Conwy Harbour to Betwsy y Coed

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This scenic cycle ride takes from the historic town of Conwy with its castle and town walls which were built about 1289 and is also home to ‘ the smallest house in Britain’ on the harbour. You will cycle out of Conwy and travel near to the River Conwy up the valley and through several welsh villages. At your destination, Betws y Coed on the edge of The Snowdonia National Park you come to a thriving centre for people with outdoor pursuits in mind and an abundance of cafes and bars to relax and enjoy before your journey home. You can if you wish travel home on the train from Betws y Coed. Check the times first before setting off, and you can if you wish catch the train to Llandudno Junction which is just a mile over the bridge from Conwy.

Approximately 15 miles one way. All on rural ‘B’ standard roads with some picturesque views along the way. Refreshments easily available at Conwy, Llanrwst and Betws y Coed and at some of the villages along the route. For the first couple of miles and at the end of the cycle route as you approach Betws y Coed you will encounter some long severe climbs, the rest of the route is fairly flat. As you cycle along you will be cycling on the edge of The Snowdonia National Park on your right hand side and on the left in the distance you have the Deganwy Estuary.

Starting from the harbour side opposite the world famous Conwy Castle. Go along the quay side towards the castle and continue up the slope on the quayside which takes you to the road in front of the castle A547. Conwy Rd.

Turn right along this road and cycle along the front of the castle. After 80 yards you come to a mini roundabout turn left at this roundabout onto Llanrwst Rd, which takes you down a hill past the side of the castle.

Follow this road all the way out of Conwy. This road is also known as the B5106 to Llanrwst. As you cycle round the bend and head out of Conwy you will be cycling up a steep hill for about a quarter of a mile and after approximately half a mile you will leave the outskirts of Conwy and be cycling along a rural road towards Llanrwst which is about ten miles along this road. As you cycle along you will see some spectacular views on your left across the River Conwy and its estuary. For the first couple of miles along the road you will encounter some long severe hills but after that the road is fairly flat with just a few gentle rolling hills.
On the way to Llanrwst you will pass through the villages of Baclaw, Tyn y Groes, Tal y Bont and Dolgarrog. All of which have shops, cafes and pubs for refreshments.

About three quarters of a mile after the village of Trefriw you Turn Right up the slope keeping to the B5106 heading towards Betws y Coed. As you turn right here if you look over the estuary to your left you will see the town of Llanrwst in the distance.
Keep to the B5106 which will take you around the valley on the opposite side of the river bank to Llanrwst and once you pass the outskirts of Llanrwst it is only about 4 miles to the end of your ride at Betws y Coed.
As you pass Llanrwst you will reach Gwydir Castle on the B5106 Which is a fine example of a fortified manor house dating back to c1500, with lots of history and is said to be the most haunted house in Wales, haunted by a ‘grey lady and a monk’.

Swallow Falls near Betwsy y Coed

As you approach Betws y Coed you will encounter some fairly long hills for the last couple of the cycle ride. Once you are at Betws y Coed there are numerous lanes and tracks to explore in the area and plenty of outdoor pursuit shops to enjoy. The famous Swallow falls are just 3 miles along the A5 from Betwsy y Coed in the direction of Capel Curig.

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