Nercwys Forest

I’m very lucky in that on the days where both of my hoomans have to go out to work, I get taken out by a lovely doggy daycare lady. One of the places she likes to take me and my other doggy pals is Nercwys Forest near Mold in North Wales. Hoomum hadn’t been before and was curious to see where I get taken so we went together to check it out.

Here is how you get there..

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There is a small carpark which we found by using a sat nav, I don’t think it was particularly well sign posted so I would recommend doing the same.

From the carpark there is a single track which runs straight through the forest, within less than half a kilometre you’ll come across a red walking route sign on the left, this is the route that we took.

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It’s about 4km in total and a complete mixture of terrain and scenery from deep dark sheltered forest sections to bright open mountain side climbs which result in stunning views. Obviously you don’t have to stick to this exact route, there are plenty of spurs off the trail which would enable you to create your own route as you please.

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I’m not sure if it’s down to the recent weather where we’ve had plenty of sun and an equal about of rain or whether it’s simply a regular occurrence but there were hundreds and hundreds of mushrooms and toadstools along the trail, some of them were huge too.

 

Hoomum kept screeching every time I went near them, I think she thought I was going to eat them but I only wanted a sniff.

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To be honest, I would rather eat horse poo. Luckily,  there was plenty of that about too.

Speaking of horses, it’s worth mentioning that horses do regularly make use of the forest and there was a group of 4 riders out when we were there. The first time we came across them they came charging towards us quite quickly, it startled me enough so that hoomum could scoop me up and keep me out of the way. The same thing happened again but I was on my lead at that point so hoomum and I just moved off to the side to let them past.

The only reason I’m mentioning it is that if you or your pup don’t like horses, this probably isn’t the place for you.

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Half way into the trail there is a short steep(ish) winding climb which takes you up to a view point and an information board. The amazing views out towards the Cheshire Plain make the climb well worth it.

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All in all, it’s a great little walking spot and well worth checking out if you happen to be in the area or live within a 30 min radius. There is nothing about in the way of facilities, just the small car park. When we were done we headed over to the cafe at Loggerheads Country Park (which is only 5 mins away) for some much needed refreshments.

More information about the forest and the surrounding area can be found here.

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