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the hairy legged hikerWhere is it? :
Colwyn Bay, North Wales.
Allow : 3 hours, Distance 5.6 miles / 9 km
What's the attraction? : Bluebell woods (seasonal); peaceful hidden valley walk; "Cathedral of the hills" ; buzzards.
Rating : This is an easy walk.
Car Parking : Available in Eirias Park, A547 Abergele Road, Colwyn Bay.


Directions :   [ Map of Nant-y-Glyn Valley Walk locationMap opens in a new window
From Chester take the A55 to Colwyn Bay. Exit the expressway at junction 22, Old Colwyn. Continue to Marine roundabout. Take the A547 west to Colwyn Bay. Eirias park is 1/2 mile on right.


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Exit Eirias Park via the ornamental gates. Cross over Abergele Road and climb the set of steps that are to the right of the house that is situated on the corner of Abergele Road and Groes Road. Follow the path for some half a mile. This part of the walk is not very attractive but it is necessary to get to our secret Click to enlarge the picture, follow the directions on the signpostvalley. The path passes between a builder's yard and the local Welsh primary school, Bod Alaw.

On leaving this section of path the outlook soon improves and enters a small housing estate, persevere for the 100 yards through the estate toward the stone cottages  located at the road junction. Turn right at the road junction and walk up a slight incline past the farm buildings.

A nice rural aspect opens before you. Choose the path sign-posted "Nant y Glyn Valley". This section of path is enclosed with over hanging trees but you will see Blackberry Mountain on your left (when snow falls this is the local children's favourite spot for sledging). Continue on this path until you reach the way markers by a broken gate. Follow the path signposted "Tyn Terfyn". Come autumn the trees along this section of path are heavy with hazel nuts and the squirrels are busy Blackberry Mountain in the Nant y Glyn Valleysquirreling all year long. The track opens out onto a hillside field, the track disappears for a short distance but the trick is to stay close to the gorse bushes as you climb the hill. Soon the track reappears, follow this to the top of the hill, ...well, as far up the hill as the kissing gate. You will find the kissing gate in the hedgerow on the right forming the boundary to the next smallholding, Tyn Terfyn.

Pass through the gate to Tyn Terfyn's top field. To the left of the gate you will see an overgrown well / spring that was the sole water supply to the household in the bottom of the valley until some thirty years ago. (The small-holding with some eight acres of land was owned by my uncle and aunty and in my youth I spent many pleasant summers playing in the fields and helping out on the farm) Continue across the field to a stile. This leads into a small copse where you will find the remains of an old cottage, more a pile of stone than a cottage these days. Pass through the trees to the lane. Cross the lane and follow the directions on the way-marker over another stile. Recent improvements to the track have Find hazel nuts along this path below blackberry mountain  in the autumnchanged a scramble down the bank to a number of steps and a small wooden bridge which lead to the next section of the walk.

Follow the way-markers, which basically direct the path along the lower edge of a pine forest through the valley to the road at the head of the valley.

In the spring the forest floor is covered with a carpet of bluebells, and you have a choice of pastoral scenes in the valley below or the bluebells in the dappled sunlight in the forest above.

On leaving the forest track turn right along the B5381 road. Follow the road for a few hundred yards to the junction with the B5113 Llanrwst - Colwyn Bay road. Turn right again heading down hill and toward the village of Bryn y Maen. To your right you will have spectacular views of the Nant-y-Glyn Valley with the Irish Sea as a distant backdrop, and to your left you will see the beautiful foothills of Snowdonia.

On  reaching the village of Bryn y Maen you will see the church known as the Cathedral of the Hills.

Bluebells in the Nant y Glyn ValleyContinue past the church, taking the second road on the right hand side. This takes you back into the valley but on the tarmac (albeit narrow) road on the western side of the valley. Be prepared for breathtaking views on the descent into the valley, and  some wonderful ancient oak trees helping to frame a perfect picture.

The road is steep going down and steep going up but neither up nor down are too unpleasant when your mind is on the delightful countryside around you. In the heart of this hidden valley you are within a mile or two of the busy town of Colwyn Bay yet all you will here are the sounds of sheep and cows and maybe the cry of the buzzards hovering in the thermals above Blackberry Mountain.

As you exit the valley the road makes one last attempt to puff you out, but although it's steep it's also short and it's soon downhill walking again with the trees of Pwllychrochan Woods closing in on the road.

To your right is the chalet park of Nant y Glyn Hall and soon you arrive at the junction with the Old Highway. Bear right and walk straight down hill. At the bottom of the hill bear left round the bend past the Old Mill until you rejoin Abergele Road. Bear right again up hill to the starting point at Eirias Park.


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Please -- click on the pictures below -- for enlarged pictures of the Walk in Nant y Glyn Valley North Wales, UK.

Golden Gorse in Nant y Glyn Valley Cows in the lower fields
View toward Bryn y Maen, over the hill and not too far away.  
Cows in the lower fields
Bluebells on the forest floor Bryn y Maen Church
Bluebells carpet the forest floor  
Bryn y Maen Church comes into view

Close view of the Church known as the Cathedral of the Hills Looking down on Nant y Glyn Valley on leaving Bryn y Maen
Bryn y Maen Church the "Cathedral of the Hills"
 
Looking down on Nant y Glyn Valley on leaving Bryn y Maen
Beautiful Oak tree overlooking the Valley   Looking back up the valley from Fox Hill
Beautiful Oak tree overlooking the Valley   Looking back up the valley from Fox Hill near the end of the walk

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