Maenan Abbey is a small and personally-run country house which is ideally located. Walkers can…
The Coed Dolgarrog NNR consists of woodland which stretches along the banks of the Afon Ddu on the steep western side of the Conwy Valley, about 6 miles south of Conwy. Two distinct types of woodland habitat exist within the reserve: semi-natural beech broadleaved woodland on the steep ground, and upland wet alder woodland, a very rare woodland type in Wales. This mixture of woodland habitats is important for wildlife and gives rise to an unusual diversity of plants on the woodland floor, including ramsons and enchanter’s nightshade. This in turn supports a range of invertebrates including a number of rare moths such as the pale pinion, brindled ochre, beautiful brocade and Blomer’s rivulet. Thirty-three species of birds are known to breed on the site, including pied flycatcher, wood warbler, redstart and buzzard. Peregrine falcons have also bred on the cliffs and mammals in the woods include badgers and lesser horseshoe bats.
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The majority of the population of Conwy lives along its picturesque coastline, while a third of the county falls within jaw-dropping landscape of the Snowdonia National Park. The town of Conwy, which takes its name from the county (which in turn was named after the river that runs through it), is undoubtedly one of the great treasures of Wales.
Three fine bridges – Thomas Telford’s magnificent suspension bridge of 1822, Robert Stephenson’s tubular railway bridge, and a newer crossing – all stretch over the estuary beneath the castle, allowing both road and the railway into this medieval World Heritage Site. Pride of place goes to the castle, dating back to 1287.
Conwy is the most complete walled town in Britain, with walls measuring an impressive six feet in thickness and 35 feet in height. The walkway along the top offers splendid over-the-rooftop views of the castle, the estuary and the rocky knolls of nearby village of Deganwy. At the wall’s end, steps descend to the quayside where fishermen sort their nets and squawking seagulls steal scraps.
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