5 Best Flintshire Walks To Try


If you’re into your hiking holidays and are keen to explore more of Wales, you’ll want to book a short stay in Flintshire. This county, bordered by Denbighshire, Wrexham and Cheshire, is an excellent base for an outdoor break at any time of year.

There are lots of exceptional walking routes and trails to experience here – from rambling around the pretty meadows in Wepre Park to climbing up the mighty Moel Famau.

Warm up with our guide to the five best Flintshire walks to try on your next trip.

The Welsh countryside is known for its dramatic scenery (Kirk Schwarz/Unsplash)

Explore the impressive Bryn Alyn 

This hill fort is part of the Clwydian Range Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest. So, as you can imagine, it’s an absolutely awesome spot for a walk in remarkable scenery. 

Try the 4.5-mile circular trail from Eryrys to Bryn Alyn and back – a varied and particularly scenic stroll along a large stretch of limestone pavement.When you reach the summit on a clear day, you’ll get marvellous views of the Clwydian Hills as well as the Wheeler and Dee valleys. Give yourself two to three hours to complete the walk so you can comfortably make a couple of stops to capture the stunning surroundings on camera.

Alternatively, you could visit Nercwys Forest and walk the five-mile loop from Tir y Coed to Bryn Alyn. Wander down the woodland tracks and over numerous stiles, stopping every now and again to admire the wildflowers enroute.

Sleep under stars at one of our recommended campsites

Compete the Glasfryn and Gwysaney circular walk

If you’re in the mood for a five-mile walking trail that features a brilliant pub, you’ll love the Glasfryn and Gwysaney circular walk.

The route starts and ends at Glasfryn – a well-loved and traditional inn with a terrace that has inspiring views across the surrounding countryside. You might want to get a light bite before you begin the route, but keep in mind that you’ll end up back here in around three hours so could always reward yourself with food and a pint after you’ve stretched your legs.

Follow the well-marked trail from the pub through the stunning Gwysaney estate and up into the bordering hillsides before heading down into Soughton, an 11th-century village listed in the Domesday Book. Got a four-legged friend with you? Make sure they’re kept on a lead when necessary, as there are likely to be a number of grazing sheep and horses in the fields.

It’s a relatively easy walk, but there are some steep climbs along the way, and depending on weather conditions, the grassland and footpaths can get quite muddy. At times you’ll have to navigate some (mostly quiet) roads, so it’s best to keep to the right-hand side.

There are loads of outstanding trails to explore here, so why not book yourself into a Flintshire campsite and escape from reality for a while?

Slow down and get closer to nature for a few days in Flintshire (Mitchell Orr /Unsplash)

Wander through Wepre Park

There are some truly gorgeous strolls to be had in Wepre Park, just a 15-minute drive from Flintshire. It spans 160 acres of ancient woodland and is home to Ewloe Castle, a mysterious fortification thought to have been built some time after 1210 by the Welsh national hero Llywelyn the Great.

This country park is fantastic for a family day out as children of all ages can make the most of the facilities, including an adventure playground, outdoor gym and two well-kept football pitches. If it’s a warm and dry day, come prepared with a picnic or grab some refreshments from the old hall café in the visitor centre. 

For a short and gentle ramble, cut through the meadows to the castle where you’re free to explore the ruins – just double check the opening times before visiting to avoid disappointment. If you want to go further afield, continue towards the village of Northop Hall where you can grab a bite to eat at The Top Monkey pub before heading back to your campsite.

Get some fresh air at Greenfield Valley Heritage Park

With over 2,000 years of history to uncover, the 70-acre Greenfield Valley Heritage Park is an intriguing place to spend an afternoon. It’s on the edge of the River Dee estuary in Holywell and is full to the brim with wildlife, streams, lakes and ancient monuments.

Choose from a selection of nature trails that will take you past many sites of historical interest, such as Abbey Wire Mill – built in 1780 by the Parys Mine Co – and Basingwerk Abbey, founded by Ranulf II Earl of Chester in 1131.

Kids are keen on the massive adventure playground, as well as the on-site museum and visitor centre where the whole family can learn all about the area’s rich history. Activities and events are hosted here throughout the year, so keep an eye on the website for further details.

Browse our list of campsites near Holywell and extend your trip to this stunning part of North Wales.

The landscape at Moel Famau is truly spectacular (Humphrey Muleba on Unsplash)

Climb up Moel Famau

This walk is not for the faint of heart. You need a decent level of fitness to attempt the 554-metre peak of Moel Famau. It’s the highest summit in the Clwydian Range (as well as in the county), and when you’re eventually at the top you’ll get phenomenal views across Snowdonia and over the Wirral peninsula to Liverpool.

Feel up to the challenge? Then go for the 13-mile Jubilee Tower Loop from Cilcain, which takes between six to seven hours in total. The route begins right next to the car park and continues along mostly accessible paths via the ruins of the Jubilee Tower, originally built in 1810 to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of King George III.

If you’re after less of an intense walk, try the mile-long forest tracker trail. By the end of it, you’ll be clued up on all sorts of wild animals that live in the surrounding woodland.

Make sure you check out our list of the top 6 things to do in Flintshire before you leave the area.