Conwy River Walk

August 31st, 2018

Earlier this week on the Oakeley blog we featured an adventure day out of Gorge Walking in Snowdonia, but if your ideal type of day out is something a little more laid back, then here’s a fabulous river walk near Conwy, at the northern edge of Snowdonia.

Where:              Dolgarrog, Conwy

Distance:          Approx 3 miles

Difficulty:          Moderate

Start:                Dolgarrog Railway halt (park on-road close to railway station, just off the A470 between Conwy and Llanrwst, just opposite entrance to Plas Maenan Hotel). Postcode for sat nav is LL26 0YR (approx).

Grid Ref:           SH 783 669

Maps:               OS Explorer 17: Snowdon/Yr Wyddfa


1: Walk away from main road towards station, cross tracks when safe to do so and leave the station by far white gate. Follow track to reach bridge over river, cross it then through gate and turn left to stile.

2: Cross stile and aim for river bank. Over another stile on right then bear right for a wide track with Afon Ddu to left. Continue along the embankment to eventually reach small car park and bridge at Pont Dolgarrog.

3: Cross the main road and follow steep concrete drive uphill as it zig-zags sharply until you reach the old water treatment works. Ignore way-markers on left by buildings, pass treatment work buildings and cross stile to continue along short section of concrete, passing more way-markers on left.

4: At end of concrete, bear slightly left to follow farm track and aim for fence-line to reach gate, with the old enclosure of Tai Isaf Ardda ahead. Walk straight across field towards enclosure and stile. Over stile and descend towards large rocks then bearing left and over another stile.

5: Follow clear path to pass small pumping station and follow way-markers for a track above the treatment works. Pass building, aiming for large boulder and follow path behind it into trees and over stile.

6: Continue along the path as it twists and turns through woodland towards river (taking a de-tour to the viewing point by the enormous pine tree to see the waterfall, although it can be exposed to take care!). Follow the path now as it veers away from the river to reach buildings and onto the concrete track again.

7: Follow this down to road by bridge and car park, turning left for short distance to reach pub. Just beyond bus stop and speed signs, turn right through gate at footpath sign and follow track that leads all the way back to the station.

Did you know???

1: Legend has it that the village of Dolgarrog is named after a mythical dragon called Carrog.

2: Dolgarrog is perhaps best known for the tragic dam disaster of 1925 when the Eigiau and Coedty Dams above the village broke. The floodwater killed 16 people.

**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. The information quoted is correct at the time of writing. Always take a map with you and be prepared for the weather for turn. Do not venture out in bad weather.