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Walking the lanes round glan conwy; rambles and scrambles.

Byline: John Tanner

Where is it? Just south and east of the village of Glan Conwy in the Conwy Valley.

What's the attraction? Undemanding stroll but with fine views across the Conwy Valley to the Carneddau from a network of upland lanes.

How do you get there? Leave the A55 at the Llandudno/A470 exit and take the A470 south through Glan Conwy. Just beyond the village, look for a mill below road level to your right, opposite which is a turn-off which comes round in a semi-circle to rejoin the main road. Park in the turn-off (804 747).

How long does it take? About two hours. Difficulty rating? Easy. The walk sticks to lanes. There's a gradual height gain to the Conwy Valley's eastern ridge but no difficulty.

Let's go. . . Walk back down the A470 to a lane which turns off (right) just below where you parked.

At the first junction go right, uphill. The left turn takes you into Glan Conwy village.

The lane undulates pleasantly between fields but the general trend is uphill.

Soon you can look back across the Conwy Valley to a profile of its western wall, the Carneddau mountains, which is impressive at any time of day but best in late or early light.

Go right at the next junction and follow the lane up to a cross-roads, at which you go right again.

You're now on the ``back road'' to Llanrwst from the coast, the B5381, which follows the line of an ancient ridgeway.

Walk up this road to the first right turn, downhill, going right again, almost immediately.

You're now on a lane which winds back to your start point. It's often sunk down below hedgerows, as is the case for a good part of the walk.

This, and the gentle, pastoral scenery you pass through are a sharp contrast to the dry-stone walls and harsh landscapes only a few miles away across the valley in the Carneddau.

Not as exciting as a scramble in Snowdonia, but as pleasant an afternoon stroll as you're likely to find.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Sep 11, 2004
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