Sunday 13th July 2008 - Conway, North Wales

On Sunday 13 July, our walks are based on Conway with its famous castle, where there are refreshment opportunities of all sorts at the end of the day. There will be NO toilet stop en route as there are facilities at Conway at the start of the B+, B and C walks. The A party may also wish to take this opportunity before continuing on by coach to Llanfairfechan. Conditions underfoot mean walking boots will be essential.

‘A’ Walk
Distance: 12 miles
Ascent: 2600 ft
Bob Scurr
Carole Scurr

An excellent walk, sweeping its way around the coast with magnificent day long views (usual caveats and small print applies-the price of beans can go up or down and your home may be at risk if you set fire to it) of Anglesey and the North Wales coast (I have the photos to prove it).
We will pass a number of sites of historical interest on the way. Whilst there is a fair bit climbing this is split up through the route.
Starting in Llanfairfechan ( OS Explorer 17-682748 ) we climb steadily up through Nant-y-Felin to pick up the North Wales Path on Garreg Fawr.
We then follow the Roman Road until we climb up onto Foel Lwyd.
Our route follows the ridge along Tal y Fan before dropping back down to an area littered with old ruins and stones.
Passing the remains of the fort at Caer Bach we walk along superb grass paths passing through the middle of a stone circle ( we can pause for the energy to flow into us ) until we eventually pick up the North Wales Path again at GR 745758.
We follow this down to the picturesque Sychnant Pass before our final climb of the day onto the top of Conway Mountain with its Bronze Age fort. A descent into Conway around the harbour wall and to the castle rounds off the day.



‘B+’ Walk
Distance: 11 miles
Ascent: 1800 ft
Dave Purdy
Glennis Poole

We start by following the North Wales coast path westwards alongside the estuary then go up and over the top of Conway Mountain with extensive views of the coast, Anglesey and the Conway Valley.
On reaching the Sychnant Pass, we turn south and use undulating hill paths to arrive at the ancient, isolated church at Llangelynin.
Descending steeply on a good track we then pass through a woodland nature reserve to reach Henryd.
Some unavoidable road walking then brings us Gorse Hill caravan site from which point field footpaths lead us back directly to the car park and waiting coach.

‘B’ Walk
Distance: 8 miles
Ascent: 1000 ft
Janet Purdy
Ray Webb

Taking the same route out of Conway as the B+ party, we follow The North Wales path over Conway Mountain to Sychnant Pass.
Heading south-east past tranquil Gwern Engen, we pass through Groesffordd before crossing the Henrhyd and Llanrwst roads after which we strike out across fields on our return to the car park at the castle.
An undulating walk with some necessary road walking but we think the latter is outweighed by the attractive scenery. Bird watchers may be interested in one of the larger and rare species of swan that was spotted during the recce.

‘C’ Walk
Distance: 7 miles.
Ascent: 875 ft
Barry Whitby

Peter Houghton

From CONWAY a gentle climb takes us up to BRYN-LOCN before turning south-west and crossing a number fields to reach the village of GROESFFORDD.
The next phase of the walk is on roads and takes us via LLECHWEDD to join a moor land track over to the SYCHNANT PASS road.
The day’s main climb now follows, no need to worry, it will include several stops as we make our up and onto the CONWAY MOUNTAIN RIDGE.
An easier route is available to avoid the top if the weather happens to be poor.
There are extensive views to enjoy, particularly across the CONWAY ESTUARY, during our descent down to the MORFA promenade which we then follow back into CONWAY.