3.5 of 5 (4 votes)

History in the hills of Conwy

A moderate walk (low hills and fells (below 600m)) in national park Snowdonia starting and finishing in Clwyd, Wales, about 12.30km (7.64 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 5:00h. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 534m (1751ft)
Descent 527m (1729ft)
Max. Elevation 420m (1377ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 1061m (3480ft)
Distance 12.30km
Duration ~5:00h
Car Free Walks TeamCreated by Timwoods on 17 Oct 2008
Most car-free walkers heading to Snowdonia change at Llandudno Junction and go straight for the famous peaks of Snowdon, Tryfan and their chums. But it's worth taking a day to explore the hills between Llanfairfechan and Conwy. Smaller than their southern cousins they may be, but nothing beats a hill walk with a sea view. This walk starts and finishes at stations on the line between Llandudno and Bangor. They are request stops, so make sure you tell the guard where you are getting off.

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OS Grid SH677752
From the station, head into the town centre. At the crossroads, cross over and walk up Village Road. The road turns right; cross the bridge and head into Bryn Road. Keep heading uphill until the town becomes countryside.
OS Grid SH699749
Take the footpath that leads to the Penmaen Mawr quarry - one of the few still in use in this part of Wales. It mainly produces aggregate for road building and railways.
About 2.13 km (~1.32 miles) from
OS Grid SH709747
This section passes some of the history of the region - the Neolithic stone circles and hut circles. There are some fantastic examples still standing, which you will pass along the route to Ffridd Wanc, including the site of a Neolithic axe factory on Graiglwyd hill.
About 1.02 km (~0.63 miles) from
OS Grid SH732752
The route joins the North Wales path for a short section. Just past Craig Hafodwen, take the footpath to Foel Lus.
About 2.35 km (~1.46 miles) from
OS Grid SH732762
The summit of this hill has great views of the North Wales coastline and out to Conwy Bay. Mmm, lovely fresh air! Drop down towards the sea and join the path heading towards Capelulo.
About 1.06 km (~0.66 miles) from
OS Grid SH744766
Drop into the village, then take the footpath past the woods towards Alltwen. Follow round the southern side of the hill until you find the path heading up to the top. Lots of ups and downs today! Head back down the way you came to rejoin the North Wales Path.
About 1.16 km (~0.72 miles) from
OS Grid SH759777
The path leads to Mynydd Dref, also known as Conwy Mountain, but it's polite to use the local names, don't you agree? This is the hill you can see from Llandudno Junction as you look west along the platforms.
About 1.95 km (~1.21 miles) from
OS Grid SH781775
The path from Mynydd Dref heads straight into Conwy. The station is near the town centre, and there are bus services from here too. If you have time, head to the Afon Conwy estuary for a look at Conwy Castle.
About 2.24 km (~1.39 miles) from

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