Conwy Town Walls Walk, as its name suggests, is located in the town of Conwy, North Wales.
Conwy Town Walls were constructed between 1283 and 1287 by King Edward I of England, following his conquest of Wales and the foundation of the town of Conwy.
The Town Walls, along with Conwy Castle, were designed to protect the English settlers, the inhabitants of the town, from the Welsh. They include twenty-one towers, three double tower gatehouses, and stretch for over 3/4 of a mile (1.3 km).
The Town Walls Walk is in two sections: the Castle to Mill Gate Tower section (bordering the Rose Hill Street car park); and the Llywelyn’s Tower to the Quayside section.
The location of Conwy Railway Station causes a short break in the walk between Mill Gate and Llywelyn’s Tower.
At the Rose Hill Street car park (close to Conwy Castle), climb the steps at the southeast corner of the car park. Bear to the right (west) along the top of the wall. There are fine views
from the battlements of the Conwy River estuary, the Gyffin valley, and the slopes of Tal-y-fan. This short (100metres) section of the walk finishes at Mill Gate Tower. Descend the steps at Mill Gate Tower and exit the car park bearing left along Rose Hill Street as far as Rosemary Lane. Bear left along Rosemary Lane and left again behind the Catholic Church before rejoining the walls at Llywelyn’s Tower.
Having climbed Llywelyn’s Tower, bear right and, after passing Upper Gate Tower, continue up to the highest point on the walls, the Watch Tower (Twr Gwylio). The section to the Watch Tower is actually quite steep but it is well worth the effort, as the view from the top of the tower encompasses not only the entire town, including the castle and the estuary, but also the hills of Tal-y-fan and Conwy Mountain.
From the wonderful views at the Watch Tower it is all down hill, literally, as the north wall descends to the quayside.
The history of the old town – including the medieval street layouts - is discernible from the top of the walls: the rows of terraced houses under slate roofs, butt up to the walls - for the commoners; the crowstepped gables of Plas Mawr, the Elizabethan Manor House - for the gentry; the historic Clock Tower of Saint Mary’s Church - for the godly; and the massive towers of Conwy Castle - for Edward and all the king’s men.
Continue down the north wall to the quayside and the end of the Conwy Town Walls Walk, from where there are more fine views of the castle, the harbour, the Conwy Estuary and the hills of Deganwy.
Descend by the postern gate steps to the quayside and the end of the official walls walk. You have the option to continue along the quayside toward the castle to view the remainder of the walls (East Walls) and return to the Car Park at Rose Hill Street.
However, I would strongly recommend pausing awhile and entering the High Street via the Lower Gate Arch; grabbing a bag of fish and chips at the Galleon Fish and Chip Shop on the corner and returning to a quayside bench to enjoy the best take away meal around!
Sorry folks, I am not a big fan of all the health and safety advice that gets pushed down our throats; however, I have to say that the Conwy Town Walls Walk is not safe for children unless they are under close supervision, really close supervision. There are 50ft drops at the side of the pathway guarded only by an inadequate (for small children) rail.
The walk, although not strenuous for an average person, does have some quite steep and uneven steps.
There is no access for wheelchairs.
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