The ancient town of Conwy makes a great destination for a weekend break. The imposing 13th century castle and Medieval town walls with 21 towers form part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are a variety of interesting walks revealing extensive wildlife and dramatic scenery.
Conwy to Llandudno and the Great Orme. The North Wales Path skirts the headland of the dramatic Great Orme rock. The top of the Orme, which can be reached via several paths, features one of the oldest deep mines in the world, where copper was extracted during the Bronze Age. After rounding the Great Orme the path continues along Llandudno’s picturesque Victorian promenade. More energetic walkers can continue on over the Little Orme and down to the seafront of Rhos on Sea, home to Wales’ smallest church, St Trillo’s.
Distance: 9/14 miles (14/23km).
Conwy to Penmaenmawr, via the Sychnant Pass. The path follows the bank of the River Conwy, before heading back south and climbing up onto the heather-clad slopes of Conwy Mountain. There are dramatic views south across the striking Sychnant Pass valley into Snowdonia and the route climbs higher over the hills until it brings the walker to the high open moorland above Penmaenmawr. Points of interest along this route include the prehistoric Druid’s Stone Circle, which is believed to be 5,000 years old. After 10 miles, the path descends into Llanfairfechan where you can catch a bus or train back to Conwy. Distance: 10 miles/16km