Route 1 Llandudno / Conwy from M62 / M56

Route 1 M62/56 to Llandudno / Conwy

This route started many years ago to break the journey up, but as we find more you have to pick and choose what to see or it would take ages.

 

LLandudno from The Little Orm. Image kindly supplied by https://www.origins-photography.co.uk/

 

Let’s start with Llandudno.
Landudno is a spectacular seaside resort that has been a settlement since before the iron age the Victorians expanded it over 150 years ago, the railway station prompted its growth, It has two Blue Flag beaches both with spectacular views, a pier, punch and Judy, donkey rides etc. with plenty to see and do but the journey on the way can be just as good.

Take the M56 towards North Wales
Head for the A55 Conwy

Next target place Dyserth
Leave the A55 at junction 31 signposts for Dyserth A5151
Its handy for a toilet stop as there is a large garage with a Greggs and McDonelds
It’s a short drive to Dyserth through some spectacular views as its part of the Clewydian hills range and an area of outstanding natural beauty

https://www.dyserth.com/Dyserth-Guide-Web.pdf
https://www.dyserth.com/history.html

As you go through the village turn right following the sign for the waterfall.

Images kindly supplied by Peter J Robinson https://www.dyserth.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There is a small carpark, its 50p to go to the waterfall, you can take a small circular walk through the woods and across a stream with some very nice views.

In 1973 a Film was made Holiday on The Buses, it was a spin off from a TV series On the Buses.

It was filmed in the area outside the waterfall and Rhuddlan Castle amongst other places. The Fan club still run an annual trip to Pointins each September.

Club http://www.onthebusesfanclub.com/index.html

Trip  http://www.onthebusesfanclub.com/id195.html

Next place Prestatyn
As its so close you might as well see the Roman Bath house at Prestatyn, its free!

Images kindly supplied by Howard Williams https://howardwilliamsblog.wordpress.com


As you leave Dyserth on the A5119 passing the New Inn on the left to come to a crossroads
Turn right towards Prestatyn A547
Head for the Roman bath House Melyd Ave, Prestatyn LL19 8RT its sign posed but easy to miss, if you get to Aldi you have missed it.
Prestatyn town is a nice place for a waner around with plenty of independent eating places.
The breakfast here is fantastic.
https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g551989-d7004337-Reviews-Kim_s_Kitchen-Prestatyn_Denbighshire_North_Wales_Wales.html

Medium breakfast at Kims kitchen

162 High Street, Prestatyn LL19 9BW

https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g551989-d7004337-Reviews-Kim_s_Kitchen-Prestatyn_Denbighshire_North_Wales_Wales.html

If you fancy Fish and Chips
https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g551989-d1319163-Reviews-Karls_Fish_Chips-Prestatyn_Denbighshire_North_Wales_Wales.html
8 Station Road, Prestatyn LL19 7HF

Next place Rhuddlan

Leave Prestatyn the way you came in on the A547 heading to Rhuddlan use the Castle Post code for a route
Castle St, Rhuddlan LL18 5AD

Rhuddlan Castle is a castle located in Rhuddlan, Denbighshire, Wales. It was erected by Edward I in 1277
We just drive past as the entrance fee is a bit steep at £4 each unless there is a special event
https://cadw.gov.wales/daysout/rhuddlancastle/?lang=en

Past the castle over the bridge ( featured in the 60s film Holiday on the buses) If you are a fan click here http://www.onthebusesfanclub.com

Next target place Rhos On Sea

At the rounderbout go straight across A547 Ffordd Abergele this is an original roman road at the end you will come to a MacDonalds ( Handy wee stop) and a large pet shop.
Re join the A55 heading to Conwy
Leave the A55 at junction 22 follow the promenade signs wich will take you to Colwyn bay a long blue flag beach, excellent for bike rides, kite flying etc.

Colwyn Bay beach looking towards Rhos Image kindly supplied by Beach Guide Wales http://beachguide.wales/index.php

A very handy site for checking out beaches.

Continue along the Promanade until you reach Rhos on Sea a small seas side town with a few shops and nice eating places.

Rhos town and beach from the air, the beach near the town centre is the best. Image copyright Maldimo52

The beach is also nice and there is a very good free kids playground and paddling pool just out of the centre on the promenade road.
https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attraction_Review-g1918560-d7720746-Reviews-Rhos_on_Sea_Paddling_Pool-Rhos_on_Sea_Conwy_County_North_Wales_Wales.html

Abbey Road, Rhos-on-Sea LL28 4NG

Rhos has a few nice shops selling the essentials and a few pubs, cafe’s etc.

If you like Ice cream this place is good but not cheap.

https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g1918560-d3211714-Reviews-Forte_s-Rhos_on_Sea_Conwy_County_North_Wales_Wales.html

 

St Trillo’s Chapel, Marine Drive, Rhos-on-Sea

This tiny building is thought to be the smallest church in the British Isles. It has enough seats for just six people. The chapel is named after St Trillo, a 6th-century saint who built his cell here. Communion services are still held in the church.

The building has been heavily repaired over the centuries, and its age is unknown. St Trillo’s cell was probably made of wood and wattle, although he may have built a wall of stones gathered from the beach to protect the structure from winds.

The spring inside the chapel provided St Trillo with drinking water. You can still see the well in front of the altar, if the chapel is unlocked. This water source would have influenced his decision to build his cell at this spot. For centuries, this well supplied the water for baptisms across the extensive medieval parish of Llandrillo. It also had a long tradition of being a healing well.

St.Trillo’s Chapel
Internal view

 

If you fancy something totally different try this Bryn Euryn

Bryn Euryn is a prominent limestone hill overlooking Rhos on Sea, with fine views from the summit. It is a rich mixture of grassland and woodland, part of it being a Site of Special Scientific Interest.  It also has great historical interest with Llys Euryn – a house dating from the 15th century – and a hilltop fort from the 6th century.  It is well served by a network of paths, including the Summit Trail, which links Llys Euryn and the fort at the summit

Next target place Angel Bay to see the seals.

Lots of good info here

https://theresagreen.me/little-orme-rhiwledyn-nature-reserve/grey-seal-halichoerus-grypus/

Angel Bay is an inlet on the Little Orme’s Headland on the North Wales Coast. Known locally as Angel Bay it has been given the Welsh title of Porth Dyniewaid on the Ordnance Survey maps.  Dolphins porpoises, seals and a wide variety of birds from kittiwakes, gulls, razorbills, fulmars and cormorants visit Angel Bay.

Care has to be taken to avoid disturbing the seals, especially at seal pupping time, which is normally late August through until November (but seals will also ‘haul-out’ on to the shore for moulting in January through to April). At Angel Bay however it is easy to avoid disturbing the seals – just stay on top of the bank, surrounding the bay – it’s a great viewpoint. Keep dogs quiet and on a lead.

This link shows some of the walks around the area

http://www.conwy.gov.uk/en/Resident/Leisure-sport-and-health/Coast-and-Countryside/Assets/documents/Llandudno-Area-Walks.pdf

Head to Penrhyn Bay, the best land mark is the Co-op supermarket post code LL30 3NL

https://finder.coop.co.uk/food/store/LL30-3NL/glan-y-mor-road

Angel bay is a short walk through the housing estate behind the Co-op, about 10 – 20 minutes flat easy walk depending on where you can park.

Next over the Little Orm to Llandudno

The Little Orme is a limestone headland east of Llandudno

It is less developed than its bigger and more famous neighbour, the Great Orme, which makes it great for exploring and a haven for wildlife.

It is readily accessible on foot from Llandudno promenade or by bike (NCN route 5).

The North Wales Wildlife Trust manages 5 hectares of the Little Orme, Rhiwledyn nature reserve. Distinctive plants of limestone grassland can be found here, such as Hoary rockrose and Dropwort, and the areas of scrub are ideal for many nesting bird species.

Next stop Llandudno /  Conwy.

Llandudno

Lots to do but I would start by looking at this video to give you some ideas.

Or Conwy

These will give you a taster as they are very different, I will add a separate page for each place.

Home the way you came or A55