Conwy Valley Way

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Start: Llandudno
Distance: 94 miles (151 km)
Grid Ref: SH784823
Climbing: 5,010 metres
Walk time: 38-47 hours
Days: 6-9

Ordnance Survey Explorer Map (1:25,000)

Summary: The Conwy Valley Way is a meandering long distance walk around the beautiful Conwy Valley from Conwy Bay to the river's source at Llyn Conwy. It makes a point of detouring wherever possible to cover every possible highlight of the picturesque valley. From the starting point in the coastal town of Llandudno which was a very popular holiday location in Victorian times the walk follows the North Wales Path around the Great Orme and then heads across Conwy Sands to the head of Afon Conwy at Deganwy. Continuing close to the east side of the river the route heads past Llandudno Junction to explore Conwy Nature Reserve before following the river upstream through Llansanffraid before leaving the river to track south across countryside to Bodnant Garden, Mynydd Cauedig and Abbey Nurseries to resume a riverbank course to Tan-lan before following road into Llanrwst. Countryside walking resumes to Capel Garmon, and Pont Rhydlanfair where the Conwy is crossed. Upland Vale of Conwy, Conwy Reservoir and Cwm Hafonredwydd are visited as the course from south to east and east is north is tracked to begin the return journey. Afon Machno is followed downstream to Penmachno and to its ends where it flows into Afon Conwy near Conwy Falls. Fairy Glen and Glyn Lledr lead to Llyn Elsi before the way leads on forest tracks to Betws-Y-Coed. More forest track walking leads to a series of lakes; Llyn Parc, Llyn Sarrau, Llyn Geirionydd and Llyn Crafnant. Trefriw is next visited and then Coed Dolgarrog National Nature Reserve. Soon after the Conwy is rejoined but not for long before the route climbs to Cefn Llechen, Maen Esgob, Craigfedwen and Conwy Mountain. The route finishes with an exploration of Conwy town and The Beacons off Conwy Sands.

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