GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Betws Y Coed River Walk

1 miles (2 km)

A circular walk along the River Llugy and the River Conwy in the Snowdonia village of Betws Y Coed. The short walk takes you along footpaths where the two rivers converge, close to the train station and the village centre.
You can start the walk from the Snowdonia National Park Visitor Centre or from the train station. Paths will then take you around the golf course and along the rushing waters of the rivers. There's nice views across the water to the surrounding woodland and mountains of the area.
You can continue your riverside walking by following the Afon Llugy west and visiting the delightful Swallow Falls and the picturesque wooden Miners Bridge. Also nearby are the Conwy Falls where there are good trails to follow along the River Conwy.
To the south is the delightful Fairy Glen where there's little waterfalls, rapids and cascades in a picturesque wooded gorge.

Betws Y Coed River Walk OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Betws Y Coed River Walk Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


Head to the Stables Bar for some post walk refreshments. They do very good food and also have a good sized outdoor area to relax in on warmer days. You can find the pub at postcode LL24 0AY for your sat navs.
There's also The Alpine Coffee Shop, situated at Betws-y-Coed railway station. It's a popular place with eye catching decor including creative wrought-iron artwork and unusual artefacts.There is also a gallery with a permanent art exhibition of works byJacha Potgieter,comprising of photographs, oil paintings and prints to raise awareness of apes in crisis. They serve award winning coffee which you can enjoy with a fine view of the old trains coming in and out of the station.

Dog Walking

The river trails make for a nice dog walk. The Stables Bar mentioned above is also dog friendly and can provide water bowls.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Just to the west of the village you can visit one of the significant historical sites in the area at Dolwyddelan Castle. There are excellent views of the surrounding mountains from the ruins of the 13th century fortress. The circular walk also visits the village of Dolwyddelan and the lovely Afon Lledr Valley.
To the north you will find the noteworthy market town of Llanrwst. Here you can try the circular Llanrwst Walk which visits some of the towns highlights. These include the splendid Gwydir Estate which contains a historic castle, an ancient chapel, the Grey Mare's Tail Waterfall and the expansive Gwydyr Forest.
The Llyn Parc Walk starts from the village and follows a waymarked trail north through the forest to the pretty lake. On the way there's also views of the Aberllyn mine and gorge, where there is a waterfall to see.
The Fishermans Walk and Lledr Gorge Walk starts just to the south west of the settlement at Pont-y-Pant railway station on theConwy Valley line. This takes you through the beautiful scenery of the Lledr Gorge with its picturesque waterfalls, stepping stones and Pont Gethin viaduct. There's also the option of trying the Victorian Fishermans Walk, a precarious route through the gorge on a rickety old walkway.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Snowdonia Walks page.


River Bank at Betws-y-Coed - - 463190

River Bank at Betws-y-Coed

Afon Conwy from the Sapper's bridge - - 556313

Afon Conwy from the Sapper's bridge

Braided Channel of the Afon Conwy - - 770969

Braided Channel of the Afon Conwy. Here the River shows signs of braiding, unusually 30km from the sea, these islands are usually temporary but however vegetation has colonised this one and it has become permanent. Taken on a field course at the local field centre.

Rail bridge at Betws-y-coed - - 1111225

Rail bridge at Betws-y-coed. River Llugwy passing below rail line from BYC to Llandudno. The Llugwy joins the River Conwy about 1/4 mile down stream.

Afon Llugwy, Betws-y-Coed - - 3283044

Afon Llugwy in spring.

Cafe with a difference - - 1432387

Cafe with a difference. Converted rail carriages now form a cafeteria in the sidings at Betws-y-coed Station.

Betws-y-coed, Pont-y-Pair Bridge - - 3606393

Waterfalls at Pont-y-Pair Bridge

The Rocks - - 1716617

The Rocks


GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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