Moel Famau

Since James learnt to walk just over a month ago, he has become a boy possessed and his every waking hour is spent honing his new skills. So when we were looking for a walk to do last weekend we knew we needed somewhere with sections we could take him out the back carrier for.

Moel Famau

After a quick look over some maps, we settled on a trip up Moel Famau, the highest hill in the Clwydian range in North Wales.

walking up the hill

Our plan had been to carry James in the back carrier with lots of breaks for him to stretch his legs. James had other ideas and set off from the car park hand in hand with Daddy. I thought that after a few minutes he’d get tired but he just kept on going. We didn’t manage to get him in the back carrier at all on the way up, Dom managed to carry him for a few short sections but that was it. I was totally amazed with how much he walked; it was so lovely to see him having so much fun. The only way we could get him to stop and sit down was to feed him raisins. It was certainly wasn’t one of our quickest walks, but definitely one of the most fun.

at the top of the hill

Moel Famau gets a big thumbs up from us and I’m sure we’ll be back again soon. So if you’re looking for something to do in North Wales it really is a perfect family walk:

  • The car park is fairly high up so you get great views right from the start. It really isn’t too far to the summit but you still feel like you’ve done a decent walk as the views out across the Mersey to Liverpool and also North Wales are stunning.
  • There is Tower on the summit which is visible from the start. It gives you something to aim for and is good for exploring when you reach the top.
  • The Offa’s Dyke footpath is nice and wide and well maintained it would probably be just about doable with an all-terrain pushchair.
  • There are lots of alternate routes through the forest at the bottom of the hill if you need to shelter from the weather.

About the Author

Helena Carey

Helena Carey

About Me & Mine

James' family is James' (aged 7 months), daddy - Dominic, mummy - Helena and Jarvis the dog. We currently live in Norwich but head to the mountains of Snowdonia and the Lake District as often as we can.

Before James was born we were a very active family doing lots of canoeing, hill walking, camping and snowboarding. Since having James we are determined that having a family and enjoying the outdoors are both possible. We are keen to make sure James can not only join in with our adventures, but that he will be happy and comfortable at the same time.

Favourite place in the world:

It's a tough choice but Arisaig on the West coast of Scotland gets our vote. With the whitest sand and bluest sea we've seen, you have to keep reminding yourself you're in Scotland rather than a tropical paradise. The views out towards the Small Isles and the Cuillins on Skye are stunning; it really is a magical place. With sea kayaks it's easy to find your own private beach - well apart from the odd otter (real ones rather than Spotty ones) and seal to share it with. It's definitely somewhere we plan to take James to as soon as possible.

Favourite things to do outdoors:

We are keen canoeists and love to get out on the water as much as possible - whitewater, flat water touring or sea kayaking; we're not fussed as long as it's wet. We are both qualified instructors and enjoy passing on our love of paddle sports to others at our local canoe club. We have already has our own little bow paddler in the making, James, out in the canoe and are looking forward to many more trips.

We also do a lot of walking. We get out everyday to visit our local woods and parks to walk our coker spaniel, Jarvis. When we get the chance though, we prefer something a bit more challenging and regularly visit the mountains of Snowdonia and the Lake District. James' dad Dom, is a qualified mountain leader and is keen to pass on these skils as soon as possible.

Comments (4)

  • Kerry Teague

    Kerry Teague

    05 October 2012 at 14:03 | #

    Go James! Have legs, will travel!


  • Jay Greengrass

    Jay Greengrass

    09 October 2012 at 09:07 | #

    Oh the wee soul! I love your photo of him toddling (marching?) with the route to the summit ahead of him. I bet he slept well that night.


  • Helena Carey

    Helena Carey

    11 October 2012 at 12:09 | #

    He was exhausted - we ended up having a rather extended lunch stop in the car park at the bottom with James perched in the carrier in the back of the car. We really didn't have the heart to wake him.


  • Ryan Ferguson

    Ryan Ferguson

    15 May 2017 at 09:06 | #

    Hi. Love the idea what you're doing with your little one. Im wanting to do similar things with my 1 year old and your blog has been bery benificial. Could you recommend any hil walks for a 1 year old who cant walk yet. We have a baby carrier that he loves!


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