Llanrwst, known as the ‘capital’ of the Vale of Conwy, dwells in the shadow of neighbour Betws-y-Coed.

This pretty market town on the edge of Snowdonia National Park was once the largest wool market in north Wales.

Pont Fawr

Nowadays people flock to this area for leisure. In summer time the three-arched bridge over the Conwy becomes a vibrant spot for families who like to enjoy themselves along the riverside.

The bridge leads to Tu Hwnt i’r Bont, a beautifully restored 15th-century house now owned by the National Trust and turned into a traditional Welsh Tea Room.

Gwydir Castle

Set back from the western banks of the Conwy, Gwydir Castle is regarded as one of the finest Tudor houses in Wales. The castle was formerly the ancestral home of the powerful Wynn family.

By 1994, the house and garden had fallen into dereliction. Its restoration has taken over twenty years to complete and is still a work-in-progress by its current owners.

The historic gardens are amongst the very few in Wales accorded Grade 1 listed status and are most definitely worth a visit.

Images by Cool Places Britain | tuhwntirbont.co.uk

Before visiting Llanrwst we headed for Swallow Falls. A short 2-mile circular starting from Ty’n Llwyn car park will take you to this spectacular torrent.

From Llanrwst a 3,5-mile circular takes you towards the east of the village. On a clear day you can enjoy spectacular views of the Conwy Valley, Moel Siabod and the Carneddau range of mountains.

Gwydir Forest Park

Or you can head for Gwydir Forest Park which lies in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park and encircles the village of Betws-y-coed.

Waymarked walks start from several Natural Resources Wales car parks in Gwydir Forest Park.

Try Lady Mary’s Walk. This short historic walk takes in some fantastic viewpoints giving glimpses

of the old market town of Llanrwst.

Two red graded mountain bike trails, Gwydir Mawr and Gwydir Bach, start from the car parks at Sawbench and Hafna.

Cool Places to Explore: Gwydir Forest Park | Pontcysyllte Aqueduct | Cader Idris.