The Conwy Valley (Welsh: Dyffryn Conwy) is the valley of the River Conwy in Conwy County Borough, North Wales. The River Conwy rises on the Migneint Moor and flows for 27 miles to its discharge in Conwy Bay. A number of small streams flow into Llyn (Lake) Conwy which then flow in a generally northern direction, being joined by its tributaries, the rivers Machno and Lledr, before settling to a gentler pace below Betws-y-Coed, where it is joined by the river Llugwy.
From Betws-y-coed the river continues to flow north past the market town of Llanrwst, then Trefriw, Dolgarrog, and Glan Conwy before spilling into Conwy Bay between the towns of Deganwy and Conwy.
The Conwy Valley is defined by the foothills of the Carneddau range of mountains to the west and the rolling hills of Mynydd Eilian (336m), Moel Gyfyllog (341m)and Mwdwl Eithin (389m) to the east.
The beautiful valley is flanked by a mix of pastureland and woodlands including the Gwydir Forest. Llanrwst is the main settlement in the heart of the valley with an historic church, St Grwst's; several Pubs and hotels including the Eagles and the Meadowsweet; and a famous bridge, Pont Fawr.
The historic town of Conwy with its magnificent medieval castle and complete circuit of town walls sits at the northern edge of the valley while the popular inland resort of Betws-y-Coed with its beautiful riverside walks and proximity to the hills of Snowdonia attracts the more active visitors to the south of the vale of Conwy.
The villages of Trefriw, Dolgarrog, Tal-y- Bont and Rowen sit on the west bank of the Conwy River and offer opportunities to explore the uplands of the valley with beautiful lakeside walks and a number of historic monuments and attractions. History buffs appreciate the many churches, castles and historic houses to be found in the Conwy Valley.
Walk the Roman Road to the ancient church and holy well of Llangelynin above the village of Rowen. Walk in the footsteps of the Welsh Prince Llywelyn Fawr, Llewelyn the Great and climb the hill to one of Wales' most historic churches at Llanrhychwyn above the village of Trefriw.
There are many fine walks in the Conwy Valley and indeed one can often walk the hills and trails around the Conwy valley while seeing no one other than Larry the lamb and his woolly friends. The lakes of Llyn Geirionydd and Llyn Crafnant above the village of Trefriw combine to make a lakeside adventure that anyone whether experienced or novice walker could not fail to enjoy.
Cyclists and mountain bikers are well catered for with a growing number of dedicated cycle and mountain bike trails including the Gwydyr Forest Trails and the Penmachno Trails.
Access to the valley is via either the A470 (North Wales to South Wales road) which follows the line of the valley from Betws-y-Coed to Llandudno, or the Conwy Valley Railway line with stations at Betws-y-Coed, Llanrwst, Tal-y-Cafn, Glan Conwy, Llandudno Junction and Deganwy.
Renowned as a great holiday destination the Conwy Valley offers a wide choice of accommodation from camping and caravan sites to small bed and breakfasts and luxury hotels.
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