Conwy to Llanfairfechan, Conwy

Enjoy panoramic views of the North Wales coastline on this inland stretch of the path

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Start and Finish

Conwy Quay to Llanfairfechan

Distance

11 miles or 18 km

Along the way

This walk follows the inland stretch of the Wales Coast Path over Conwy Mountain, through a landscape rich in history and heritage – this is a great alternative to the official route with a fantastic high vantage point with panoramic views over to Isle of Anglesey and the Irish Sea. 

Starting from the World Heritage Site of Conwy, with its impressive 12th-century castle and town walls, the path goes along the quay before turning away from coast and heading upwards. During summer, the mountain is blanketed in purple heather with speckles of bright yellow gorse. Whatever the season, you’ll enjoy spectacular views across North Wales.

Look east along the coast and you’ll see the Great Orme headland above Llandudno, while Anglesey lies to the west. Turn inland to gaze down the verdant Conwy Valley to the foothills of the Carneddau mountain range (keep an eye out for the wild Carneddau ponies). The stones on this walk have many stories to tell.  A short detour from the path takes you to the ruins of an impressive Iron Age hill fort, one of many ancient sites to be found here. Close to the path above Penmaenmawr, you’ll see a circle of around 30 stones which have stood on this spot for around 5,000 years, plus the remains of a Stone Age ‘axe factory’ where our ancestors once built tools. 

Finally, you’ll drop down into the pretty little Victorian resort of Llanfairfechan, enjoying spectacular views across the Menai Strait as you go. If you’re still in the mood for walking when you arrive, take the main Wales Coast Path back to Conwy.

Walk Highlights   

Wales Coast Path Officer highlights, Gruff Owen: 
"This walk is totally different from any other along the North Wales section of the Wales Coast Path, make time to marvel at the Druids circle and ancient standing stones that have stood on the mountain for more than five thousand years"

Need to know

Conwy is well endowed with places to eat and drink, plus parking and public toilets. There’s also a café and toilets in the car park by the beach in Llanfairfechan.  To return to Conwy, you can either follow the main Wales Coast Path back along the shore or take the bus or train.

Itinerary and Map    

Download the Conwy to Llanfairfechan itinerary (PDF) and a route map (JPEG).

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