Out & About

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The Old Rectory is in a great position for exploring North Wales and further afield. Below gives a flavour of what is on offer locally. We are situated on the eastern edge of Clocaenog Forest which is part of the Hiraethog region which is a stunning and unspoilt landscape of rolling heather moor, deep forest and quiet lakes in the heart of North Wales. You could also take a look at the Special Places in Denbighshire turn books for some ideas of where to visit. http://www.specialplacesindenbighshire.co.uk/

Walking & Hiking

North Wales is a walker’s paradise – come and explore this ancient landscape of wild heather moor, lakes, woodland with panoramic views of Snowdonia and the Vale of Clwyd. Clocaenog is also on the route of the Clwydian way and only 20 minutes on foot from the new Brenig Way. Catherine is a qualified Walking Guide Leader and is happy to recommend local walks or take guests out on guided walks.  For those looking to explore further afield with an expert, Ann at Snowdonia Guided Walks can assist.

Outdoor Adventure Training Courses

Fancy something a little more adventurous then why not contact Original Outdoors.  They are based in a neighbouring village and their range of activities and courses cover outdoor skills from navigation, first aid, foraging and bush craft to guided walks, charity events, team building and professional outdoor services.

Watersports & Fishing

Hiraethog is fantastic place for anglers – whether an expert or a young beginner, the ease of access, the range of sites to fish from, and the quality of the fish available, means that a day out with your rod will be a day well spent.  At Llyn Brenig you will also find the Sailing Club which runs courses and holds events throughout the year.


We are both keen golfers and can assist you on deciding which of the many beautiful courses in north Wales you would like to play. We are within a 30 minute drive of Ruthin Pwllglas, Mold, Denbigh, Rhuddlan, Llangollen, Wrexham and Prestatyn.

Mountain Biking

North Wales is rapidly becoming one of the finest locations in the UK for mountain biking. We have Clocaenog Forest on our doorstep and the centre at Coed Llandegla is close by.


Ruthin has a lively and interesting history – which has provided a rich architectural heritage – and is currently a thriving administrative and service centre for a large rural hinterland. It is the home of the principal offices of the county of Denbighshire, and the meeting place of the County Council. It has financial and business services providing for local needs, and is home to one of the largest cattle and sheep auction markets in Wales. Whilst in Ruthin ensure you visit the Gaol, Wales’ oldest timbered town house and the award winning Craft Centre.

Catherine is a Tourism Ambassador for Denbighshire and is more than happy to assist if you would like any further information on attractions or activities in the area.