North Wales Path
The North Wales Path is an excellent route that features a partly coastal path and has significant stretches that allow the walker to take in excellent hilly hinterland views. The path features varying levels of difficulty, with the western section being the most challenging. The most notable parts are climbing onto the moorlands below Moel Wnion and passing the Aber Falls.
While the walk is not an easy one and takes several days to complete, it offers some of the finest views along the coast and inland towards Snowdonia’s peaks.
The path runs from Prestatyn in the east to Bangor in the west. It is approximately 97 kilometres long and overlaps with the Wales Coastal Path in many places.
At the point where the two paths separate, the North Wales Path takes you to the scenic inland paths above Llanddulas and on the uplands of Conwy and Llanfairfechan as you head to Bangor.
There are numerous short walks that include interesting parts of this route that you can consider if you fancy shorter walks or don’t have the time for the longer walk.
The Nature of the Walk
The terrain of the walk varies depending on where you are on the route. It goes from uneven uplands to flat surfaces and finally surfaced promenades. Some parts of the path are more challenging than others and require proper preparation before setting off on the journey.
The total length of the path is about 97 kilometres. You can plan for shorter alternatives utilising the route depending on your preference. But there’s nothing like conquering the main thing. If you have the time and stamina, we recommend the full path.
Dogs are allowed on the path but should be kept on a lead at all times. Keep in mind that the walk grading ranges from easy to strenuous depending on your locations, the distance and the terrain of your selected walk.
How to Get to the Starting Point
There are several ways to get you to Llandudno – the starting point of the North Wales Path. You can get there by car, which is the easiest and the most convenient. You can also get there by train to the Llandudno Junction Meet and Greet. You can also get to the location by bus.
If you’re coming by car, there are several car parks along the route. In some of the car parks, parking charges may apply. It’s advisable to be aware of the charges beforehand.
What You Will Need
The North Wales Path is not the most strenuous walk. But it still requires ample preparation and gear for safety. You will need to pack appropriate footwear and clothing that are essential for walking. Being over-prepared is better because some of the patches are more challenging.
Ensure you have up-to-date weather forecast information before setting off on the journey. The last thing you want is to be blind-sided by the weather without the proper gear.
While walking on the roads, always keep to the right-hand side, and for groups, walk in a single file for safety.
Pubs, Cafes and Accommodation
There are plenty of stop-overs along the route to cater to all your needs. The most notable ones are the Valentine Inn in Llanddulas, which is perfect for refreshments. There’s also George & Dragon on Market Street in Abergele, where you can grab a nice meal in the outdoor sitting area.
If you would like to enjoy a pint, the Pen-y-Bryn in Colwyn Bay has excellent sea views and a lovely garden that you can enjoy. The pub also offers a tasty menu with the interior décor featuring an open fire and vintage décor.