Coed Cilygroeslwyd Nature Reserve

Coed Cilygroeslwyd Nature Reserve

Coed Cilygroeslwyd

Ancient Yew woodland on limestone pavement overlooking the Vale of Clwyd

Location

2 miles south west of Ruthin
Near Pwllglas

Ruthin
Denbighshire
LL15 2PB (Siop Pwllglas with large car park)

OS Map Reference

SJ124553
A static map of Coed Cilygroeslwyd

Know before you go

Size
4 hectares

Entry fee

No

Parking information

There's a large car park at Siop Pwllglas, about 10 minutes walk from the reserve

Grazing animals

No

Walking trails

A number of paths through woodland, steep in places.  Some of the paths cross section of limestone pavement, which can be slippery during wet conditions

Access

The easiest place to park is in the car park by Siop Pwllglas, the reserve is about 10 minutes walk up a steep but quiet  lane, heading off past Capel y Rhiw.

Alternatively, park in the layby just close to the River Clwyd  (SJ127553), off the road to Llanfair DC.  A finger post marks the reserve entrance but care is needed crossing the A494

Dogs

On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

Spring for dawn chorus, pied flycatchers and wild daffodils

About the reserve

A compact reserve of ancient Yew woodland on limestone pavement overlooking  the Vale of Clwyd.    The site forms part of the larger Eyarth Woods and Rocks Site of Special Scientific Interest designated in 1972. The site is particularly notable for being one of three sites in Britain for the limestone woundwort Stachys alpina and it is the only yew Taxus baccata woodland in Clwyd. A great place to visit in Spring to hear the dawn chorus, see stinking hellebore Helleborus foetidus, wild daffodils Narcissus pseudonarcissus and morels. In Summer you can find common spotted orchids Dactylorhiza fuchsii and Stachys alpina in the small disused limestone quarry grassland. Autumn brings earth star fungi Geastrum triplex  and bright pink spindle Euonymus europaea berries.  

Contact us

North Wales Wildlife Trust - Graham Berry
Contact number: 01248 351541

Environmental designation

Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)