farm & St Marcella’s Church Walk
If you’ve got an hour or so to spare, this walk gives you a real flavour of Denbigh though the ages.
From the Castle pass the small cottage at the edge of the green, to the stone stile. Descend the steep steps, cross the drive and continue down to the footpath by the Goblin Tower. Bear right 60 metres, past the kissing gate. Go along stony footpath through three fields to the road, by farm and cemetery turn left to the town for a short walk, or continue on to Brook House and St Marcella’s Church.
Dr Johnson’s Walk
From Lenten Pool follow the footpath by the allotments and cross the road through Llewelyn’s estate to footpath sign.
Continue through two fields to the road, then along road through bridle path with the River Ystrad on your left. You’ll see Dr Johnson’s Memorial across the field, ascend hilly field via Gwaenynog – visited by Beatrix Potter – to Galch Hill, a black & white Tudor farmhouse, once home to Hugh Myddelton. Bear left to bridle path and return to town.
St Dyfnog’s Church,
3 miles down the A525 from Denbigh to Ruthin at Llanrhaeadr stands the church (and adjacent Holy Well) of St Dyfnog.
Its chief glory is its big, glowing “Tree of Jesse” window, made in 1533, then buried in a massive dug-out chest during the Civil War. The tiny hamlet also boasts an inn, a smithy (turned pottery) and Georgian almshouses.