I have only visited Conwy Mountain once before and that was a long time ago and certainly not in mid Summer so being in the area when the heather is in full bloom I took the opportunity to take another look.
Conwy Mountain is only 783 feet high so reasonably accessible for most people. Its Welsh name is Mynydd y Dref ( Mountain of the Town) and at the summit, there are fantastic views over the North Wales coastline.
Despite visiting North Wales over many years I hadn’t realised that the whole of this area is included within the Snowdonia National Park although having now undertaken a more extensive visit I can fully understand why.
There are a number of ways to access the mountain but I decided to park in the lower car park in the Sychnant Pass (Dry Valley) and walk up from there. The initial part of the walk is a steep incline with a stunning view down the Sychnant Pass on your left but it soon levels out for a while before more gradual slopes to reach the summit.
The hill on the right of the image above is the lower slope of Allt Wen part of the Carneddau mountain range and can be seen below when looking to the west from one of the paths on Conwy Mountain with Allt Wen on the right and the lower slope of Foel Lus on the left and Penmaenmawr mountain in the background. I should just mention at this stage that my walk on Conway Mountain was over two days hence the differing weather conditions. The image of Allt Wen was captured on day one when the weather conditions deteriorated late afternoon so I decided to return the next day when the conditions were considerably better. The track you can see in the distance and the one in the lower part of the image is the one I continued to follow to reach the summit.
There are so many different paths and areas to explore across the mountain so it was a while before I did reach the summit but as you can see from the following images by taking different paths you can certainly discover views and experiences that you won’t see if you go straight to the summit. I hope you agree.
Partway up and this is just one of the many splendid views across to the Great Orme with one of my favourite subjects – a lone tree almost surrounded by the heather. Coupled with the better light these were the most vibrant areas I found and I had the place to myself in the middle of August – can you believe it? There is even a wooden bench to rest and take in the view. You have to find the spot first though.
Now one from almost at the summit looking out to Llandudno over the Conwy Sands. On the upper left, you can see the start of the Great Orme the full extent of which you can see above.
Has some may be aware I enjoy on occasions focussing on the more detailed parts of the landscape more of which you can see in my Intimate Landscapes collection so I just had to include one from the mountain which features heather set against the light grey rocks which are prevalent in the area. You will notice that I have not titled this as I have not yet thought of an appropriate one.
So here is something I have never done before. Just post your suggested title in the comment box below and sign up for the Newsletter and for the lucky person whose suggestion I choose, I will send to them completely free of charge an 18″ by 12″ print of your choice from those featured in this article.
Moving on and I finally reach the summit of Conwy Mountain and even though there are more people around I was still surprised it was not busier at this time of year in the holiday season. I think most people climb up from Conwy rather than from Sychnant Pass so although car parking in the Pass is limited I would still suggest giving it a try.
So that was Conwy Mountain and I can highly recommend a visit especially at this time of year with the heather in full bloom. Even though it was a couple of weeks ago when I visited if you are quick you may still be able to catch the colours that I witnessed.
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