Colwyn Bay to Llanfairfechan

This was our first 2 day event and so quite exciting ūüôā ¬†We had to pack enough food and clothes into our backpacks to survive the ordeal and then we drove to Colwyn Bay. ¬†Once there we left the car in the train station, paying for 2 days’ parking at the ticket office. ¬†No we were ready for our walk from Colwyn Bay to Llanfairfechan.

Day 1

The weather was quite cold and we wrapped up well before heading down to the promenade.  Here we walked through the aftermath of a stormy sea and watched a one council workman brushing up the seaweed which the waves had deposited along the promenade and then heaving it over the wall and back down into the sea.  Colwyn Bay leads into Rhos on Sea.

Rhos on Sea

The most striking nothing to see at Rhos on Sea is the holy well and chapel of Saint Trillo.  Saint Trillo was a saint born in the 6th century.  A noble by birth, he came to Wales from Brittany.  The tiny chapel by the sea is full of peace.  Near to the chapel there is a row of remembrance benches donated by people whose dear ones probably loved Llandudno and Rhos on Sea.

The Little Orme.

When you leave Rhos on Sea you have top cross the Little Orme.  The Wales Coast Path over the Little Orme was not very well signposted and we lost a fair bit of time trying to work out what  was was the best way down.  There are wonderful views down to the sea from the Little Orme and at the top there is a Trig Point used to survey maps.

Llandudno North Shore.

When you come down from the Little Orme you walk into Llandudno North Shore.  We passed a small field with a couple of donkeys in it.  Maybe they retired there after a lifetime of giving rides to children on the beach.

The Great Orme.

There is a road that runs along the outside of the Great Orme.  Cars have to pay a small toll to use it and so not many do.  This makes it safe and quiet to walk along.  The views are fantastic.  At the beginning you have wonderful views back towards Llandudno, the Pier and the Little Orme.  Then once you round the headland you are left alone withe the Orme to your left and and sea to your right.

Llandudno West Shore.

There are long empty beaches here and it is the quiet side of Llandudno. ¬†There are views towards Snowdownia and Anglesey. ¬†We had booked to stay in The Lily Restaurant with Rooms. ¬†What an experience! ¬†The hotel is in a beautiful location. ¬†It is pretty run down but the food in the “bistro” (bar) is good enough and the beer was excellent. ¬†The views from our bedroom were wonderful out towards the sea.

Day 2

Our second day started with a fantastic breakfast at the Lily with rooms.  The hotel may be quirky but its breakfasts are exceptional.  It is worth staying at the hotel just for breakfast. The breakfast we had on the Sunday morning was delicious.  I would stay here again knowing what to expect.  The quality of the rooms was not great but that is reflected in the price.  It is a good place to stop over when walking the Wales Coast Path.

Deganwy

Conwy

As you enter Conwy you have to pass Conwy Castle. ¬†This is a very imposing structure and one of my favourite castles. ¬†The castle was built by Edward I between 1283 and 1289. ¬†It was involved in several wars, the latest being the Civil War when Conwy was held by forces loyal to Charles I between 1642 and 1642. ¬†When the War was over the Parliament slighted the castle so it could not be used against them in the future. ¬†It was ruined in 1665.¬† ¬†UNESCO considers Conwy to be one of “the finest examples of late 13th century and early 14th century military architecture in Europe”, and it is classed as a¬†World Heritage site.

We met our friends Thomas and Bettina in Conwy. ¬†Thomas and Bettina left their car in Conwy station car park. ¬†They came with their son Linus. ¬†Linus had been “tricked” into doing the walk with us but he put on a brave face and was rewarded with ice-creams along the way. ¬†We walked down to the port and saw the smallest house in Great Britain and looked at the famous walls which protect the town.

When we came out of Conwy we passed Conwy marina.  The Wales Coast Path goes through the marina but we could not find the signs and ended up missing out the marina.  We found the path by the shore and walked along the beach as far as we could.  At Penmaen-bach point we came off and followed the path along the road until it took us back to the beach.  When we got hungry we found some rocks to sit on and have lunch.

Penmaenmawr

We walked along to sands to Penmaenmawr and decided to see if we could get a train back to Colwyn Bay.  We left the beach and walked to Penmaenmawr Station which is up for sale if you are interested.  There were no trains in the afternoon on the Sunday so we had to move on to Llanfairfechan.  At the end of the beach at Penmaenmawr there are cliffs and the path has to head to the main road.  We thought that this would be unpleasant but were surprised.

Llanfairfechan

In Llanfairfechan the Wales Coast Path moves away from the coast and goes around the back of the village before coming down towards the station. ¬†This looks like a very nice seaside village but we were too hot and tired to go and explore. ¬†We sat in the train station and drank some water. ¬†It is one of those strange stations were you have to flag down the train or it will not stop! ¬†It is a bit like catching a bus. ¬†We were worried that the driver might not see us in time and then we would be in trouble. Fortunately the driver saw us and stopped ūüôā

You can see the photos we took in our Facebook album.

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