The iconic silhouette of the Jubilee Tower, visible for miles around, is a monument to the frailty of human ambition and the power of nature.
It was built on the summit of Moel Famau, highest point of the Clwydian Range, to celebrate the golden jubilee of “mad” King George III in 1810 – but blew down in a storm about 50 years later. Walking to it, and experiencing the panoramic views, has been a legendary journey for generations.
But after a mere two centuries this atmospheric ruin hardly qualifies as old at all. Not compared to the Iron Age hillforts that crown six of the other peaks in the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley AONB. Even the most recent of these is 2,000 years old and you can explore one of them, Moel Fenlli, from the same start point below.
More information from the visitor centre at Loggerheads Country Park CH7 5LH, 01352 810614.
Start: Bwlch Pen Barras car park, grid reference SJ 162 605