Foel Fenlli or Moel Fenlli is a hill in Denbighshire, North Wales. With a summit at an elevation of 511 metres (1,677 ft), it is the second highest peak of the Clwydian Range.[1]

Foel Fenlli
Foel Fenlli from Offa's Dyke Path.jpg
Highest point
Elevation511 m (1,677 ft)
Prominence153 m (502 ft)
Parent peakMoel Famau
Coordinates53°07′53″N 3°14′59″W / 53.1313°N 3.2497°W / 53.1313; -3.2497Coordinates: 53°07′53″N 3°14′59″W / 53.1313°N 3.2497°W / 53.1313; -3.2497
LocationDenbighshire, Wales
Parent rangeClwydian Range
OS gridSJ164600
Topo mapOS Landranger 116

A popular ascent leads south from the car park at Bwlch Penbarras, which is also a popular starting point for ascending Moel Famau to the north. The Offa's Dyke Path runs around the western slopes. The remains of a hillfort roughly ten hectares in area are found on the peak; the site is believed to date back to the Iron Age but was later reoccupied during the Dark Ages. The "iniquitous and tyrannical" king Benlli (after whom the mountain was named) probably lived there c. 450. He was admonished for opposing Saint Germanus, and he and his castle were "consumed by fire from heaven", so the legend goes.[2] There are the remains of strong ramparts on all sides, with an entrance at the west end. In the south-west quarter of the fort enclosure are about two dozen hut platforms; there is a spring close to the centre.[3]

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  1. ^ Ordnance Survey 1:25000 Explorer Map 265 Clwydian Range, 2000
  2. ^ Dyer, James. Penguin Guide to Prehistoric England & Wales (1981). p. 323.
  3. ^ Dyer, p. 324

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