4.7 of 5 (6 votes)

Llandudno-Conway RSPB reserve

A leisurely walk (riverside) starting and finishing in Clwyd, Wales, about 7.20km (4.47 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 2:00h. It is suitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 27m (88ft)
Descent 14m (45ft)
Max. Elevation 10m (32ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 41m (133ft)
West shore bus stop
Conwy, Gwynedd, Wales
Distance 7.20km
Duration ~2:00h
Ordnance Survey Map
1Created by driver 16 on 07 Oct 2012
An easy walk on the cycle path at the side of the River Conway Estuary; 99.99 per cent on level ground, both on the cycle path and in the reserve. 0.01 per cent over a new railway bridge, but no steps and a very gradual gradient, so it should be no trouble for pushchairs or wheelchairs. There are views over the river, which is tidal, to the Carneddau range of mountains and Snowdonia.   Please note: no dogs are allowed in the reserve.

Walk Functions


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Walk Map

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OS Grid SH771820
Go towards the sea through the children's play area, turn left onto the promenade, then straight on and through the car park by a cafe to join the cycle path, waypoint 2.
OS Grid SH773813
Very straightforward now. If it has been very windy, you may find sand blown onto the path. Don't be put off, it is only for a few hundred yards by the dunes. You will pass one of the golf courses, North Wales, on your left on the way to Deganwy, waypoint 3.
About 0.73 km (~0.45 miles) from
OS Grid SH774799
Views out to sea towards the Great Orme and Anglesey, and views over the river towards Conway golf course, Penmaenmawr and Conway Marina. On to waypoint 4.
About 1.34 km (~0.83 miles) from
OS Grid SH776791
If you wanted to shorten the walk a little, get a bus or train to here. From the main road or station, take the level crossing and turn left onto the cycle path, and onto waypoint 5.
About 0.83 km (~0.52 miles) from
OS Grid SH781789
Find the entrance to the Quay, then straight on, seeing the marina on your right. Views over the river to Conway Mountain, Conway, the castle, Telford's Suspension Bridge and the Tubular Rail Tunnel. Follow the path to waypoint 6.
About 0.57 km (~0.35 miles) from
OS Grid SH788778
Look left to see a tunnel leading to the new railway bridge. No steps, gradual gradient - it should be no trouble for pushchairs or wheelchairs. There are fine views from here of the castle and the three river crossings: by the tunnel, and the suspension and road bridges. On to waypoint 7.
About 1.22 km (~0.76 miles) from
OS Grid SH794773
Turn left into the car park and right to the reserve entrance, with a shop and cafe. The reserve was built from the mud excavated from the building of the Conway tunnel, which carries the A55. Every Saturday from 11-13.00, there are guided tours. Binoculars can be hired for a small charge, and you get a free trail guide. Note - no dogs allowed in the reserve. Guides point out the bird species, which vary depending on the season. We saw 38 species. There are 4 hides on the reserve so even if the weather is inclement, there is shelter. Again fine views of the Carneddau range over to Snowdonia. Back to the cafe for refreshments, this will still leave time to visit Conway town. retrace your steps back to waypoint 6, then turn left for short walk over Cob to the quayside and town, waypoint 8.
About 0.78 km (~0.48 miles) from
OS Grid SH781774
Finish up in Conwy town - well worth exploring - before taking the bus or train home.
About 1.36 km (~0.85 miles) from

3 comments... join the discussion!

08 Oct 2012
Llandudno-Conway RSPB

ITMA !!!!! 2nd. correction to what should now be waypoint 7 if you got my 1st. correction, did want to stress NO DOGS allowed in reserve, just in case somebody took theirs not realising, sorry again.

08 Oct 2012
Llandudno-Conway RSPB

My fault I think, free trail guide is a pamphlet with the addmission charge, the human guides walking with parties point out things of interest and the bird species, sorry.

Peter Roberts
08 Oct 2012
Llandudno-Conway RSPB

Waypoint 1 duplicated affecting following waypoints, should be reduced by 1 each time and I did put a waypoint 8 on Conway town itself for exploring and buses run back to Llandudno from there.

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