Holidays in Conwy County Wales, a guide to finding the best holiday in Conwy County

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Click to zoom into Conwy CountyConwy County stretches from the Great Orme on the Creuddyn Peninsula in the north to Llyn ( Lake) Conwy in the South, and from the mountain known as Glyder Fawr, near the Pass of Llanberis in the west, to Llyn Brenig near Denbigh in the east. The geographical feature of the county and indeed the landmark that gives the county its name is the River Conwy.

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The river rises on the Migneint moor at Llyn Conwy (Lake Conwy), then flows toward Betws y Coed in a series of rapids and massive waterfalls. The tributaries Afon Machno and Afon Lledr join the Conwy at the eastern end of the Lledr valley prior to the Conwy reaching Betws-y-Coed, where it is also joined by the Afon Llugwy. All three tributaries are turbulent Click to view Tu Hwnt i'r Bont at Llanrwstand consist of rapids and picturesque waterfalls before their confluence with the Conwy. From Betws-y-Coed the river continues to flow north in a more sedate manner through Llanrwst, Trefriw and Glan Conwy before reaching the Irish Sea at Conwy. During high spring tides the river is tidal as far as Llanrwst and when combined with heavy rain the river floods the lower reaches of the Conwy Valley.

To the west of the river Conwy is the Snowdonia National Park including the Lakes of Llyn Eigiau, Llyn Cowlyd, Lyn Crafnant, and Llyn Geirionydd. The lakes are found on the high lands between the mountains of the county of Conwy : Tal y Fan 610 metres, Foel Fras 942m, Carnedd Llewelyn 1062m, Carnedd Dafydd 1044m, Y Tryfan 917m, Glyder Fawr 999m, Glyder Fach 994m and Moel Siabod 872m. There are several delightful villages along the western bank of the Conwy including Trefriw, Dolgarrog, Tal y Bont, Ty'n y Groes, Rowen and Henryd. Each and everyone of these villages is a gateway to delightful walks among the foothills of Snowdonia.

Click to view waterfall on the upper Lledr riverTo the east of the river Conwy the county takes on more of a lowland agricultural look and there are many small villages scattered about the verdant landscape. But the green fields are cut deep by steep river valleys. If it was possible to travel in a straight line from the river Conwy to the river Clwyd in the east the ride would be like a fairground roller coaster. As it is the roads twist and turn up and down and round and round the hills and valleys making lengthy journeys of the shortest trip, but they are well worth it for the fantastic views. Head further south and the scenery takes on a moor-ish look, not camels and sand dunes but heath and moorlands. Here are the bleak windswept lakes of Llyn Brenig, Llyn Aled, Llyn Alwen and the Alwen reservoir, choose the day of your visit carefully or, unless you are a hardy angler, you may regret the visit.

If it's sunshine your after for your holiday...head to the north coast of Conwy. It is a proven fact that the towns on the north coast of Conwy and Denbighshire are some of the sunniest places in the United Kingdom. From Llandudno, and Colwyn Bay through Rhyl to Prestatyn the sunshine records show how the " Föhn effect "  delivers much longer hours of sunshine and warmer temperatures than would be expected for seaside resorts on the north coast of Wales. ( Föhn Effect : Bad Click to view Great Orme in Llandudnoweather ascends a mountain, when it descends on the lee side, it is drier and also warmer. In north wales this happens when the south westerly winds travel over the Snowdonia Mountain range and descend toward the coast.)
Llandudno is known as the "queen" of the welsh resorts. This probably alludes to the resort being the top Welsh seaside resort rather than the town having a "gay old time".  But Fred (Flintstone) and Barney (Rubble) would feel at home in this Conwy holiday resort, especially on Llandudno's Great Orme limestone headland pocketed with many caves, ..................some still occupied in the early 20th century.

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