WALK DETAILS

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Exit the car park going right on the road. Shortly take a path left for ‘The Marina’. About half way down the marina, just before two bollards, go right on ‘The Welsh Coast Path’. Go left at a fork, continuing to go left at a road junction. Go right after a car park to cross a road bridge over the A55. Continue ahead to a road ‘T’ junction. Cross over continuing ahead. Go ahead when the road bends left. Go left up steps crossing a railway bridge. Once over go left exiting to a tarmac track. Continue to a junction and go right up ‘Mountain Road’. Rise on this continuing ahead as it gets rougher. When the surfaced track curves left to a cream coloured house go ahead through a gate. Take the uphill track staying ahead at all times. Higher up follow telegraph poles/wires continuing always on the main track and ignoring any others going off or joining. Follow the track to pass a pond left (watch for it – it’s beyond a gate). As the track dips down and curves left reach a track junction right by a marker post (you should have marshy ground left to confirm you are in the right spot).

2) Go right to follow ‘The North Wales Path’ (marked on the rear of the post) and continue on the good path to a junction by a post near a bench. Go Right continuing on ‘The North Wales Path’ and stay ahead at the next junction and marker post (you are now leaving ‘The North Wales Path’). Rise up the slopes of Conwy Mountain to stay left at the next junction and continue up rough steep ground. Continue to dip a little and then rise up and stay left at the next path junction. Rise steeply to stay ahead at the next junction. As the angle eases keep ahead on the edge path with a drop and view left. As you descend slightly to curve right join another path and go ahead on it. Stay ahead at the next junction following the good wide path. Rise, curve left and pass through rocks continuing to the hill fort on the summit of Conwy Mountain.

Points of interest on this section:

  • The Iron Age Hill Fort on the summit of Conwy Mountain also contains Neolithic hut circles. The fort is quite extensive and excavations (done in 1951) show it contained over 50 hut circles, levelled platform houses and had a citadel and outposts.

3) Head easterly down the ridge towards Conwy. Keep ahead on the descending path at all times descending over odd scrambly rocky sections. At a distinctive bump in the ridge go left around it heading towards a rock outcrop. Curve back right beyond the bump to re-join a path in a col. Go ahead leaving the ridge at a small marker post. Descend a path going ahead on a good path at a further marker post. Descend to cross a stile. Follow a track past cottages to re-join your outbound route. Go left on it and when your outbound route goes left leave it to stay ahead and curve right on Mountain Road going left at a ‘T’ junction. Follow the road curving right and then left near Bryn Celyn and a post box. Cross a bridge to a road junction.

Points of interest on this section:

  • As you descend the East Ridge of Conwy Mountain you will get great views of Conwy Castle. This was built by Edward 1st between 1283 and 1289 and is well worth a visit.

4) Go right to cross a road at a crossroads, pass through an arch and go left up steps to Conwy town walls. Go ahead on the walls taking care with children. Descend to a turret, cut back right descending steps to go left on a road through Conwy. Follow the road through the town to go left at a mini roundabout for ‘The Quay’. Descend through an arch curving left along the quayside. At the end pass through an arch rising beyond to a path junction.

Points of interest on this section:

  • Conwy Town walls date from the period the castle was constructed between 1283 and 1289. The whole project (the castle and the walls) cost £15,000 which was huge sum for the time.
  • As you pass along the harbour you will see what is believed to be the smallest house in Great Britain. It was last occupied in 1900 and inside you will find a bedroom, living area and basic cooking facilities. It’s well worth going in to appreciate just how small it really is.

5) Go right (‘The North Wales Path’) following the path alongside the estuary of The river Conwy. Curve left around an inlet continuing past a school and a bridge to go right on your outbound route when you reach a road. Follow this through houses and past Conwy Marina back to the car park.

Points of interest on this section:

  • The River Conwy rises on the moors high in Snowdonia National Park. It flows for 27 miles/43 Km before reaching the estuary at Conwy and discharging into the sea.
  • Conwy Marina opened in 1992 and has sheltered berths for 500 boats. It was created by excavations for the A55 tunnel which takes the road under the harbour near this point.

A WORD OF CAUTION

Walking in the outdoors can be a strenuous activity and it is up to you to ensure that you are fit and healthy enough to undertake the route described and to approach the venture with caution and care. You should wear appropriate footwear and suitable clothing, take along food and drink plus carry the relevant map and a compass and be able to use it. The details given here are believed to be correct at the time of going to press. However, neither North Wales Magazine nor the author can accept responsibility for inaccuracies encountered.

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