Conwy Valley Railway Walks

 In Tracey Ann Breese

As few months ago I was asked by Conwy Valley Railway if I would walk and blog some short local walks for their new website. All of the walks I have done and written about so far can be found here and more will be added as they appear on the Conwy Valley Walks website.

This opportunity appealed to me mainly so that I could show that walking in and around Snowdonia doesn’t have to involve big mountains (as fun as these are!), long days and technical equipment (although this is recommended for big mountains!). I have always loved being able to inspire more people to get outdoors and walking is such  fabulous exercise for both the body and the mind.

I hope you enjoy reading about these walks as much as I have enjoyed walking and writing about them. I have discovered places and seen some of the best views in North wales some of which I didn’t know existed.

I particularly hope they inspire you to have more adventures and explore more of our stunning North Wales countryside.

The Conwy Valley Railway line runs from Llandudno on the north coast down into the heart of Snowdonia to Blaenau Festiniog. There are 13 stations along the route and they have created 14 walks which are easily accessible from the stations and achievable within train times. Most of these walks are circular but a few will take you from station to station.

 

Advice

I quickly discovered that not all of the walks are a straight forward as I expected! I have got (almost) lost, muddy and had to turn back on occasions before it got too dark. Here is some advice from me to stop you making the mistakes I have made:

Kashmiri mountain goats

Chose your walk carefully – check accessibility, difficulty, toilets, places to eat etc before you set off

Check train times – Timetables

Download the map for your chosen walk from the Conwy Valley Walks website (I learned to take a laminated copy and not rely on my phone even on the easier walks)

If it’s a more difficult walk take a full OS map and a compass (and know how to use them) – Navigation Training

Know your own pace and timings, particularly if you need to be at your end destination in time to catch a train

Check the weather forecast and take appropriate clothing

Check your footwear – a few of these walks I have said that trainers are sufficient but for others walking boots are definitely recommended

 

My Conwy Valley Adventures

Betws-y-Coed to Llyn Elsi

The Betws-y-Coed to Llyn Elsi walk is I have to say one of my most favourite walks in Snowdonia. It helps that this is right on my doorstep and was really easy to write about as I have done it so many times!

This i a lovely ‘Moderate’ walk with lost of potential for longer walks.

 

Great Orme Circular Walk

Starting in Llandudno the Great Orme Walk is another one I had done a few times which is amazing. You really feel like you could be anywhere in the world on a clear day.

This can be a fully accessible walk but be aware of time as once you get to the far end of the Orme there aren’t really any short cuts!

This is a really popular walk. So popular in fact that our first Great Orme Giant Walk sold out so we have released a  new date for October.

 

Llanwrst to Trefriw

Starting in the lovely market town of Llanrwst the Llanrwst to Trefriw walk is a lovely walk for all the family. This can be a linear or circular walks with a fully accessible option and a change to visit Trefriw woollen mill.

 

Have fun doing these walks and please come back to see more walks as they are added over the next few months. Tracey 🙂

 

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