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Part two of Llanrwst to "Grey mare's tail waterfall"
Directions : [ Map
of Llanrwst to Llanrhychwyn Walk location ]
After visiting Llanrhychwyn
Church we return
to Llanrhychwyn Village and we continue the walk by following the sign
(downhill) to Llanrwst. The road twists and turns, a small pond with
an island appears to the right, then downhill again and a stream runs
alongside the road tumbling down the hillside. The forest closes in again
and the shade encourages beautiful ferns and mosses to decorate the
roadside. Where the sun manages to penetrate the tree canopies wild
flowers carpet the forest floor.
As we continue with our descent the forest clears affording more views
of Llanrwst and the rolling hills across the valley. The Gower Bridge
that we crossed earlier is visible to the north and Gwydir Castle can
be seen to the south.
After a further short uphill stretch you will see a style on the left
hand side of the road. Cross the style and enter the woodland. The path
zigzags down the hillside. To your right, through the trees you may see
the first signs of the "Grey mare's tail waterfall". Continue
down the path for the best views of the waterfalls. After pausing to view
the waterfalls follow the path through the woodland arriving at wooden
gates opening on to the B5106 Conwy valley road. Bear right and follow
the directions to Llanrwst at the road junction ahead. A further mile
or so takes you to the Afon Conwy and Pont Fawr, (the Big Bridge) the
famous Llanrwst landmark.
But pause a while before crossing the bridge, as the equally famous property
of "Ty hwnt ir bont" is on this bank of the river. Ty hwnt ir
bont is an historic National Trust property and carries on the business
of cafe and tea rooms for several months of the year. As famous for it's
"cream teas" as it is for the structure itself, why not have
a picnic on the river bank or inside the delightful old building?
There are two options for the final section of the walk, both involve
crossing the bridge of course. But then you have the choice of a
pleasant riverside walk back to the Car Park / Railway Station or to follow
the main A470 road through the town square. If taking the A470 route bear
left on crossing the bridge then right into the town square. Continue
through the town square bearing left and then right on exiting the square.
Continue until you reach the fork in the road. Ignore the route that passes
over the hump in the road and bear left following the signs to the Llanrwst
North railway Station and Car Park.
The riverside walk is very pleasant and I would recommend it. But beware!
The dogs have got to the footpath before you. It's such a shame as the
local council have spent a lot of money to create a nice riverside path
but then they have not followed it through by banning dogs on the path,
or at least providing dog bins and penalty warnings. With the inevitable
dog mess appearing everywhere.
To take the riverside path cross over Pont Fawr and bear left to the
sharp bend in the road. Take the slate steps down to the path and continue
alongside the river bank. Eventually the path leads into the main Llanrwst
car park. Cross over the car park exiting left at the main road. Continue
until you reach the fork in the road.
Ignore the route that passes
over the hump in the road and bear left passing the Queen's Hotel public
house following the signs to the Llanrwst North Railway Station and
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