|From Cynwyd, the path leads through conifer forest onto the open
moorland, climbing steadily to Moel Fferna summit.
| Distance: 8.4 km / 51/4 miles
Difficulty: Difficult (steady
From the summit of Moel Fferna, the highest point of the North
Berwyn Way, rolling heather-clad hills stretch away in every direction. There
are panoramic views north to the Llantysilio Mountains and the Clwydian Range,
west to the Arennigs and south to the Berwyn Range.
are one of the largest and most attractive areas of upland heath remaining in
Wales, designated as a SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) and SAC
(Special Area of Conservation) in recognition of their environmental
importance. Heather, Bilberry and Crowberry flourish on the poor acidic soils.
Blanket bog has developed on the wetter areas, where white flowered Cotton
Grass, bog mosses and unusual 'insect-eating' plants like Sundew and Butterwort
thrive. These wild and peaceful mountains are ideal habitats for many birds of
prey as they have a good chance of breeding without disturbance and their prey
of small mammals and birds are plentiful in the heather and rough