AHNE Bryniau Clwyd / Clwydian Range AONB



News and events

  • New lease of life for Old Mill at Loggerheads


    A donation of 20 two-tonne boulders from Cefn Mawr Quarry will play a vital role in bringing an old flour mill to life at Loggerheads Country Park.

    Restoration of the old mill, which ceased working in the 1930s, was completed in the 1990s but a weir on the River Alyn and the channels that direct water to the mill wheel were in poor condition.  It has been many years since the huge water wheel has been able to turn properly because there has been little water in the system.  

    The stone will be used to restore Pentre weir and feed enough water to get the mill wheel turning to either grinding flour or generate small amounts of electricity in order to demonstrate water power.

    The restoration of the weir has been carried out using traditional techniques in order to minimise the environmental impact of the work.  No concrete or synthetic material has been used.- Large boulders have been place and locked together in order to create the weir.    

    In fact the work should see an improvement to the biodiversity of the area too â water vole - Britain's rarest mammal - once used the leets and channels of the old mill but have been absent since the water courses dried up.


    David Shiel, Senior Countryside Officer for the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley AONB said, 'We hope that this project will not only see the water wheel turning again for the first time in decades, but will also see a return of water vole and other species to the mill pond and leets.  Putting the weir back has been a key step.   

    'Moving the boulders and placing them carefully into the river has been a major job.  We are grateful to Hanson at Cefn Mawr Quarry for providing the stones and allowing us to hand pick them from the quarry!  Also to Kingswood Colomendy Outdoor Education Centre who have granted access to the river and suspended water sports on their lake while the work was being carried out.'

    The work is being carried out by the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley AONB with European funding from the Countryside Council for Wales' Communities and Nature Project.  It has also received funding from the Trunk Road Agency' Biodiversity Fund.  

    Local firm F G Whitleys have been contracted to complete the work.

  • Take a Bus around the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley


    Bus linkThis year the Dee Valley and Clwydian Ranger Bus service creates new links to some outstanding walking routes in the area.  Walk one way and ride back on the bus and if you use the free Moel Famau Shuttle you will even get a free drink at Caffi Florence.  But what better way to spend a Sunday during the Summer. 

    Another new edition is the Llangollen Lift.  Why not take the bus up to the Ponderosa and walk back to Llangollen or use the bus to do a walk around the spectacular Castell Dinas Bran or a walk along the canal.  Its free !  

    Come and enjoy the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley by bus ! 

  • Thousands see the lighting of the Jubilee Beacon on Moel Famau


    About two thousand people walked up Moel Famau on Monday evening to witness the lighting of a beacon to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

    The Jubilee Tower was the appropriate setting for the main beacon event in Denbighshire and Flintshire.

    Beacon Event

    The event was a jointly organised by Denbighshire and Flintshire County Councils, the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Forestry Commission, North East Wales Search and Rescue, and the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.

    Councillor Carolyn Thomas, Chairman of the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty said: "It was a memorable event and a wonderful local celebration of the Diamond Jubilee. I would like to thank all those who attended to take part in such an unforgettable community celebration"

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  • Jubilee Tower beacon at Moel Famau to mark Queen’s Diamond Jubilee


    Organisers are working hard to make the summit of Moel Famau a memorable location for an anchor beacon to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.The lighting of over 4000 beacons across the United Kingdom, and further afield, will take place on Monday 4 June from 10pm, as part of a bank-holiday weekend of festivities to mark the Diamond Jubilee.Moel Famau and its Jubilee Tower is appropriately the setting for the main beacon event in Denbighshire and Flintshire. Lanterns are being created for the occasion by professional artists Ben Davis and Jude Wood, and a limited number will be provided at the Jubilee Tower on the night to help guide people back down Moel Famau at the end of the event.The event is a joint partnership project between Denbighshire and Flintshire County Councils, the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Forestry Commission Wales, and North East Wales Search and Rescue, with the majority of the funding being provided by Cadwyn Clwyd.

    David Shiel, Senior Countryside Officer with the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley AONB said:“It’s going to be a great event. All are welcome to attend, but we would urge people to come prepared. It may be June, but it could be cold at the top at that time of night, so please make sure you bring waterproofs, warm clothes and sturdy walking shoes. Lanterns will be available, but we would also advise people to bring torches to help with the walk back down.”

     Tom Woodall, Head of Flintshire Countryside Service, added: “The beacon will be lit at 10pm, and a walk to the summit will start at 8.30pm from the car park at Bwlch Pen Barras, so we are encouraging people to arrive in plenty of time. Car parking at Moel Famau will be limited, and there will be no buses at that time in the evening, so the advice is to car share wherever possible, to ensure that as many people as possible can enjoy this historic experience. If you can’t make it to Moel Famau on the night, there will also be the opportunity to see it from vantage points around the area – everyone knows their favourite view!”

     Councillor Carolyn Thomas, Chair of the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley AONB said:
    “The top of Moel Famau is such a special place to the communities of both Flintshire and Denbighshire, as well as further afield.  It is particularly appropriate to gather people at the Jubilee Tower for these celebrations – it is what it was built for originally, and it should be a memorable occasion. Wherever you are, look to Moel Famau at 10pm on 4 June as the beacon is lit.”

     All beacons in the area are listed at www.diamondjubileebeacons.co.uk

     This beacon event has been grant funded through Cadwyn Clwyd who deliver funds through the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development, through the Welsh Government's Rural Development Plan for Wales, 2007- 2013.

     For more details, contact Loggerheads Country Park on 01352 810614 (weekdays)

    01352 810586 (weekends & holidays), or visit the website: www.clwydianrangeaonb.org.uk

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