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Few people seem to be aware of a beautiful stretch of open moorland that straddles the Denbighshire Conwy border. Known in English as the 'Denbigh Moors' it is more evocatively known in Welsh as the 'Mynydd Hiraethog', a phrase that has no direct translation but talks of a deep longing for this wild but accessible open space.
Walkers of all standards and levels of fitness can enjoy this area including disabled ramblers as the Alwen reservoir has a recently created path all around it which is fully accessible to wheelchair users and electric buggies. There are several 'kissing gates' that require a 'radar' key so making it a safe environment for enjoying the wilderness.
Those who enjoy history can walk the Brenig archeological trail or go off the beaten track even further and discover standing stones and ancient wells aplenty. Birdwatchers may have the fortune to spot black grouse or hen harriers, regularly seen in this fabulously peaceful and unspoilt place.
Part of the attraction of the area is that it is never crowded but always interesting with each season displaying the deep changing colours of heathers, trees and the stunning lakes. You'll meet sheep of course, but don't be surprised to find the rich variety of plants, birds and animals the area offers.
If you're looking for accommodation the area welcomes walkers with facilities ranging from exceptional 'bunk house' style rooms at Fynnon Wen through cheap and cheerful hotels, to the spacious and comfortable Hafod Elwy Hall.
The Hiraethog has lakes, hills, open spaces and stunning scenery, in fact it has everything that the lake district has, apart from the crowds.