Iona's Journey - Llanrwst

Duration: 1 hour

Distance: 2.2 miles / 3.5 km

Start: SH 795 618

End: SH 797 614

Parking: Glasdir Car Park, Plas yn Dre, Llanrwst LL26 0DF

Route Description:

Although this walk isn't circular, the walk finishes close to where it starts. Whilst standing in the car park, walk towards the river and you'll see a footpath right by the river. Turn left and follow this path, keeping the river on your right. You'll arrive at Pont Fawr Llanrwst (A). Cross the bridge and take an immediate left, crossing the park to see the Gorsedd Stones (B).

Re-join the path along the Conwy River, passing the playing fields. After around 700 meters, turn right and cross the fields, before coming out on the road. Turn left and walk safely on the side of the road and you'll see the entrance to Gwydyr Uchaf Forest (C) on the left.

Follow the path to the right through the woods for around 400 meters and you'll reach a viewpoint, overlooking the Conwy Valley. Turn back on yourself for around 200 meters and turn left to walk down to Gwydir Uchaf Chapel (Ch). After visiting the chapel, walk back down to the road and turn left, passing Gwydir Castle, then turn right towards Llanrwst. Before arring at the bridge (A), turn to the left towards the Conwy River banks, to visit Tu Hwnt i'r Bont (D). This is where the walk ends. To walk back to the car park, cross the bridge and turn left, following the path along the river.

Points of Interest:

A) Pont Fawr Llanrwst

Grid Reference: SH 798 615

The bridge is too narrow for vehicles to pass on it, and its hump limits forward visibility. This explains the local nickname Pont y Rhegi – "bridge of swearing".

B) Gorsedd Stones

Grid Reference: SH 798 613

The National Eisteddfod has been held in Llanrwst three times, 2019, 1989 and 1951.

C) Gwydyr Uchaf Woods

Grid Reference: SH 796 606

The woodland is under the care of Natural Resources Wales and it covers an area of over 72.5 square kilometres. It takes it's name from the ancient Gwydir Estate.

Ch) Gwydir Uchaf Chapel

Grid Reference: SH 794 609

When the owner of Gwydir Castle wanted his own place of worship he built his own private chapel. The owner in question was Sir Richard Wynn, a member of the influential Wynn family.

D) Tu Hwnt i'r Bont

Grid Reference: SH 797 614

This is a 15th century, grade II listed building. Originally a farmhouse, you can now visit for a cup of tea in this popular tearooms.

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