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|Pen-y-Bryn and Bryn Euryn|
|Author: pubwalker, Published: 02 Oct 2013||Walk rating : Rating:|
|Conwy, Upper Colwyn Bay|
|A 5 mile (can be shortened to 3 miles or 1 mile) fairly strenuous walk from the Pen-y-Bryn in Upper Colwyn Bay, Conwy. The Pen-y-Bryn is a lovely pub with a stunning garden and terrace, and garden windows with panoramic views out over the sea and the Great Orme. The full walking route follows the steep valley sides down towards Rhos-on-Sea to visit the nature reserve, Bryn Euryn, climbing to the hill’s summit, before returning back up the valley side to the pub. Approximate time 3 to 3.5 hours. |
If this is too strenuous for you there are two shorter/easier options. The first option is to perform the first half of the walk and then request a taxi back to the pub, saving the climb back up the valley slopes, reducing the walk to 3 miles (about 2 hours). The second option is to drive to the Bryn Euryn car park and just complete the middle 1 mile section of the route around Bryn Euryn, and then drive back to the pub for your refreshments (about 1 hour). The choice is yours.
Bryn Euryn is a prominent limestone hill overlooking Rhos on Sea, with fine views from the summit. It is a rich mixture of grassland and woodland where you’ll have chance to enjoy beautiful butterflies, fabulous flowers, a historical hill fort and a magnificent ruined mansion.
All three options of the walk have fairly steep climbs and descents (including some flights of steps) which can be slippery after rain, so you will need stout footwear. There is one kissing gate within Bryn Euryn. The two longer options include a further two kissing gates (which are very tight – be prepared to breath in!), a ladder stile and one of the fields is likely to be holding cattle.
Colwyn Bay is located on the north Wales coast, just off the A55 between Conwy and Abergele. The full walking route starts and finishes at the Pen-y-Bryn pub on Wentworth Avenue (opposite the school) in Upper Colwyn Bay. The pub has its own large car park. Approximate post code LL29 6DD.
|Start to Welsh Mountain Zoo|
Start point: 53.2884 lat, -3.7388 long
Leave the pub car park via the vehicle entrance and turn right heading downhill past the village stores on the left. At the first T-junction turn right and then cross over the road to turn left at the second T-junction. At the end of Pen-y-Bryn Road you will come to a third T-junction. Turn left (heading uphill) for just a few yards and then take the first turning on the right, called Cherry Tree Lane.
|Welsh Mountain Zoo to Conway Road|
Start point: 53.2934 lat, -3.7456 long
The zoo was first opened in 1963 and is home to a wide range of exotic animals including condors, California sea lions, chimpanzees, Sumatran tigers and snow leopards. There are also a range of native species including Welsh mountain goats.
|Conway Road to Bryn Euryn Steps|
Start point: 53.2988 lat, -3.7517 long
Turn right along the pavement and when you reach the side road, Llanrwst Road, cross over with care to turn left over the footbridge which crosses the A55 dual carriageway and the railway. At the far side of the bridge, keep right down the short slope and then keep ahead, heading uphill and bearing left to join the road.
|Bryn Euryn Steps to Bryn Euryn Summit|
Start point: 53.3057 lat, -3.7514 long
(If you are starting the walk from the Bryn Euryn Car Park follow the directions from this point – come out of the car park and turn left along the entrance lane back towards the road. Just before the road, you’ll come to the steps up to Bryn Euryn on the left).
|Bryn Euryn Summit to Bryn Euryn Car Park|
Start point: 53.3026 lat, -3.754 long
Take time to catch your breath and enjoy the magnificent views. Ahead you’ll have views out to sea including the elegant offshore wind farm, and behind you’ll have chance to enjoy the mountains and hillside skyline including Conwy Mountain.
|Bryn Euryn Car Park to End|
Start point: 53.3053 lat, -3.752 long
Continue along the road past the car park on the left and you will come back to the T-junction with Tan-y-Bryn Road. From this point you will be retracing your steps back to the pub.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2013 by the author pubwalker and may not be reproduced without permission.
The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.
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