The North Wales Path
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The North Wales Path Route Map and GPX Download
The North Wales Path Details
This a long distance footpath that starts off in Prestatyn and ends in Bangor, crossing some diverse terrain on the way.
Download a leaflet with maps from the Conwy Council site – here.
The ‘official’ route goes in the opposite direction, but that seems a strange choice when you consider that the highlight of the route (doubtlessly Aber) is then passed on the first morning. Doing it this way keeps you interested as you complete the more, ahem, ‘flat’ sections in the middle. So starting off at Prestatyn Railway Station, you initially head inland towards Dyserth before heading back for the coast at Kinmael Bay. The next section to the Orme passes a lot of caravans and through urban areas, with the bimble over Mynydd Marian the only inland section. The coastal walking here is pleasant enough, but expect to be passing dog walkers and people out for a stroll as opposed to your usual long distance paths. The offshore windfarms are highly visible / intrusive – depending on your viewpoint.
Llandudno’s prom is quickly passed, unless you want to go shopping, and the Orme at least provides an interesting coastal walk, even if it is on tarmac. Past Deganwy and you cross the Conwy and into the walled town of the same name.
The terrain now changes in nature and takes you properly away from settlements and it does start to feel remote in places, even if you’re never more than a few Km from the busy A55 expressway. An unfortunate descent along a pleasant green path means you’ve got to reascend back to the Roman Road and again down to Aber and back up to the falls. From Conwy to the falls, you will have climbed the equivelent or more than any of the paths up Snowdon, so no wonder your legs hurt!
All that’s left is a half day stroll high above the coast on the flanks of Moel Wnion before descending to Bangor. With a bit of imagination, you could complete an equivlenent route on a mountain bike, with an easy path all the way to the Orme, and a bit of imagination can then see you across the moors above Penmaenmawr and over to Aber. You can’t cycle to the falls, but you can always lock up and walk up. This would also make a decent challenge walk – anyone for completing it as a 24 hour walk?