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Moel Famau, Mold

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Moel Famau is the highest hill within the Clwydian Range, formerly Flintshire Range, on the boundary between Denbighshire and Flintshire in Wales. The hill, which also gives its name to the Moel Famau country park, has been classed as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty since 1985. It is also surrounded by several well-preserved Iron-Age hill forts.A northern part of the Offa's Dyke footpath, one of the UK's most popular National Trails, crosses the summit of Moel Famau and the Jubilee Tower.NameAlthough historical sources attest to a variety of spellings, the only two in common use today are Moel Famau and Moel Fama. The first word moel is a common Welsh place-name element meaning 'a bare hill'. The meaning and preferred spelling of the second element are less certain.Attestations from as early as the fourteenth century consistently show that the second element ends in –a. This conforms to the local pronunciation and is 'the preferred spelling', according to the Dictionary of the Place-names of Wales. The meaning of the 'Fama' is somewhat uncertain, but it is probably a lenited form of a personal name, 'Mama'.
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  • This is a good hill walk overlooking farm and heathland. Brilliant views toward Ruthin on the ascent. 360° views from the top, on a clear day you can see Blackpool Tower. From the top keep going for a...  more »
  • A planned trip to moel famau. We parked in the car park on the left before the main car park. Lots of space to park but make sure you have £2 in change. As we haven't been for a while lots of changes ...  more »
  • Went for a short walk and found there were various grades so opted for the Jubilee tower which was strenuous - I can't believe it's not a mountain. Steep ascent to the tower which was buffeted by a st...  more »