|Conwy Mountain||3 miles (5.2 km)||Enjoy fabulous views over Conwy Bay and the Welsh mountains on this climb to Conwy Mountain (Mynydd y Dref).|
You can follow a section of the North Wales Path from the town up into the hills. Starting at Conwy Suspension Bridge head north along the Conwy Estuary to Bodlondeb Woods. Follow the trail round the edge of the woods before turning south towards Cadnant Park. Trails then climb west to the mountain summit which stands at a height of 244 m (801 ft). Here you will find Neolithic Hut Circles and the Iron Age hillfort of Castell Caer Seion. There's also lots of pretty heather and magnificent views over the town to Great Orme and the mountains of the Snowdonia National Park.
There are a number of footpaths you can follow around the hill top. At the western end you will find the Sychnant Pass where the car park offers an alternative start point for exploring the area. View Full Details>>
|Llandudno to Conwy||8 miles (13.5 km)||This route takes you along a fine section of the North Wales Coast Path from Llandudno to Conwy. There's much to enjoy with a visit to the splendid Great Orme and a stretch along the beautiful Conwy Sands.|
The walk starts on the promenade in Llandudno, next to the impressive pier. You then follow the coast path round the wonderful limestone headland of Great Orme. On the western side of Llandudno you will come to Conwy Sands with its lovely dunes and views across Conwy Bay.
The path continues past the small town of Deganwy with its attractive Quay and the dark age fortress of Deganwy Castle. Just south of here you have the option of visiting the lovely Conwy RSPB reserve. It's slightly off the route but well worth a visit if you have time. The site includes grassland, scrubland, reedbeds, salt marsh and mudflats. You can look out for hundreds of bird species such as lapwing, little ringed plover, skylark and reed warbler.
This route crosses the Conwy Suspension Bridge over the River Conwy to take you into the town. Here you can visit the medieval Conwy Castle. It was built by Edward I, during his conquest of Wales, between 1283 and 1289. For a fee you can explore the fine structure and climb the battlements for breathtaking views across mountains and sea. View Full Details>>
|Fairy Glen Betws y Coed||1 miles (1 km)||Visit this delightful glen in Betws y Coed and enjoy little waterfalls, rapids and cascades in a wooded gorge on the River Conwy. You can pick up the Fairy Glen footpath from the A470 north of the falls. It is located just where the road crosses the river and runs for about half a mile through the glen. There are some steep steps to climb down so please take car when wet as they can be a bit slippery. The glen is a delightfully peaceful area with the rushing water surrounded by interesting vegetation and attractive woodland.|
If you enjoy this walk then you could head to the nearby Swallow Falls. These can be reached from Betws-y-Coed by following the Afon Llugwy to the falls. It's a lovely riverside walk, with woodland trails and a series of waterfalls to enjoy.
Just south of Fairy Glen you will find Conwy Falls. It's about a mile down the river and consists of a short circular trail through the Conwy Forest Park. This takes you to the River Conwy where you will find the lovely 50 ft waterfall. View Full Details>>
|Swallow Falls||2 miles (4 km)||This walk follows the Afon Llugwy from Betws-y-Coed to the beautiful Swallow Falls in the Snowdonia National Park. This is a popular riverside walk, passing along woodland trails with a series of waterfalls to enjoy. |
The walk starts in the delightful village of Betws-y-Coed in the Conwy valley. The area is popular with walkers as it is surrounded by some wonderful woodland trails, the Clogwyn Cyrrau Nature Reserve, the Llyn Elsi, and the rivers Conwy, Llugwy and Lledr. This walk takes you along the Llugwy passing the wooden Miner's Bridge and several smaller waterfalls before coming to Swallow Falls. The falls are charming and are best enjoyed after wet weather. You can enjoy refreshments at the nearby Swallow Falls Hotel.
If you enjoy this walk then you could head to the nearby Conwy Falls. Here you will find a short circular trail through the Conwy Forest Park. This takes you to the River Conwy where you will find the lovely 50 ft waterfall.
Also nearby is the delightful Fairy Glen where you can enjoy little waterfalls, rapids and cascades in a magical wooded gorge on the River Conwy. View Full Details>>
|Conwy Falls||1 miles (1 km)||Follow the circular Conwy Falls Walk through this beautiful wooded gorge near Betws-y-Coed. The walk starts from the car park and cafe located just off the A5 where it meets the B4406. You then pick up the trail through the woodland to the River Conwy where you will find the lovely falls. Here the river drops 50 feet (15 m) into a deep pool. It's a short, easy walk with a number of good viewpoints. You can refresh yourself in the good sized cafe after your walk. |
To extend your walk you can pick up a footpath along the river to Fairy Glen. Here you will find little waterfalls, rapids and cascades chanelled into a narrow ravine on the River Conwy. It's a delightful place and is only about a mile up river from Conwy Falls.
Also nearby are the wonderful Swallow Falls. These can be reached from Betws-y-Coed by following the Afon Llugwy to the falls. It's a lovely riverside walk, with woodland trails and a series of waterfalls to enjoy. View Full Details>>
|Llandudno||7 miles (11 km)||Enjoy wonderful coastal views on this circular walk around the popular North Wales town of Llandudno. The walk visits the wonderful limestone headland of Great Orme and the lovely Conwy Sands. It's a special part of the country with wonderful geology, archaeology and wildlife.|
Start the walk from Llandudno train station and head east towards the coast. Here you can enjoy a stroll along the promenade where you will pass the Grade II listed pier. The impressive 19th century structure is the longest pier in Wales at 2,295 feet (700 m).
You can then follow the coast path around the Great Orme headland with the option of exploring the myriad of trails within the country park. There's lots of pretty wildlflowers to see in the summer months. Also keep your eyes peeled for the Kashmiri goats grazing on the slopes of the headland.
On the western side of the town you can enjoy nice views over Conwy Bay and visit the sand dunes of Conwy Sands. View Full Details>>
|Bodnant Garden||2 miles (3 km)||These beautiful 80 acre gardens in Conwy have miles of footpaths, wonnderful floral displays and spectacular views across Snowdonia. In the park you will find formal gardens bounded by clipped box hedges, ornamental ponds , tranquil pools, fountains, formal herbaceous borders, an enclosed laburnum arch and many rose gardens. There is also a pretty Pin Mill located on the delightful canal terrace, a steep wooded valley with a stream, the Dell with the river Hiraethlyn flowing through and the delightful Italianate terraces.|
The gardens are located near Tal-y-Cafn on the River Conwy. View Full Details>>
|Great Orme Country Park||3 miles (4.5 km)||Explore this limestone headland in Llandudno and enjoy spectacular views of the North Wales coast. Waymarked trails take you around the park where there are views of Liverpool Bay and the Irish Sea, the Carneddau mountains, the Menai Strait and Anglesey. You can also climb to the summit of the park or catch the Great Orme Victorian Tramway and Cable Car to get there.|
The area is geologically significant with limestone and dolomite rock formations dating from between 339 and 326 million years old. It's also great for flora and fauna with lots of lovely wildlfowers such as pyramidal orchid, common rockrose and wild thyme carpeting the grassland. Also look out for the Kashmiri goats grazing on the slopes of the headland. The 200 strong herd, has roamed the Orme since the middle of the 19th century. They're descended from a pair of goats that were presented by the Shah of Persia to Queen Victoria shortly after her coronation in 1837. View Full Details>>
|Alwen Trail||7 miles (12 km)||This is a circular cycling and walking trail around the delightful Alwen Reservoir in Conwy, North Wales.
You will pass through forest plantations and up onto Mynydd Hiraethog where there are splendid views of the surrounding area.|
The route is decorated with six interpretation panels with information about local history, culture and folklore. Wildlife lovers should look out for curlew, the rare Black Grouse and Red Squirrels.
The route is well way-marked with blue posts.
To continue your reservoir walking in the area, just head east to the larger Llyn Brenig. You can follow an excellent circular trail around the water with more great views, woodland trails and the lovely heather moorland of the Denbigh Moors. View Full Details>>
|Llyn Elsi||3 miles (5 km)||This walk visits the lovely Llyn Elsi from the village of Betws-y-Coed in the Snowdonia National Park. It's about a 1 mile walk from the village to the lake where you can pick up a circular trail around the water. Start the walk from just behind St. Mary's church then steadily climb through the woodland to the peaceful lake.|
Llyn Elsi is surrounded by attractive woodland where you can extend your walk on a number of trails. It sits in an elevated position of about 800ft so there are lovely views towards the Carneddau range, the Glyderau range and Moel Siabod.
To continue your walking in the area you can visit the splendid Fairy Glen where you'll find little waterfalls, rapids and cascades in a wooded gorge on the River Conwy. Near here there's also other lovely walks to Conwy Falls and Swallow Falls.
The reservoir is located in the Gwydyr Forest area of the national park. You can find a series of other beautiful reservoirs here with more lovely walking trails. View Full Details>>
|North Wales Path||60 miles (96 km)||Explore hills, valleys, mountains and the beautiful coast on this stunning walk through North Wales. The walk starts at Bangor (Gwynedd) in the west and heads to Prestatyn (Denbighshire) in the east. |
The first section runs between the seaside towns of Bangor and Conwy passing through the Carneddau mountain range in the Snowdonia National Park on the way. You will also pass the 120 ft Aber Falls in the foothills of the Carneddau range before coming to Conwy Mountain. The mountain overlooks the sea of Conwy Bay and is topped by Neolithic hut circles and the hillfort of Castell Caer Seion.
The next section runs along the coast from Conwy to Colwyn Bay via Llandudno. There are fabulous views of Conwy Sands, Ormes Bay and Penrhyn Bay as you follow this beautiful section of coastline.
Also of interest is Llandudno Pier in the seaside resort of Llandudno. At 2,295 ft the pier is the longest in Wales. Near the town you will also pass the wonderful limestone headlands of Great Orme and Little Orme. There's more splendid views and lots of sea birds to look out for here.
The final section runs from Colwyn Bay to Prestatyn. There are more lovely, long coastal sections as you pass Abergele before arriving at the popular seaside town of Rhyl. You then head inland to Dyserth before finishing at Prestatyn.
The walk is waymarked with a green and black disc. View Full Details>>
|Fairy Falls Trefriw||1 miles (2 km)||Visit these pretty falls in Trefriw and enjoy a stroll along the rushing water of the River Crafnant. From the parking area follow the trails along the river behind the mills to the falls. There's little bridges which make nice viewpoints down to the falls.|
After exploring the falls you can enjoy a riverside walk along the Crafnant to the point where it joins the River Conwy, just north of the village.
The Fairy Falls hotel is a great place for refreshments after your walk.
To extend your walking in the area head south west and visit the beautiful Llyn Geirionydd and Llyn Crafnant. There's two lovely circular trails to try here with wonderful views of the Carneddau mountains. View Full Details>>