The mountains above Dolwyddelan

Trefriw to Conwy

If you dropped down into Trefriw for accommodation and services, you can get back to the high-level route by walking up through Trefriw Woods.

The paths back up through the woods are well waymarked. Start on route 6 in the Trefriw Trails leaflet. (Downloadable leaflet at  and more detail of some of the trails at  but not trail 9, unfortunately.)

From SH 77290 63595 you can follow a minor road over Cefn Cyfarwydd to Llyn Cowlyd. For an easier but slightly longer walk, take the footpath to the right at SH 77017 63408. You are now on Trefriw Trail route 9. Rejoin the road at SH 77587 64723. At about SH 76977 65593 it becomes a lane, then a footpath leading to Brwynog Isaf and Uchaf. Turn right on a minor road at SH 74642 64133. At SH 74317 64231 bear left then take the footpath to the right, over the spur and down to the ruined dam of Llyn Eigiau. You cannot cross the river until you reach the old dam.

Walk down the track on the other side of the river to the car park. Turn left on a stony track which takes you round to another dam at SH 72424 67530. Cross the river here and walk up the left bank of the Afon Ddu. At SH 72037 67788 you reach a stile to your right. Cross it and follow the footpath slightly north of east past several ruined farmsJust past Ffrith-y-bont the path becomes a stony track. Past the Gadair Outdoor Pursuits Centre it is a surfaced road. Follow it to the public road at SH 75052 69883. Turn left and follow the road for about 2.5 km. At SH 73182 71482 take the lane to the right, leading to the youth hostel at Rhiw. (The lane is marked as a yellow road on the old 1:25,000 map but is definitely not for motor vehicles.)

If you are not staying at the hostel, turn left along the bottom of the yard at Cae Coch and follow the old green way below Tal y Fan. The old church and holy well at Llangelynin (SH 75123 73734) are worth a visit. Alternatively, bear left in just over a mile from Cae Coch and walk along the ridge of Cefn Maen Amor. Cross the Sychnant Pass road and take the track ahead of you. This curves round to take you down the spine of Conwy Mountain to the town.

This route is full of interest but a bit roundabout. Other alternatives take the higher ground over Foel-fras and Drum — a magnificent ridge route! But if you want to go that way you should probably miss out Llanrhychwyn and head from Dolwyddelan to Capel Curig and up Cwm Llugwy to the Carneddau. Now that would be a walk.



Trefriw to Conwy

Places to visit along this route


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