|Trail:||Alwen Trail Hiraethog Forest|
|Contributor:||NatResWales||Activity Type:||Walking||Difficulty:||Average||Distance:||6.63 mi (10.67 km)|
|Description:||The setting for the Alwen Trail is the Hiraethog Forest, part of Mynydd Hiraethog, which translated into English means 'the hills of great longing' and is the setting for the Alwen and Brenig Reservoirs.
Built between 1909 and 1921 the water from these two reservoirs now supplies the North East Wales area with 5 million gallons of water a day.
They are surrounded by the forests and moors of Hiraethog's beautiful and remote upland. Watch out for hen harriers, black grouse and crossbills whilst out on your walk.
You may even be lucky enough to see a red squirrel or an osprey or hear the sound of the elusive cuckoo.
You will find six information panels along the way where you can learn more about local folktales such as the story of the 'Freckled Fairy Cow' and the wildlife that has its home here. Look out for the remains of the house once live in by the local poet Taliesin Hiraethog which can be found on the banks of the reservoir.
Walk distance: 7 miles / 11.5 kilometres
Start and finish: The Alwen Reservoir car park.
Terrain: For those with mobility problems note that the walks have uneven surfaces and some uphill climbs. There are resting points along the trail that are ideal for picnics.
The weather can change suddenly and mobile phones are unlikely to work - so be sure to carry warm clothing, waterproofs, food and drink.
Facilities: At the end of your walk the Llyn Brenig Visitor Centre is a short distance away, here you can get a well-deserved bite to eat and a cuppa, whilst admiring the views over Llyn Brenig.
Dogs: We welcome well behaved dogs in our woods.
Getting there: Alwen Reservoir is 10 miles south west of Denbigh on the B4501.
Safety: Please ensure you are prepared for all weather conditions and wear suitable clothing and stout footwear for your walk.
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 on site and make sure you follow any temporary diversion signs in place.
This walk is supplied by Natural Resources Wales. It is subject to TrailZilla copyright terms and conditions.
It can be found on the Natural Resources Wales website along with other walks in their woods and national nature reserves.
Use the family of Countryside Codes to help you prepare and enjoy safe visits to the countryside. Information on these can be found on the Natural Resources Wales website.
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