Conwy Valley Villages
In a nutshell. Don’t rush through the valley – you’ll be missing out on lots to see.
Look upon the lovely Vale of Conwy as a lush, green interlude, sandwiched as it is between rocky Snowdonia and the open moors of Mynydd Hiraethog.
Its farmlands, riverbanks and hillsides are dotted with hamlets and villages.
From north to south, here are some of the highlights.
You get a real sense of the River Conwy opening up to meet the sea at Llansanffraid Glan Conwy, which enjoys superb views across the estuary, Conwy Castle and Snowdonia.
Felin Isaf Watermill on the outskirts is a Grade II Star listed 17th-century corn mill, in use until 1940 (not open to visitors but worth a look).
Also close by is Hendre Waelod burial chamber, dating back to around 3500BC, its massive capstone still intact.
Rowen’s reputation as one of the prettiest villages in Wales is well deserved.
It’s small and perfectly formed – no more than a few cottages, pub, church and post office...Just perfect!
From here head into the hills on the Roman Road walk, or visit the nearby Conwy Water Gardens, which have otters, a fishery, aquatic centre and reptile house.
Eglwysbach, another pretty village, is almost opposite Rowen on the other side of the valley.
Look out for its annual August jamboree, billed as ‘the Finest Village Agricultural and Horticultural Show in North Wales’.
Further down the valley at Dolgarrog you might want to get lost – in the nicest possible way – in the Conwy Valley Maze, the ‘world’s largest garden maze’ covering around two acres and containing many hidden surprises including a butterfly garden, tropical garden and Zen garden.
Both Dolgarrog and the neighbouring village of Tal-y-Bont are good walking bases for the Carneddau mountain range and the lake of Llyn Eigiau.
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