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the hairy legged hiker walking in WalesWhere is it? The walk starts close to the marina behind the medieval walled town of Conwy. Crossing Conwy Mountain to Dwygyfylchi and returning via the beach at Penmaenmawr, Conwy Golf Course and Conwy Morfa .
How long will it take ? : 7.6 miles. Approximately 4 hr.
What's the attraction? : Views of Creuddyn Peninsula, Vardre, Conwy Castle and estuary, remains of an ancient hill fort, pleasant grassy tracks, beach walk.
Essentials : Stout footwear required. Hill paths, some steep, some muddy. Carry hill-walking gear; take OS map and compass. Check the tide times for the return walk from Penmaenmawr beach. Should it be high tide then return around the Penmaenbach headland using the footpath that runs alongside the busy A55 expressway.
Rating : Medium
Car Parking : Park the car in the cul-de-sac opposite Aberconwy School or alternatively park in the car park at the Conwy Marina, next to the Mulberry Pub. Click below for location of the cul-de-sac..
Facilities : Refreshments and meals available at the Mulberry Pub / Restaurant at Conwy Marina.


Directions :   [ Map of Conwy Mountain Walk location ]
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Lets Go !

First views of Conwy Castle through the treesExit the cul-de-sac and turn right along the school road. Cross the footbridge that passes over both the road and the  North Wales railway line. Continue along the path, which becomes a walled lane, to a T-junction. Bear right following the North Wales Path sign (NWP). In 100 yards bear right at another NWP sign and cross the ladder stile. Climb the wooded hillside up to Conwy Mountain. Take time to look back towards Conwy for unusual views of Conwy Castle and estuary. In 400 yards, at a flat boulder, the waymark arrow points ahead but bear right off NWP for 20 yards, then left on the green track climbing the spine of Conwy Mountain. In 200 yards, by a sloping rock face, bear right up grassy path. In 500 yards fork right up slope towards the rocky crag. The path skirts the seaward side of the crag and in 150 yards bear left up to the ridge. Bear right along the ridge to the Castell Caer Seion hill fort at the summit. There is an information board about the ancient hill fort at the summit, but I was a bit disappointed with the ruins. However when considering their age......

Continue on the path to descend (keeping sharp crag on your left after 100 yards). Several tracks converge in the high fields of Pen-pyra. Having previously only viewed the hill from the coast road I imagined Conwy Mountain to be a barren place with rock strewn paths but the verdant pasture land and grassy tracks were a pleasant surprise.

Follow the path until a fork and bear to the right. Our track takes us on the seaward side of Alltwen and The pleasant grassy track on Conwy Mountainheads toward the farmstead. The path cuts between the farmstead and a small lake or pond. Follow the narrowing track through the overgrown heather and bracken heading toward the pine forest on the brow of the hill. The track widens out and descends the hill toward the seaside. This section could be tricky after rain as it is quite steep. Cross the ladder stile at the bottom of the hill and continue through the woodland. The village of Capelulo can be seen across the valley as you exit the trees. Follow the track down to the village of Dwygyfylchi. Bear right along the lane after crossing the stream. Follow the lane, with the Penmaenmawr Golf Course on your left, to the church of St Gwynan in the village.

At the crossroads by the church bear to the left and cross the road. Look for the bridle way sign and bear right following the narrow path between the houses. Cross the road and railway via the footbridge. Beware here as the local residents of Penmaenmawr and Dwygyfylchi use the bridge as a dog toilet. A few prosecutions would not go amiss!

At this point, Penmaenmawr beach, you need to decide whether you have judged your trip to coincide with the correct tide times. If the tide is in you will have to follow the A55 back to Conwy. (Follow the A55 road round the headland until the slip road at the junction with the A547, approx. 4km. Bear left at the top of the slip road and follow the A547 to the Conwy Marina. Bear right at the Marina for the school.)

Foreshortened view of Conwy Castle from Conwy MountainIf the tide is out then walk round the Penmaen-bach point on the wide sandy beach. If there is a stiff westerly wind blowing you will understand where all the Llandudno West Shore and Conwy Morfa sand dunes come from!

On turning around the headland there are grand views of the Great Orme and Llandudno on the Creuddyn Peninsula. Across the river above the village of Deganwy is the huge rock outcrop known as the Vardre once the site of the fortress of Maelgwn (Maelgwyn) King of Gwynedd and the most powerful of the five Kings of Britain in the 6th Century.

After approximately 4 km exit the sands and cut through the sand dunes on Conwy Morfa. There is a right of way skirting the Conwy Golf Course, follow this round the shoreline at the mouth of the Afon Conwy until you reach the Conwy Marina. Close to the Marina you will find a memorial to the builders of the Mulberry Harbours (including my late uncle Jack Pragnell). The Mulberry Harbours were Winston Churchill's secret weapon in the second world war fight to invade Normandy and regain Europe from Nazi Germany.

Bear right and skirt the marina dock exiting the marina complex at the south east corner, close to The Mulberry Pub, restaurant and car park. If you left the car near Aberconwy school follow the road south for a few hundred yards to return to the school and your car.

Buy the Ordnance Survey Map:
Outdoor Leisure OL17 (1:25,000) or the Landranger Sheet 115 (1:50,000)

Please -- click on the pictures -- for enlarged pictures of the walk on Conwy Mountain, North Wales, UK.© All pictures copyright Bernard Wellings

Looking back to the medieval walled town of Conwy The Great Orme and the creuddyn peninsula
Looking back to the medieval walled town of Conwy and the Conwy estuary
 
Looking toward Llandudno, the Great Orme and the Creuddyn Peninsula
Looking toward the summit of Conwy Mountain   View toward the Conwy marina and Deganwy
Looking toward the summit of Conwy Mountain. A soft grassy track that's not too steep
 
View toward Deganwy showing Conwy Marina in the foreground
Deganwy marina and the Conwy River Deganwy Vardre and Conwy Marina
Deganwy marina and the Conwy River
 
Deganwy Vardre and Conwy Marina
Conwy town with the RSPB nature reserve in the background   Sheep drop ?
Conwy town with the RSPB nature reserve in the background
 
Beware the Sheep drop ? or Steep Drop ?.
Take the path to the right of the rock face The way forward viewed from the summit of Conwy Mountain
Take the path to the right of the rock face
 
The way forward viewed from the summit of Conwy Mountain
The remains of Castell Caer Seion the pre Roman Hill Fort   Information board for Castell Caer Hill Fort
The remains of Castell Caer Seion the pre Roman Hill Fort on Conwy Mountain
 
Information board for Castell Caer Hill Fort
Heading toward Alltwen. Our walk bears to the right toward the farm buildings The trail skirts the right hand side of  pond
Heading toward Alltwen. Our walk bears to the right of Alltwen toward the farm buildings
 
The trail passes between the pond and the farmstead
The path narrows as it cuts through the heather   The path heads down the hill alongside the Pine Trees
The path narrows as it cuts through the heather
 
The path heads down the hill alongside the Pine Trees
Cross the ladder stile into the trees Follow the trail through the trees
Cross the ladder stile into the trees
 
Follow the trail through the trees
Coming out of the trees we see the village of Capelulo below the Sychnant Pass   Take the lane alongside the stream into Dwygyfylchi
Coming out of the trees we see the village of Capelulo below the Sychnant Pass
 
After crossing the stream bear right  down the lane into Dwygyfylchi
We pass the Penmaenmawr Golf Course St Gwynan's Church Dwygyfylchi
We pass the Penmaenmawr Golf Course on the left
 
St Gwynan's Church Dwygyfylchi
On to the beach at Penmaenmawr where we pass the huge rock of  Penmaen bach headland   We leave Penmaenmawr Beach with fantastic views of the Great Orme
On to the beach at Penmaenmawr where we have to pass the huge rock of Penmaen bach headland
 
We leave Penmaenmawr Beach with fantastic views of the Great Orme
On through Conwy Golf Course to Conwy River Close to Conwy Marina we pass this memorial plaque to the builders of the wartime Mulberry Harbours used in the Normandy Invasion
On through Conwy Golf Course toward the Conwy River
 
Close to Conwy Marina we pass this memorial plaque to the wartime builders of the Mulberry Harbours used in the Normandy Invasion
 

 

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