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
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 ]
From the A55 on the north Wales coast, take junction 19 to the A470 south
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
Most of the walks on this website are quite short, where you can park
the car or leave the train and, weather 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.
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
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)