GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Deganwy Castle

2 miles (2.5 km)

This walk visits the historic Deganwy Castle in the town of Deganwy, Conwy. The town is a lovely place for a walk with a south facing beach, contemporary marina and attractive quay. There's alsolots of wildlife to see in the adjacent Conwy Estuary and an excellent viewpoint from the ruined castle on this walk.
You can start the walk from the town's train station and then follow footpaths a short distance up to the site. Here you will find the atmospheric castle ruins perched at a height of 110m (361ft)above the town. The original fortress dates from the early middle ages and was later rebuilt in stone for KingHenry III during the 13th century. The castle was subsequentlydestroyedbyLlywelyn ap Gruffudd,Prince of Walesin 1263. From the site there are splendid views down to the mouth of the River Conwy from the elevated spot. You can then follow a circular footpath around the hill before returning to the train station. Here you could extend the walk by picking up the North Wales Path and following it north along the beach at Traeth Melyn to the North Wales Golf Club.

Postcode

LL31 9PJ - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Deganwy Castle OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Deganwy Castle Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

If you cross the river you could visit Conwy Castle and enjoy a climb to Conwy Mountain for more history and great views.
Just to the north is the popular coastal town of Llandudno where you can visit the wonderful Great Orme Country Park and Little Orme. The two beautiful headlands are major walking highlights of the area.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Snowdonia Walks page.

Photos

The River Conwy from Deganwy Castle hill - geograph.org.uk - 350525

The River Conwy from Deganwy Castle hill

Ruins of Deganwy Castle - geograph.org.uk - 1587432

Ruins of the castle looking towards Conwy.

Castell Deganwy Castle - geograph.org.uk - 221851

Castell Deganwy viewed from below. The ruined walls of Deganwy Castle surmount a crag of Ordovician rhyolitic tuff. The original castle was of wood, but it was destroyed by the Welsh lest it fall to the English. The present walls are what remains of reconstruction by Henry III from 1245, although it was again destroyed by the Welsh in 1283.

Lunchtime walk - geograph.org.uk - 1830524

Lunchtime walk with the dogs.

Deganwy Castle Hotel - geograph.org.uk - 616447

Deganwy Castle Hotel. A 17th Century listed building that was originally an old farmhouse with oak beams has now become a hotel, overlooking the Conwy estuary at Deganwy. There are view over to Snowdonia and Conwy Castle.

Fatw, Ruin near Deganwy - geograph.org.uk - 238132

Fatw, Ruin near Deganwy. Incredibly, this rectangle of stones perched on the Faerdre is the remnant of a house called Fatw. In the 1881 census this was home to a shepherd, his wife, one farm-labourer son and three younger children. The exposed location seems barely habitable, but the views over the Conwy Morfa are tremendous, and he would be close to his flock.

The Vardre, Deganwy - geograph.org.uk - 238131

The Vardre. Deganwy Castle was built across these two hills, but the remains of walls are not visible at this range. The quarried outcrop on the leftmost hill is a 20th century feature, where stone for local walling was obtained. Sheep grazing has apparently always been important here (see Fatw, which is behind the camera).

Deganwy Railway Station - geograph.org.uk - 294972

Deganwy Railway Station is built on a sea wall between the Conwy Estuary and the main village road. Until the mid 1990's there was a station-master's house on the platform, but it was demolished due to structural failure. In the photograph, track is being relaid on a new base of ballast from Penmaenmawr Quarry.

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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