Les and I set off to do the recce for the next CHA walk at Conwy. We could not find a suitable walk in a guidebook, but we managed to find something on the internet. At only 7 miles it would not be long enough for an ‘A ’party walk but perhaps we could extend it !
Towards Conwy Mountain
We parked close to the castle and followed a path alongside the estuary. After passing a school, we turned inland to pick up signs for the North Wales Path (NWP) which we followed to climb gently through woodland onto Conwy Mountain. After 400 yards we left the main path to join a narrow track on the seaward side of the mountain. This gave us better views over the coast and a lovely view back to Conwy Castle and estuary.
View from the summit of Conwy Mountain.
We decided to extend our walk by climbing the adjacent mountain of Penmaen-bach. There seemed to be a faint path on the map leading to some field enclosures and then we should be able to find a way to the summit. I think we came the long way round but eventually we reached the top where we enjoyed marvellous views over the coastline.
View from the summit of Penmaen-bach
Our next objective was Alltwen. only a mile away but across a valley. There was no path but if we followed the line of an old fence it should lead us straight there. We trudged through the heather an eventually picked up a narrow path almost invisible in the heather. Our intention had been to have lunch at the summit but it was too windy and the bright conditions were fast disappearing. We headed quickly down to the Sychnant Pass where we found somewhere to shelter to have lunch.
Looking down onto the Sychnant Pass.
It was now 2.00pm and we had only completed 4.5 miles of our 10 mile walk. We had better get a move on. Plus, it had started to rain.
We followed the road down to Capelulo, hoping to gain some time but we were losing height. At Capelulo we turned left onto a track and began to climb steeply up towards Waen Gyrach. The next few miles were interesting!, navigating through mant intersecting paths across the moor. We had to rely on our GPS. By 4.00 pm we had only a couple of miles to go, just four fields and a descent through a wood. Navigating by moonlight would have been interesting but there was no moon. it was pitch black and pouring with rain. The beam of my penlight torch did not reach the ground but it did light up the map and GPS.
We got back to the car at 5.00 pm after 10 miles hard walking. We will have to shorten the walk on the day,