Llandudno / Conwy scenic route
M62/ 56 head for A55 North Wales.
Take the exit for Mold ( Yr Wyddgrug in Welsh)
Mold is a nice small town and ideal first stop for a toilet break etc.
Leave Mold and take the A494 towards Ruthin
You will pass a few places worth noting on the way.
Cilcain is a tiny village that hosts an excellent village show and fun run August Bank Holiday weekend
Loggerheads Country Park is a short drive off route too.
You will have some excellent views on the way to Ruthin.
Through Ruthin head for the A5 Betws y coed.
Once on the A5 look out for some of the passing attractions.
Go Karting just before Glasfryn
If you are looking for an excellent Glamping experience or B&B just off the A5 near Nebo is this fantastic site.
Carry on down the A5 now two places that are hidden gems and many people just drive past, they are similar but different and both worth visiting, you will come to The Conwy Falls Forest Park on the left
Sat Nav LL24 0PN.
The Cafe building is based on a design by the famous Welsh architect Clough Williams-Ellis of Portmeirion fame. The spectacular Conwy falls runs through the deep gorge of the Fairy Glenn, set in 10 acres of SSSI designated ancient native woodland which I am told has over 32 different species of bird in it. Laced with paths, viewpoints and glades, the Forest Park can be enjoyed by placing a £1 coin per person in the turnstile next to the café. Although the paths are steep and often muddy, it’s worth the walk
If you come out of the café, turn left down the hill and take the first left you will come to Fairy Glen, (Sat Nav LL24 0SH Is a B&B next to the turning)
Matt’s video below gives you a good idea of the walk and the photo opportunities:
This is at the other end of what you have just seen. It’s £1 to park and 50p each to get in, take change as it’s an honesty box to help maintain the footpaths. It has two routes, one to the Fairy Glen and the other is an easier route to the river, both are lovely they also have nice picnic tables dotted about, but like the earlier location the paths near the river can be steep and muddy so take care. For anyone who isn’t too good on their feet just stick to the river path at Fairy Glen as it is the least challenging.
It is ideal for picnics and they allow well behaved dogs which must be on a lead as there is livestock in the area.
When you leave the Glen it is only a short distance in the Betws y Coed which has many attractions, or a 35 minute scenic drive down the A470 Conwy Valley to Llandudno or Conwy.
You will pass a few attractions
It’s basically a collection of interesting activities, high ropes, giant swing, woodland rollercoaster etc… not cheap but different.
It’s beautiful but very expensive at £35 for a family ticket or £14 each unless there is a deal on. (March 2019 price check)
If you fancy going to several National Trust places its worth looking at a years membership or it can be expensive.
The difficult decision is Llandudno or Conwy as they are very near each other but so different.
Llandudno West Shore Beach stay for the sunset
You can drive home the way you came or via the A55.