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  • Writer's pictureSusanne Devine

Walking from the front door...

I often post about walks and hikes you need a car to get to, so I thought, considering how many of my guests come by train and rely on public transport, I'll introduce you to some local walks this year.

This first one is a walk starting from the B&B going up to the Sychnant Pass and Conwy Mountain where you can enjoy views like these on clear sunny days:

Setting off after one of the tasty breakfasts I serve my guests, you walk up Fernbrook Road and follow the Old Road to Conwy (which was the main road to Conwy before the A55 was built) to Dwygyfylchi - any non-Welsh person wants to pronounce this? ;) - walking along the same road on to Capelulo where the road starts to ascend to the Sychnant Pass. Whilst this bit is along roads, there are pavements at most parts and the lanes aren't very busy with traffic.

If you need a break in Capelulo, there is the lovely old Fairy Glen Hotel where you can enjoy some refreshments.

Walking on up the windy slope to the Sychnant Pass and then come off the road, veering North along the public footpath.

Follow the path and choose whether you want to walk closer to the sea, along the cliffs, explore the lovely countryside with its heathland and lakes or even venture out towards the deserted quarry points where you get the most amazing views and can admire some left-over paraphernalia from that time.

Alternatively, just head for Conwy Mountain itself, the highest point on this walk, where you can see the remains of remnants of an old hill fort from the Iron Age.

The views over Conwy, the estuary and the coastline from here are just fabulous. The same has to be said for the views into the Carneddau, the northern most range of Eryri (Snowdonia).

Admittedly, this photo was taken on a misty November day, but it's night, right?

Now the choice is yours again - walk back the same way (whole walk comes to about 9 miles), with maybe a stop in Capelulo for some food and drink, walk back to Capelulo and take the hilly route over/around Moel Lus back to the B&B (roughly 11 miles in total, but more hills involved), or, continue all the way down into Conwy, for a mooch around this beautiful medieval town (walk this way for a 7.5 mile walk). If you choose option Conwy, you can take the bus/train back to Pen, if you don't fancy walking back ;).

This walk, whichever route you take, makes for a nice day out and I promise you'll be knackered by the end of the hike.

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