Brenig Way {Melin-y-wig}

Have you heard of the Brenig Way?  Up until last weekend, I hadn’t.  And it seems like a lot of people don’t know about it because when Paul biked it last week, he saw one other person while he biked the whole 32 mile route!

So, when he suggested we walk some of it with the bois, plus he’d said that the route that passed through Melin-y-Wig was really pretty, I was more than up for it.


The Brenig Way is a 32 mile promoted route for walkers, meandering from Corwen up to Llyn Brenig.

The Brenig Way starts in the beautiful Dee Valley and takes walkers into some of the quietest parts of Denbighshire, where peaceful paths snake though natural woodlands and along steep sided river valleys. It follows ancient drovers roads and passes even more ancient cairns, navigating its way through the Clocaenog Forest to reveal stunning views of the Clwydian range at Pincyn Llys and around Cyffylliog. It culminates in a steady, but isolated, climb along the Afon Clywedog, passing just a handful of houses, to reach Llyn Brenig at the Archaeological Trail. This is the site of a Bronze Age burial ground, with several ritual cairns creating a sense of solitude against the stunning backdrop of Hiraethog and Snowdonia. A gentle walk around the lake is completed by walking across the Brenig dam to finish the walk at the Visitors Centre for a well-earned treat.

Taken from Denbighshire Countryside website


We parked up at Melin-y-Wig, spotted the waymarkers and we were off.


This section of the walk takes you down along the river where there are horses and their foals running around, bluebells everywhere and a river to jump across…or stumble…whichever way you want to look at it.





Pretty pathways all around.  And then, as we passed some beautiful cottages, the lady there told us we were welcome to go and take a look at her pigs…


Alf’s day was MADE!  And yes, he’s still asking for one for his birthday this month…

We followed the Brenig Way route back immediately after the cottages and we were soon in badger territory…


Really pretty badger territory, too.

The last bit of the loop took us back to Melin-y-Wig on the road for about 1.5 miles or so.  The rain kept threatening to ruin our walk back but thankfully, it didn’t come to much.





What.  A.  View!


Alf decided there was only one way back…to hitch a ride!  We managed to persuade him to carry on with a promise of a pub lunch.

This walk took us around an hour and a half, I’m not sure of the distance but it is such a pretty walk and one that I would do with younger children, too.

For more info here’s that link again: Denbighshire Countryside

And I’d definitely recommend the Mushroom and Leek Pie at the Dudley Arms for afters!

And then a little snooze on the sofa ;)


Unless your name is Robb Lowe and your still caught up along the pathway somewhere…

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22 thoughts on “Brenig Way {Melin-y-wig}

  1. I haven’t visited this area at all but I am very tempted now! It looks absolutely stunning. Thanks for linking to #MondayEscapes

  2. Such beautiful pictures, I would have loved taking my camera here and I am will Alf I would love a pig I just love them x

  3. Wow stunning photos – looks lovely. It’s a long way from Devon but just the kind of place we love to discover as well – it’s amazing how many places there are that hardly anyone seems to go to. #AdventureCalling

  4. Ahh, If I needed some more of a Wales fix, you have certainly done it for my Cerys! I have bumped Brenig Way to the top of my list for my next adventure that way – it looks and sounds absolutely stunning! Now I have to try to bring my head back to Manchester and my work rather than dreaming of gorgeous walks and views in Wales ;) xx

  5. Looks beautiful! I love how in nearly every outdoor outing, you have to bribe Alfie!

  6. What a pretty walk, and those views are to die for. I love your photos, so much colour and vibrancy. I’m glad the rain stayed away, and there’s nothing better than a good pub lunch after a walk. Thanksso much for sharing with us at #AdventureCalling

  7. We’ve walked Brenig way on a couple of occasions and you’re right, it is a lovely hidden gem. We live only a relatively short drive away so feel really lucky to have areas like this close by. However, I don’t think we’ve been since our youngest came along so you’ve just inspired me to introduce her to it. Thanks for koining us on #adventurecalling I hope you can again tomorrow.

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