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  Walking in Conwy Valley, A walk along the riverside and golf course in       Betws-y-Coed, Conwy Valley, North Wales

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the hairy legged hiker walking in WalesWhere is it? Betws y Coed in the beautiful Conwy Valley
How long will it take ? : The circular walk is approx. 1.6 miles (2.3km). You could walk it in less than 1/2 an hour but allow 1hr to enjoy the scenery and attractions.
What's the attraction? : Glorious riverside walk, ancient Church of St Michael's, plus a Railway museum.
Essentials : Two good legs, as a wheelchair would not get through the kissing gate
Rating : Easy
Car Parking : Parking is available near the Betws-y-Coed Railway Station
Facilities : Toilets are available at the Car Park outside the Railway Station. Cafes and various shops available at the Station complex.


Directions :  Map of Betws-y-Coed Riverside Walk location  ]
F
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.
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Lets Go :

Directions for this walk are very simple. Leave the car park and enter the Betws-y-Coed Railway Station. Cross the footbridge over the Conwy Valley Railway Line to the Conwy Valley Railway Museum. Have a look around the Museum or walk through to Hen Ffordd (Old Road) by St Michael's Church.

St Michael's is a beautiful old church and should you be lucky enough to find the church doors open you will find an interesting C14th stone effigy of local Knight, Gruffydd ap Dafydd Goch, grandson of Dafydd, the brother of Llewelyn ab Gruffydd, the last true Prince of Wales. The church yard itself has some grand Welsh slate gravestones sheltering beneath overhanging Yew trees. Leave the old churchyard and continue toward the Betws-y-Coed Golf Club (turn left on exiting the Railway Museum or turn right on exiting the churchyard via the old lych gate).

Take the lane to the right of the Golf Club entrance and continue along the riverbank and through the kissing gate.

There are glorious river views. The path continues squeezed between the golf course and the Afon (River) Conwy as far as the junction of the Conwy with the Afon Llugwy. Here you will find a bench where you may rest a while and enjoy the view. Keep your eyes open for Dippers, Wagtails and should you be very lucky, Kingfishers. From here the path follows the Afon Llugwy upstream, running between the golf course and the Llugwy. Marvel at such sites as the clear waters of the Afon Llugwy and the Betws y Coed sewage treatment works!

Toward the end of the walk the track passes a nice old building, Royal Oak Farm, which once provided dairy products for the Royal Oak Hotel. It then passes the Betws y Coed Motor Museum before reaching the Betws-y-Coed tourist Information office from where you will see the Railway Station Car Park and the end of the walk.

If you have time for another short walk in Betws y Coed click here >

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

Betws y Coed railway Station and shopping complex Betws y Coed Railway Museum model railway
Betws y Coed Railway Station and shopping complex
 
Betws y Coed Railway Museum model railway
St Michael's church in Betws y Coed   The stretch of the Conwy River alongside the Betws y Coed golf course
St Michael's church in Betws y Coed
 
The stretch of the Conwy River alongside the Betws y Coed golf course
Betws y Coed golf course Looking back up the Afon Conwy from the golf course footpath
Betws y Coed golf course
 
Looking back up the Afon Conwy from the golf course footpath


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