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Two woods at Bryn Pydew

A leisurely walk (woodland) in Clwyd, Wales, about 7.81km (4.85 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 2:45h. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Gain 135m (442ft)
Loss 141m (462ft)
Max. Elevation 110m (360ft)
Elevation (total) 276m (904ft)
Start & End
Mochdre
Distance 7.81km
(4.85mi)
Duration ~2:45
Difficulty  
Leisurely
Ordnance Survey Map
1Created by driver 16 on 14 Oct 2012
A walk through the historic Marl Hall Woods and Coed (wood) Bron Garth (Coed Cadw). I went with the representatives of the Woodland Trust, passing through the National Trust grounds at Bodysgallen Hall, with spectacular views across the Conway Valley to Snowdonia and beautifull, sometimes rare woodland scenery. The Woodland Trust are working to improve the experience with seats and sculptered rock figures in the form of animals, with a map following these sculptures. I would suggest the walk is suitable for families with children aged over about 7 with supervision. I started this walk from Mochdre but Bryn Pydew can be reached from Penrhyn Bay, Llandudno and Llandudno Junction.   

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Waypoints

OS Grid SH826786
Head down Station Road past the childrens' play area and school to the railway bridge, waypoint 2.
Road junction About 0.57 km (~0.35 miles) from
OS Grid SH820787
Turn right, follow the road past St. Cystennin's Church and past the entrance to Llancystennin Hall to a turning circle, waypoint 3.
Turning circle About 1.20 km (~0.75 miles) from
OS Grid SH822799
Turn left uphill, past Colwyn Bay Rugby Ground (entrance off Dinerth Road in Llanrhos). There are views over to Bryn Euryn and the Little Orme. On to waypoint 4.
Y-junction after private road About 1.99 km (~1.24 miles) from
OS Grid SH804792
Turn right and then left down the path through the wood to waypoint 5.
Entrance to meadow About 0.14 km (~0.09 miles) from
OS Grid SH803791
Cross the meadow to waypoint 6.
Stile at end of meadow About 0.29 km (~0.18 miles) from
OS Grid SH800790
This is the entrance to Marl Woods. Turn right down the stone steps by the side of the stone wall to see a spring at the bottom, waypoint 7.
Spring About 0.20 km (~0.12 miles) from
OS Grid SH798790
Turn left, and follow the path by the railings at the rear of Marl Hall outdoor adventure centre for a short distance. Turn left uphill to return to waypoint 6 (now waypoint 8).
Back at waypoint 6 About 0.16 km (~0.1 miles) from
OS Grid SH800790
Don't cross the stile, but look for the steps to the right and climb them to reach waypoint 9.
Viewing point over Conway Valley About 0.13 km (~0.08 miles) from
OS Grid SH801789
From here you can see Conway, Conway Mountain, Penmaenmawr, Anglesey and up the valley towards Snowdonia. Exit left and pass waypoint 5 on the way to waypoint 10.
Rear of Bodysgallen Hall About 0.54 km (~0.34 miles) from
OS Grid SH803794
Turn right to cross a field to the stile. Climb and follow the path, alongside woods on the right and fields on the left, to pass through houses at the end to waypoint 11.
Back at road through village About 0.73 km (~0.45 miles) from
OS Grid SH811794
Turn left and stay on the road to pass the Village Hall on the way to Tan-y-Bryn caravan park, waypoint 12.
Tan-y-Bryn caravan park About 0.65 km (~0.4 miles) from
OS Grid SH817796
Go straight up the entrance road, straight through between vans and buildings to a gate into open fields. Climb steeply uphill, admiring the views over towards Rhyl. Drop steeply to the stile into Coed Cadw, waypoint 13.
Stile into Cadw Coed About 0.23 km (~0.14 miles) from
OS Grid SH818794
Follow the path to waypoint 14.
New gate on left About 0.30 km (~0.19 miles) from
OS Grid SH819791
Take the path down and turn right to pass a church on the road the walk started on earlier.
End of the walk About 0.68 km (~0.42 miles) from
OS Grid SH825787
A good day out for all I hope. Then back on the bus in either direction.

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