Waun Y Llyn
Waun Y Llyn Country Park, Llanfynydd, LL11 5HP
Distance: About 2-2.5 miles.
Time: Allow 40mins – 1 hour for the short loop.
Grade: Mild – moderate.
Area: Just outside Mold, 10 minutes away, near Pontblyddyn.
Parking: Has it’s own little car park at the start.
Stiles: 2 stiles, the 2nd of which has a little dog door!
Livestock?: Yes at certain times, some docile Welsh Black cows (can be avoided).
Dog Towel?: Most definitely.
Directions on the walk
Waun Y Llyn is a nice length of walk if the pub is also on your agenda for a Sunday afternoon. The views of the surrounding area are stunning, and on a clear day you can see all the way to Liverpool! The loop we normally do does involve passing through a walled field that, during the sunnier months, is home to very tolerant Welsh Black cattle. We’ve yet to see any sheep on our walk – we have a sighthound as part of our pack so we’re very vigilant for our woolly friends.
Starting at the car park we follow the path until it splits where we tail off to the right. Walk along this route until you come to the view as pictured on the left. Carry on down to the right: this takes us down a short decline followed by a path onto a small wooden walkway. If your dogs love to get mucky, this is the point they’re bound to run ahead towards “Mud-bath Nirvana”. From here you walk around to a stone stile, over which live the Welsh Blacks. We normally turn and keep to the left along the edge of the pond until we come across the 2nd stone stile (with the miniature dog door).
From there it’s straight, coursing around the right, over an area of bare rocks (mind your footing) then take a wide left which starts the small ascent to the main viewing point of Waun Y Llyn*. Upon reaching the top take a seat on a small circle of stones or the bench, soak in the views, then carry on following the path left along the top back towards the car park. The path is narrow as it heads through the greenery, but widens out again about 5-10 minutes near the end. It’s straight back to the car park after that, for a well deserved beverage and a temporarily tuckered out canine.
It’s not a busy walk; we do tend to come across one or two dog owners but on the whole our pack roam free, enjoying the many sniffs and smells of the countryside. I wouldn’t walk this on a particularly foul day as there’s very little shelter and you don’t have the benefits of the views. Wrap up warm as it can get a little windy. Most importantly enjoy the fresh air and the great views!
* To extend the walk by about 20-30 minutes you can carry on here slightly to the right, which then curves around to left near some exposed sandstone (in the Summer you may see some adventurous climbers).
To find out more about this walk you can check this leaflet on Flintshire Rural Walks, but bear in mind the Waun Y Llyn description involves a wider, much longer loop. We haven’t done this one yet so let us know how you get on!
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