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the hairy legged hiker walking in WalesWhere is it? Betws y Coed in the beautiful Conwy Valley where the Afon (River) Conwy meets the Afon Llugwy.
How long will it take ? : The short walk can be completed in less than half an hour. The longer circular walk isless than. 2 miles (3.km). You could walk it in an hour but allow time to enjoy the beautiful scenery.
What's the attraction? : Glorious riverside walk with a nice new wooden walkway that opens up part of the walk for wheelchair users.
Essentials : Good walking boots would help on the muddy stretches.
Rating : Easy. Suitable for all the family.
Car Parking : Parking is available at the Pont y Pair Car Park. (Pay and Display)
Facilities : Toilets are available at the Car Park. Fish and Chips are available to eat in or take away at the Pont y Pair chip shop.

Directions :  [ Map of Betws y Coed Llugwy River walk location  ]
rom the A55 on the north Wales coast, take junction 19 to the A470 south to Betws-y-Coed.
If travelling from the south take the A5 to Betws y Coed. On entering Betws y Coed continue along the A5 as far as Pont-y-Pair Bridge (the bridge opposite the Pont y Pair Pub). Turn right and cross the bridge , the Car park is on your left.
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Most of the walks on this website are quite short, where you can park the car or leave the train and, Start of the Afon Llugwy riverside walk in Betws y Coedweather permitting, you can spend a few hours walking in Wales without needing to worry about taking whistles, emergency food supplies or getting lost on the mountains.

But this walk is ridiculously short even by my standards! The short option can be completed in less than half an hour.
So why do I include it?
Well firstly I have some nice pictures which I wish to share, and secondly it's a lovely little walk which you can do if you are just stopping in Betws for a bit of shopping or for a snack in a Cafe and have a spare half hour or so. Oh, and last but not least the council have built a new walkway that is both walker and wheelchair friendly.
Lets Go.
The walk starts from the Car Park next to Pont y Pair Bridge. Exit the car park, cross over the road to the picnic area next to the falls. You may wish to stop a while to view the fantastic display of the Afon Llugwy tumbling over the falls.
Follow the path up river heading through the trees. After a hundred yards or so the path splits in two and you have the option to take the new wooden walkway or to scramble alongside the Afon Llugwy. There are a number of benches and tables along the way so it's a great place for a picnic, and should you be visiting on a sunny afternoon in late September or October you will be rewarded with beautiful scenes of dappled sunlight shining through the multi coloured autumn leaves.

The short walk finishes at the wooden ladder stile from where you can retrace your steps alongside the river, or, depending on how much time you have or on how energetic you feel, you may continue over the stile and through the open meadowland as far as the Miner's Bridge that crosses the Afon Llugwy.

On crossing the river turn left and it is approximately a one mile walk back along side the A5 to Pont y Pair and the Car Park.

Buy the Ordnance Survey Map:
Outdoor Leisure OL17 (1:25,000)

Please -- click on the pictures -- for enlarged pictures of the Llugwy riverside walk in Betws-y-Coed, Llugwy Valley, north Wales, UK.

Overhanging trees on the Afon Llugwy The riverside path in Betws y Coed
Overhanging trees on the Afon Llugwy
The riverside path in Betws y Coed
The open meadow land alongside the Afon Llugwy  
The open meadow-land leading to Miner's Bridge along side the Afon Llugwy

© All pictures copyright Bernard Wellings


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