Llanrhychwyn Church

Circular Walk, steep in places: Total Ascent 898 feet

4 miles / 2 hours 30 minutes

From the car park in the centre of the village, cross the main road in front of the Woollen Mill and turn right. At the end of the row of shops, opposite the Fairy Falls Hotel, turn left and walk up the hill. After a few yards, turn left onto Trail 4 that will take you to the Fairy Falls. From the Falls, climb up to the footbridge and follow the Trail 5 waymark signs.

Trail 5 takes you up into woods above the village and climbs steadily up 680 feet above Trefriw before Trail 8 branches off up a steep slope to a cluster of houses at Penrallt. This lies in a natural hollow and after the last ice age was probably a shallow lake. Over time this has dried out and silted up to leave a large area of marsh and bog which has been colonized by willow to form a Willow Carr.

From here, the Trail winds around the small community of Llanrhychwyn, including taking in the famous 6th Century church.

During the 19th century Llanrychwyn had a larger population than Trefriw with 87 recorded houses and a population of 376. By 1851 the population had increased to 586, due mainly to the flourishing mining industry.

From Llanrhychwyn Church, Trail 8 takes you into Gwydir Forest before a short stretch of narrow road and then a path which descends through woodland to the Conwy Valley floor. The trail crosses the B5106 (Trefriw to Llanrwst) road). WARNING: This road can be dangerous and you are advised to cross with caution. Trail 8 takes you along a farm track, a narrow footpath, and then onto the Cob (flood defences) and along the River Conwy to the suspension bridge. To return to Trefriw follow Trail 1 or extend your walk by following Trail 2 in a loop back to the village.

Bluebells in May
Trail 8 Map