Walking in Llandegla Forest

Would you believe, the forest is only 15 minutes away from my home, and I’ve never visited, or even knew it existed, until 2 weeks ago.  I visited for a second time yesterday with my friend and neighbour, Barbara.  It’s such an amazing, magical place, so totally awe-inspiring, and we spent several wonderful hours here.

Llandegla Forest [Welsh: Coed Llandegla) covers 6.5 kilometres in Denbighshire, North East Wales.  The forest is used for a range of  recreational activities including walking and mountain biking. The Offa’s Dyke path passes through here.

The forest and adjacent moorland are important habitats for the Black Grouse, which is declining in many parts of England and Wales. The birds are increasing here due to a programme of special land management. 

There are several walking trails – the Reservoir Trail, the Black Grouse Trail, the Llandegla Forest Trail and the Moorland View Trail.  We chose the Black Grouse Trail, which meanders about 2 miles through the forest with the final part of the walk taking us around the tranquil Pendinas Reservoir, before dropping down to the Visitor Centre and Cafe. 

Although we didn’t see any Black Grouse, we did see hundreds of frogs, spawning in the far end of the reservoir!

So if you feel like getting away from the hustle and bustle of daily life and being immersed in the flora and fauna of one of the UK’s best managed woodlands, then Coed Llandegla Forest could be the place you have been searching for.

With way-marked footpaths suitable for all abilities and fitness levels that take in the very best views of the forest it’s an amazing place to take stock, relax and enjoy time with friends and family.



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  1. The forest is beautiful, but those frogs—simply fun! I wish I could be there.

  2. Lovely photos my friend, I love absorbing beautiful patterns created by sunlight on a forest floor, looks like an amazing place to visit

  3. Thank you so much. It is a wonderful place. I’m very taken with it.

  4. Thank you. I love the forest and the reservoir, but the frogs were definitely the highlight of the day.

  5. Fantastic documentation of your frog expedition, Elisabeth ❤ The forest seems like a true wilderness!!

  6. Thank you, Hanna. It is a wilderness, wild and rugged, and yet very accessible. I[‘m so glad to have discovered it.

  7. It mus a pleasant surprise when you discovered this magical forest. Enjoy this forest walk via your lens. Fabulous, indeed! 🙂

  8. Thank you, Amy. It is truly enchanting.

  9. Beautiful Lizzie and on your doorstep, how lovely to visit and photograph 🙂 Lynne

  10. This looks absolutely idyllic. Lovely photos!

  11. Thank you, Lynne. My eyes have been opened to the beauty on my own doorstep.

  12. Thank you, my friend. It’s sure to be one of my favourites from now on.

  13. Good Lizzie, so we will get lots of your lovely part of the world photos 🙂 Lynne

  14. Looking forward to new discoveries.

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