Alwen Reservoir, near Denbigh
Walk or cycle around this huge upland reservoir
Pool Park is one of several car parks in Clocaenog Forest, a huge area of woodland, open moorland and rivers.
The small car park is the starting point for a short waymarked walking trail, ideal for breaking a journey to stretch your legs or for a quick stroll with your dog.
There are several public footpaths nearby if you have a map with you and fancy a longer walk.
It is named after the former huge Pool Park Estate, which was owned by the Bagot family.
The walking trail is waymarked from start to finish.
Look out for the information panel at the start of the trail.
Find out about walking trail grades.
This short trail follows a stream then climbs gently as it winds its way through the woodland.
Look out for the huge Douglas fir trees which thrive here and patches of bluebells in spring.
Clocaenog is a huge conifer forest which is the size of 10,000 rugby pitches (100km2).
It lies at the southern end of Hiraethog Moor and was first planted in the 1930s by the Forestry Commission.
Although still a working forest, it is now a place for people to enjoy and home for a wide variety of wildlife.
Red squirrels live in Clocaenog Forest but you will be very lucky to see one as they move over large areas and are quite secretive.
Rare black grouse, known for their flamboyant courtship display, known as ‘lekking’, live on the forest edge.
In addition to Pool Park, waymarked trails start from several other Natural Resources Wales car parks in Clocaenog Forest:
Clocaenog Forest forms part of the National Forest for Wales.
The National Forest will:
It will form a connected ecological network running throughout Wales, bringing social, economic and environmental benefits.
Parts of the network will eventually form a trail running the length and breadth of Wales, so anyone can access it wherever they live.
For more information go to the National Forest for Wales website.
Sometimes we need to close or divert trails for your safety whilst we undertake maintenance work or forest operations.
Occasionally we may have to close a site in extreme weather, such as high winds or snow and ice due to the risk of injury to visitors or staff.
Please always follow any instructions onsite and make sure you follow any temporary diversion signs in place.
Pool Park is 2 miles south west of Ruthin.
It is in the county of Denbighshire.
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Pool Park is on OS Explorer 279, 293 or 294.
The OS grid reference for the car park is SJ 101 560.
Take the B5105 from Ruthin towards Clawddnewydd.
After 1½ miles the car park is on the right.
The nearest mainline railway station is in Buckley.
For details of public transport visit the Traveline Cymru website.
Parking is free of charge.
Overnight parking is not permitted.
There are no staff at this location.
Contact our customer team for general enquiries during office hours, Monday to Friday.