AHNE Bryniau Clwyd / Clwydian Range AONB



News and events

  • Strange sightings at Pen y Pigyn!


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    Strange creatures were spotted on Monday evening in Corwen, and were fortunately recorded by local artists Ben Davis and Jude Wood.  Ghosts, monsters bats and witches were amongst the spooky sightings. 

     As it happens, Ben and Jude had a hand in creating the creatures, as they were running a “Drawing with Light” workshop for the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley AONB.  AONB Officer, Ros Stockdale explained “We have received a Community Engagement Award from Countryside Council for Wales, to get people more involved with their local environment.  A group of 20 local people of all ages took part in the workshop, and after a bit of a practice in the Healthy Living Centre, we went up to Pen y Pigyn and had a lot of fun creating some new residents for Halloween.”

     The images were created by taking a photograph on a very slow exposure, and having participants drawing with shapes with a variety of torches. Gail    , who participated in the event said “it was quite hard to do, as you can’t see what you’re drawing until you have a look at the photo at the end, but I think we created some really good pictures.  My favourite is the one with the witches with their cauldron on the Gorsedd stone, but we really enjoyed the whole event.  It was lovely to be up in Pen y Pigyn in the evening, and we even got to see some real bats!

  • Corwen Community Photographic Competition


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    Why not take part in our photographic competition, run by the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the Corwen Area?

    Each week, for 6 weeks (starting 26th October) 2 topics will be posted onto our websites ( www.clwydianrangeanddeevalleyaonb.org.uk and www.denbighshirecountryside.org.uk
    ) The best images will be chosen and displayed on a gallery on the websites and the best photos will be turned into postcards.

  • AONB and Menter Iaith win Lottery Support for Farming History Project


  • Toast the Clwydian Range with Moel Famau Ale


    Moel Famau Opens its doors for a fun weekend !

    To celebrate everything to do with the Clwydian Range, a special weekend is planned at Coed Moel Famau for 29th and 30th September 2012.

    AONB staff and local providers will be on hand to share some of the delights the purple spine of hills provide to us, such as animals, activities and heritage, which all help to explain why it is part of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

    From cycling tracks & vintage vehicles to local animals including bees, sheep, pigs & alpacas, all from the local area!


    Family fun will be the theme throughout the weekend with all free activities starting from 10.30-3.30pm, including creating a flock of willow and heather sheep, a cycle track and stream dipping.

    The event will also see the launch of a range of brand new beers brewed using local ingredients, including heather, bilberry and honey from the Clwydian Range.

    Councillor Carolyn Thomas, chairman of the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley AONB, said "Brewing beer using ingredients like heather would probably have taken place in this area thousands of years ago, its wonderful to see the AONB working with Hafod brewery to produce a fantastic product using ingredients from our uplands. Heather moorland is not only spectacular but also a functioning landscape which supplies us with a variety of products such as lamb, honey and once again beer."


    Ancient Arts will be smelting copper, all the way from the initial phases of taking the rock to making it into the shiny metal, through experimental archaeology, just as our ancestors would have done 4000 years ago.

    Original Outdoors will be testing your bushcraft skills, showing people how to survive in the wild!

    Other stands include North Wales Raptor and Reptile Sanctuary, North Wales Wildlife Trust Clwydian Branch and Gwaith Coed Chainsaw Carving.

    A free shuttle bus will be available linking the Moel Famau Forest car park where the event is being held, with Loggerheads and the Pen Barras viewpoint car park.

    The event celebrates the final stages of the five year Heather and Hillforts Project, which has developed a £2.3 million initiative for upland conservation work and has received a grant of £1.5 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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