January 17th, 2018
Following on from our blog yesterday about the history of Conwy Castle, why not try this lovely walk along the town walls and quayside and then to the summit of Conwy Mountain above.
Distance: Approx 7 miles
Difficulty: Moderate – good paths but some steep inclines
Start: Car park to west of castle on Llanrwst Road (Leave A55 at junction 18, then A546 and then A547 for Conwy Town Centre. At roundabout after bridge, turn left for parking)
Grid Ref: SH 782 774
Map: OS Explorer 17: Snowdon
1: From car park, head back towards roundabout at Castle Square. Cross road, follow path between shop and small gardens, heading towards marina.
2: At end path, turn left along quayside, passing Smallest House. At tarmac footpath fork right to follow path along edge of forest. At road turn left passing school.
3: Cross main road, then over green footbridge ahead to cross railway. Follow lane around edge of another wood and at another lane turn right.
4: Follow way-marker to footpath on right, cross stile and head uphill to woodland. Follow grassy tracks to top of Conwy Mountain, passing Castell Caer (stay with the highest path).
5: At Pen-Pyra, follow track sing-posted for North Wales Path; it should pass over left side of Alltwen and head down towards Sychnant Pass.
6: Cross road and follow footpath opposite, heading around woodland on left. Continue ahead, and after passing a lodge on left reach lane, turn right. Take next left at junction to reach Groesffordd. Cross road and go straight ahead downhill and passing post box and phone box. Follow windy road all the way to T junction, turn left here.
7: Soon, opposite cottage, take signposted footpath to right, crossing fields. At main road turn left, then soon right into caravan park.
8: Follow way-markers through park and over stiles. Cross tarmac track, then downhill slightly. Path climbs out of hollow to left along ridge, look for telephone mast ahead.
9: At road, turn left, then right, passing to right of mast and farm. At forest, turn left, continuing along narrow path through woods.
10: Look for stile on left; cross it and head down field to gate by road. Turn left for car park, or right for quayside, town centre and castle.
**Please note that these directions are for guidance only. The Oakeley Arms can accept no responsibility for any loss, damage or injury resulting from the use of this information. Always take a map with you and be prepared for the weather for turn. Do not venture out in bad weather and always take care with coastal tides.
Visiting Conwy Castle
Rose Hill Street, Conwy LL32 8LD. 01492 592 358
Conwy Castle is maintained by Cadw.
The castle is open to visitors from Monday to Sunday 09:30 to 17:00
There is a “pay and display” fee for the car park nearby.
If you are resident in Wales and aged 60 and over or 16 and under, you can apply for a pass that will entitle you to visit Cadw sites free of charge. See the Cadw website for details.