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The very best walks in Denbighshire

Digital Denbighshire Walks


We’ve selected the top walks for each of the four main towns in the county, meaning you can enjoy the Denbighshire’s Digital Adventures whilst experiencing some of the most beautiful sights in all of North Wales!

Walks in Ruthin

Around the Historic Town

Allow around an hour for this easy walk, as it stretches for just over a mile around Ruthin’s historic town and parkland area, offering up some splendid views. Start off at the car park at the end of Clwyd Street, then walk towards the fields with the river on your right. Follow along this path for some lovely sights, then head under the stone bridge and back into Ruthin town. Here you’ll get a fantastic view of Ruthin Castle and the Clwydian Range.

Make sure to take some time out to get a good look around the castle. It is now a lovely hotel, but you can stop in for some refreshments. The medieval ruins are tucked away, but you can see them well from the nearby Nant Clwyd y Dre, one of the oldest townhouses in Wales, now a museum featuring rooms from different periods of its history.

Walk back down Clwyd Street toward the car park, and at the bottom you’ll find Ruthin Gaol. Crime and punishment have played a major role in Ruthin’s history; if you’re looking for a fun activity that will teach you about the more important locations, we’d suggest spending some time photographing the town’s dramatic past.

Walks in Denbigh

The Vale of Clwyd

This lovely walk should take you around two hours, covering a circular 3-mile stretch of Denbigh’s surrounding Vale of Clwyd. Take some comfortable, heavy-duty footwear and some waterproofs just in case…

Along the walk, you’ll be able to take in sights such as Galch Hill, Mount Wood, and Dr Johnson’s Monument, all of which are well worth a break to stop and appreciate. However, you’ll want to spend a bit more time at the impressive ruins of Denbigh Castle, constructed under the rule of Edward I. For a true experience of Denbigh, take a walk around the historic town walls.

Towards the end of the walk you will find the Denbigh Community Orchard, a beautiful little area with its very own picnic area. While you’re down by the river, why not try sketching nature like Beatrix Potter?

Walks in Corwen

Dee Valley Way

This lovely walk is a little longer, coming in at a total of 15 miles, but it’s split into 5 section of roughly three miles apiece, which makes it a lot more conquerable. We’ll just look at the first section, stretching from Corwen to Carrog.

The ancient market town of Corwen was once a bustling hub on the market trail, but nowadays it is a much quieter place. It sits at the heart of Owain Glyndŵr country, so make sure you take the time to sketch the statue of the great man himself.

The walk is of medium difficulty, so allow two or three hours to complete it. If you start your day a little earlier, you should explore Corwen before setting off. This way, you’ll be able to check out both Rug Chapel and the lovely St Tysilio Church, two sites which are well worth a visit.

On your way to Carrog, a small village on the River Dee, you will be able to stop off at Caer Drewyn, a stone wall hillfort dating back to the Iron Age.

Walks in Llangollen

Llangollen History Trail

This walk is roughly 6 miles long, so allow around 3 hours for the whole thing. The History Trail allows you to explore the rich and varied history of Llangollen by foot, taking in a wide range of incredible sights.

The difficulty varies somewhat throughout, but things never get too difficult. Things that you will be able to see along the way include Llangollen Canal, the Horseshoe Falls, Valle Crucis Abbey and Castell Dinas Bran, among others.

Start off in the centre of Llangollen and walk towards the Canal. The walk is well-signposted, so don’t worry about getting lost! While you’re here, we’d recommend stopping to make and race some leaf boats down the canal! The Horseshoe Falls are about two miles from here – maybe take some time out for a horse-drawn boat trip – after which, you’ll come upon Llantysilio Church. Then turn around and head back, turning up to the Abbey. Follow the path around and you’ll see the castle on the return leg!

*The Denbighshire Digital Adventures project has received funding through the Rural Development Plan for Wales 2007-2013 which is funded by the Welsh Government and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.