Penmaenmawr Upland Walk
This picturesque walk takes you high into the Carneddau mountain range with stunning coast views, and if you are lucky like we were you may see some of the native Carneddau ponies.
The walk in part follows the Pilgrims Way and the North Wales Path past neolithic stone circles and the impressive Druid’s Circle. From the stone circles the walk heads back down a steep grassy path to Penmaenmawr, and then back up to the start of the walk along Mountain Lane.
Distance: Approx. 3 miles
Time: Approx. 2 Hours
Difficulty: Moderate (steep ascent & descent)
Postcode for Sat Nav: LL34 6YP (approx.)
Grid Ref: SH 730 760
Ordnance Survey Map: OS Explorer OL 17 Snowdon / Yr Wyddfa
Mountain Lane parking by the Jubilee Path Pillars
Mountain Lane is a single track road, steep with high hedges; you may decide not to take one of our campers up Mountain Lane in case you meet on coming traffic as one of you will have to reverse. If you don’t want to chance it then there is plenty of parking in the village.
1. Leaving Jubilee Path Pillars behind you walk inland following the track.
2. At the first junction take the track on the right hand side. Continue past a farm to your left and go through a gate.
3. Continue along the track past Bryn Derwydd, on your right, along the tree-lined track.
4. Just before the last tree follow the North Wales Path waymarkers up to the right.
5. Go through the field gate and continue to follow these waymarkers past a signpost and up to the left. To your left you will see a small circle of five boulders and ahead the Druids’ Circle.
The small circle of five boulders dates from 1300 – 1000 B.C. Excavations between 1958-9 revealed two three sided cists (burial chambers), which are stone slabs placed on end forming a cavity. Each contained a cremation burial which in one case was sealed by a layer of quartz pebbles.
6. Follow the path around the right hand side of the Druids’ Circle.
Thirty stones make up this unevenly spaced circle, with a diameter of roughly 80 feet. The stones are elevated on a rough bank of rubble, and entrance is through a group of 4 stones set 8 feet apart. Despite the name, this stone circle has no connection whatever with the druids; in fact, it predates the druids by some 2000 years. The circle probably dates to the Neolithic period and may be as much as 5000 years old.
7. From the Druid's Circle aim for the stonewall below. At the wall follow the track to the corner of the wall. At this point turn off the track to follow the wall down to a kissing gate.
8. Go through the kissing gate and over a bridge. At the first fork in the path take the lower path down the hillside.
9. At Graiglwyd farm, go through a kissing gate and follow the track around the right hand side of the farm buildings to Graiglwyd Road and turn right to continue down the road.
10. Immediately after the entrance to Craiglwyd Hall Caravan Park on your right, follow the public footpath towards Graigllwyd Springs Fly Fishing and Holiday Cottages.
11. With the Caravan Park on your right continue along the public footpath around the back of the Fly Fishing pond.
12. Turn left after the stile following the farm track, then head straight following the public foot path across the fields towards Mountain Lane.
13. At Mountain Lane, turn right and head up the hill back to your car parked at Jubilee Pillars
Please note. These directions are for guidance only, we can accept no responsibility for any loss, damage or injury resulting from the use of this information. Always take a map with you and be prepared for the weather to turn. Do not venture out in bad weather and always take care with coastal tides.