As much as I’d love to take the boys over to the mountains at the drop of hat, time and the cost of filling the car with fuel means that’s not always possible. So, we often try and find some smaller scale alternatives. One of those is Nercwys Forest in Flintshire.
Nercwys Forest is a vast and sprawling woodland bustling with wildlife, ranging from buzzards to badgers. It’s also home to over 5 miles of picturesque trails. I’ve been bringing Arthur here since he could walk and he likes nothing better than running off down the paths, climbing the tree stumps or hiding in the forest dens.
The great thing about Nercwys Forest is that you can do as much or as little of it as you like. We tend to follow the red route (clockwise) and do a shorter loop walk through the woodland and back down to the car.
What makes this place so great is its accessibility. The trails are wide and largely flat which makes it easy to get a pram around or if mini-explorers decide that hanging on your hip is preferable to walking themselves. There’s always plenty of parking and there’s no charge so you can explore for as long as you like without watching the clock .
The forest is open to walkers, cyclists and horse riders and the network of simple trails makes it a great spot for kids to try out their mountain bikes. If you want to explore the forest beyond the red route, there’s bronze age burial cairn, mine buildings, quarry workings and a small lake called Llyn Ochyn.
All in all, Coed Nercwys is a great spot. Largely quiet, very accessible and safe for kids to roam freely whether on they’re on bikes or on foot.
We also highly recommend visiting the ‘must be seen to be believed’ Gelateria Domingo the Lama
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