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Walking Routes

Exploring the forest on foot

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.

Reservoir Trail

Distance – 4 km/2.5 miles
This short walk takes you through the eastern end of the forest. After
a gentle climb up the main forest road, you’ll turn through an area of mature spruce trees and out onto the edge of Pendinas Reservoir. Please be aware that this tranquil reservoir provides drinking water to the surrounding area and is very cold, so please stay out! On a clear day,
you will have excellent views towards Moel Famau and the surrounding countryside. A descent through Larch Bank brings you back to the visitor centre and café.
You may see… dragonflies hovering above the wildlife ponds.

You may hear… the screech of a jay as he flies from treetop to treetop.

Can you spot… common lizards basking on the open heathland by
the reservoir?

Black Grouse Trail

Distance – 3.5 km/2 miles
This walk takes you through part of the upland spruce plantation
and out on the contrasting landscape of the Ruabon moors. From the bird hide, you have extensive views over Esclusham Mountain and the Ruabon site of special scientific interest. Part of the moor is managed specifically for the conservation of black grouse. Why not book a walk with the RSPB to watch the magnificent black grouse lekking, which
is when the male grouse show their magnificent tail feather displays to the hens (females). The final part of the walk takes you around the tranquil Pendinas Reservoir before dropping down to the visitor centre and café.

You may see… the steely grey silhouette of a male hen harrier swooping over the moor.

You may hear… the lekking of the male black grouse on Ruabon moor.

Can you spot… a speckled wood butterfly weaving its way along the grassy edge of the forest road?

Llandegla Forest Trail

Distance – 5 km/3 miles
This is a tour through the different forest habitats at Coed Llandegla. First, you are in the upland spruce plantation, which is a mixture of mature tall spruce and open areas known as clear fells. These areas are not left open for long and are soon replanted with conifers to provide a sustainable timber crop for future generations. We also plant some broadleaved trees to create long-term wildlife corridors. The route then passes along the heather rides. These are areas of open heathland within the forest that are managed for wildlife. You then descend to Larch Bank. This part of the forest is managed as continuous-cover forest. You will not see any clear fells here: only well-thinned mature trees among small groups of younger mixed species, which will one day become the overstorey. The trail finishes at the visitor centre and café. You may see… pipistrelle bats darting along the forest edge on a summer’s evening.

You may hear… the distinctive call of a chiffchaff singing in
the conifers.

Can you spot… five different tree species on Larch Bank?

Moorland View Trail

Distance – 11 km/7 miles
This 2 1⁄2-hour walk follows the start of the Llandegla Forest trail by climbing to the spruce plantation and then continues to the western end of the forest. You will see spruce trees of all ages from newly planted to mature and ready for felling. This cycle of clear felling
and replanting provides a perfect habitat for one of our more elusive summer visitors: the nightjar. After crossing Offa’s Dyke footpath, you head to the edge of the Ruabon SSSI. Part of this moorland is within the forest boundary and is managed for black grouse. Thin strips are cut in the moorland vegetation to provide fresh buds and shoots for the grouse to feed on. The trail continues through areas of thinned spruce trees. The thinning allows more light to reach the forest floor which encourages ground flora to flourish and provide a food source for many insects and birds. The walk rejoins the Llandegla Forest Trail and ends
at the visitor centre and café – a perfect place to rest and enjoy some of the renowned homecooked food.

You may see… flocks of crossbills feeding on larch and spruce cones in the treetops.

You may hear… churring male nightjars trying to attract a mate.

Can you spot… the UK’s smallest bird, the goldcrest, darting among the spruce trees?

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