GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Llanrwst Walks

6 miles (9 km)

This attractive market town is located in an ideal spot in the Snowdonia National Park. There's nice trails along the River Conwy, a nearby forest and several beautiful lakes to visit in the area. It's also the home of the wonderful Gwydir Estate which includes a historic castle, an ancient chapel and an expansive forest.
This circular walk from the town visits some of the highlights of the area including the River Conwy, Llanrwst Stone Circle, Gwydir Castle, Gwydir Forest, Llyn Parc and the Grey Mare's Tail Waterfall.
The route starts on the impressive three arched bridge on the river in the town centre. It is thought to be the work of renowned architect Inigo Jones. From here you can follow a riverside path south to the Gorsedd Stone Circle. The stones were created as part of the 1951 Eisteddfod. This annual event involves eight days of competitions and performances which are considered the largest music and poetry festival in Europe. Near here you will also pass Gwydir Castle. This fortifiedmanor housedates back to c1500 and includes some beautiful gardens. In the Grade I listed gardens you'll find some ancientcedars, one of which was planted in 1625 to commemorate the wedding of King Charles I to QueenHenrietta Maria.There's also a giant yew tree which is thought to be 600-1000 years old.
After passing the castle you continue south along the river before entering Gwydir Forest. Follow the footpaths south through the elevated forest and you will come to Llyn Parc, one of many lakes in the forest. Follow trails north along the lake and then through more woodland and you will come to the Grey Mare's Tail Waterfall. It's a secluded spot with the picturesque falls surrounded bythe remains of mill buildings and a nature reserve.
From the waterfall you head west to visit the Gwydir Uchaf Chapel. The chapel was built in 1673 by Sir Richard Wynn as a family memorial chapel for the Wynns of Gwydir.There is a fine interior with a beautifully painted ceiling.From here you return to the river which you can follow back into the town.

Llanrwst OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Llanrwst Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Pubs/Cafes

The Eagles Hotel is a good choice for some post walk refreshments. The 18th century hotel is located in a lovely spot close to the river in the town centre. You can sit outside in the garden area and enjoy nice views over the water. They do good quality home cooked food and also provide accommodation if you need to stay over.

Dog Walking

The river and forest trails make for a fine dog walk. The Eagles Hotel mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Head south and you can explore the southern end of the Gwydyr Forest and try the Betws Y Coed River Walk.
Head a few miles west of the town and there are two beautiful lakes to visit in the shape of Llyn Crafnant and Llyn Geirionydd. Both have lovely waterside walking trails with wonderful views of the Snowdonia Mountains. Near the lakes you'll also find the delightful Fairy Falls at Trefriw. It's another highlight of the area with picturesque rushing falls on the River Crafnant.
Head north from the town and you could pick up the Dolgarrog Pipeline Walk. This explores the area around the little village, visiting the impressive pipeline structure and the Coedty reservoir.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Snowdonia Walks page.

Photos

Riverside path and islet on River Conwy at Llanrwst - geograph.org.uk - 1492051

Riverside path and islet on River Conwy at Llanrwst. On the River Conwy south of Pont Fawr.

Stone Circle at Llanrwst - geograph.org.uk - 1484986

Stone Circle at Llanrwst. This circle was built in 1951 to commemorate the Eisteddfod in the town that year. It consists of 14 large stones, twelve in the circle and two outliers to the NE at about 6 feet (1.8 metres) high.

Gwydir Castle

Gwydir Castle. Regarded as one of the finest Tudor houses in Wales, the castle was formerly the ancestral home of the powerful Wynn family. Look out for the peacocks in the lovely gardens.

The Grey Mares Tail waterfall - geograph.org.uk - 119075

The Grey Mares tail waterfall near to Gwydir Castle in the Conwy valley. The name 'Grey Mare's Tail' was given to it by Lady Willoughby of Gwydir Castle, possibly "in compliment to Lord Byron and the Staubbach"

Gwydir Uchaf Chapel - geograph.org.uk - 110477

Gwydir Uchaf Chapel. Gwydir Uchaf Chapel was erected in 1673 by Sir Richard Wynn as the private chapel of his nearby house

Llyn y Parc - geograph.org.uk - 205494

Llyn y Parc. Taken from the Northwest end of the lake.

Path through Gwydyr Forest - geograph.org.uk - 1375187

Path through Gwydyr Forest. On the waymarked route to the north of Llyn y Parc.

Afon Conwy from Pen y Bont Fawr - geograph.org.uk - 831726

Afon Conwy from Pen y Bont Fawr

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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