The Clwydian Hills or Range is a series of hills that rise to mountains, situated in north east Wales. The highest point is at Moel Famauhey and the area runs from Llandegla in the south to Prestatyn
in the north. The Clwydian Range has been designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty due to importance of the areaís natural habitat and wildlife. A massive upstanding block of Silurian age sandstones, mudstones and siltstones forms the basis of the Clwydian Hills. This block is intensely faulted, with Vale of Clwyd Fault forming the striking west-facing scarp of the Clwydian Range. The high points along the hills provide panoramic views across North Wales, to the high peaks of Snowdonia
. Looking eastwards you can see across the Cheshire Plain
and, in the right conditions, as far as the Peak District
and towards Manchester
to the northeast. Iron Age
hill forts are studded across the range, including Y Foel (Moel Hiraddug), Moel-y-gaer, Penycloddiau, Moel Arthur, a second Moel y Gaer and Foel Fenlli. Numerous ancient tumuli and cairns can also be found on the hills. Wildlife includes the red kite, now becoming rare, and the red fox. Rabbits and voles provide this pair of predators with plenty of prey.
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