Llanllechid uplands; days out weekend walk.
Where is it?
Between Bangor and Bethesda.
What's the attraction?
A circular walk with fine mountain, coastal and river views.
Howdo you get there?
Bus service between Bangor and Llandudno (Nos 5, X5, 9, 9A). Next stop after Talybont (map ref GR613 711). By car, park in the lay-by on the old A55 road between Talybont and Tan-y-Lon.
Howlong will it take?
It's eight miles, so at least five hours.
Moderate, with some gradual climbing. The highest point is 1,000ft.
Start at the lay-by mentioned above. Cross the road onto the pavement and bear left to a stone house. A footpath sign will direct you to a lane. Bear left along this lane for 100yds and then, at a footpath sign, turn right
After crossing over the A55, bear right for 150 yards, then go left through a wooden kissing gate. A green lane takes you up through fields to another gate into woodland
Follow the path to a gate and enclosed track. Carry on, keeping the wood on your left, uphill through pasture to a farmyard at Plas Uchaf. Pass left of the farmbuildings to emerge onto a metalled lane - there's a North Wales Path sign here
Go left along the lane for 800yds, passing a T-junction, until you see a footpath sign on the right. Take the track going right past Cae'r Ffynnon cottage and continue along this through several gates till you reach open country
Carry on upwards towards the shoulder of Moel Wnion, to a cairned path junction. Go right, towards Llanllechid. Ahead on the right you will see spoil heaps of the old Bryn Quarry
A track leads down to Bryn Hall. Follow this and go through a gate. Join a vehicle track leading downhill to a quarry pool and public road. Carry on down the road to a gate and path on your left leading to Llanllechid
Turn right and just beyond the village church, go left along a path which goes through a gate and over a wooden bridge, eventually reaching a country lane. Turn right, then left at the next footpath sign by a house
A few yards on go right, through a gate, and down the field to pass right of the Old Rectory. Soon you join the rectory drive, and at gate on the right, before the next cottage, take a path which leads to the A5
Go right, along the pavement, and recross the A5 just before Pont-y-Pandy, taking track to the right of house. Cross the Afon y Llan and follow a path keeping slate pillars on the left. Then bear halfright uphill, aiming for a gate (house on your left here). Follow the hedge on the right to a gate. Opposite is another gate where you join the North Wales Path. Follow a slate fence downhill and eventually come to a tarmac lane at Felin Cochwillan
Bear left here, keeping right of the buildings to reach a footbridge over the River Ogwen (Shaky Bridge). Follow this path onto a concrete road and walk under the A55. Carry on along the roadway until you reach Bangor Rugby Club and continue along the old A5 to Llandygai
Cross the road by the bus shelter and walk through the village to St Tegai's Church. Here you will see a lane between the church and the school. At the end of the lane you will come to a metal gate in the wall. Turn left here, over the River Ogwen and at Talybont Lodge cross the road and walk up to the village
Go under the railway bridge and take the footpath immediately on your left. After a gate, keep slate fencing on your right, follow a hedge round to kissing gate and onto the lane by a church. bear left and after 350yd your back to the start.
Llanllechid church, built in 1844, and (inset) walkers high on the uplands above the village