Clwyd

The River and the Sea

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Overview

Along the sandy beaches looking towards the Irish Sea to the Vale of Conwy you take in the immaculate seaside resorts of Rhos on Sea and Llandudno, the dominant fortifications of Conwy Castle, and the towns of Llanrwst and Betws-y-Coed in the valley of the River Conwy.

Welsh Mountain Zoo

The National Zoo of Wales inland from Colwyn Bay and just off the has a wide variety of animals, great views across to North Wales Countryside, whilst the Jungle Adventureland and Tarzan Trail will keep the family entertained for hours. It is just 3 minutes off the A55.

Rhos on Sea

A neat and peaceful resort with a long promenade to allow walkers to full their lungs with good sea air. Take a look at St Trillo’s – the smallest church in Britain, seating 6 or the remains of Bryn Euryn a 5th century hill fort.

Llandudno

A coastal resort with a pier and immaculate North Shore promenade framed by the Great Orme and the Little Orme. The fine architecture of the hotels and other buildings along the shore reflects the attractiveness of the town from Victorian times to the present day. Trips up to the Great Orme can use the Tramway.

Conwy

One of the finest castles in Britain dominates the skyline and the town walls enclose a myriad of streets full of history. Explore or just sit and watch the activity on the Conwy estuary. Take a look at the Elizabethan town house Plas Mawr.

Bodnant Gardens

Superlatives don’t do justice to the beauty of these National Trust Gardens. Set in over 80 acres you can contrast formality and informality, see the first and best the Laburnum Arch established in 1880 to national plant collections of magnolia and rhododendron.

Llanwrst

The market town of Llanrwst nestles in the valley of the River Conwy with its 16th century three arch stone bridge over the river and with views towards Snowdonia. The Norman church of St Grwst holds the sarcophagus of Prince Llewellyn. Gwydir Castle is a medieval Welsh House is a mile from the bridge.

Betws-y-Coed

At the gateway to Snowdonia the town exudes charm providing great views, walks and for the more active plenty to do. Explore the town, the Pont-y-Pair bridge over the river, and the nearby Swallow Falls.

Gwydyr Forest Park

Walk or cycle between the ancient woodland and alongside the many streams and waterfalls or sit by tranquil lakes in this peaceful parkland and let life’s stresses ebb away.

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Overview

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Welsh Mountain Zoo

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1.7 miles

Rhos on Sea

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4.8 miles

Llandudno

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6.0 miles

Conwy

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6.6 miles

Bodnant Gardens

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8.8 miles

Llanwrst

7
4.6 miles

Betws-y-Coed

8
6.6 miles

Gwydyr Forest Park

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About the The River and the Sea Trail

Distance: 39 miles
Cites / Towns: 8
Number Of Businesses: 0

Visit the Welsh Mountain Zoo before leaving Colwyn Bay to head via Rhos on Sea to Llandudno to explore Great Orme, Little Orme or stroll the promenade and pier. At Conwy explore the Castle, Walls, the Elizabethan town house of Plas Mawr, or the river estuary.

Leaving Conwy the spectacular National Trust’s Bodnant Gardens await, the individual themed gardens are attractive all year round but the famous Laburnum Arch, 55 metres long, is best visited in late May/ early June.

Continue up the Conwy valley to the market town of Llanrwst with its three arch stone bridge and views towards Snowdonia and then on to Betws-y-Coed – its charm appeals to those wanting a relaxing break and chance to explore the town, the Pont-y-Pair bridge, and the nearby Swallow Falls.

On the edge of the Snowdonia mountain park there are many opportunities for the more active with trails in nearby Gwydyr Forest Park or white water adrenalin rushes in nearby Snowdonia.

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Coastal Resorts

Gentile calm, Victorian promenades and well kept gardens offer visitors to Colwyn Bay, Rhos on Sea and Llandudno a relaxing time and a chance to breath in the fresh sea air. A good base to explore more of what North Wales has to offer.

Medieval Conwy

Dominated by its intimidating fortress at the mouth of the River Conwy the town is filled with plenty to explore and enjoy. A walk along the town walls or meandering the narrow streets allows the visitor to drift back in time and enjoy a slower pace of life.

Snowdonia Gateway

Travel up the valley of the Conwy to the quaint towns of Llanwrst and Betws-y-Coed to take in their historic bridges and houses whilst surrounded by increasingly impressive scenery from mountains, tree lined valleys to fast flowing streams.