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A view of the village of Ysbyty Ifan, Gwynedd, on the River Conwy. There's a collection of Welsh-stone houses and an arched stone bridge over the river in the foreground.
The village of Ysbyty Ifan and the River Conwy | © National Trust Images/Ian Shaw

Ysbyty Ifan and Cwm Eidda walk

Go up into the hills on an old drovers' road to experience the views of Dyffryn Conwy and the Carneddau mountains.

Total steps: 10

Total steps: 10

Start point

Ysbyty Ifan car park, grid ref: SH842488

Step 1

Go out of the car park to the road, turn left and then almost immediately right onto the lane between the almshouses and the tall trees. Carry straight on up this lane, through two gates, until you reach a tarmac road.

Step 2

Turn right and follow the road up to the brow of the hill. If the weather is clear you'll have wonderful views from here down the Conwy Valley and across to Moel Siabod and the Carneddau mountains.

Step 3

Follow the tarmac road, ignoring the road that turns down to the right, and carry on round the hillside to the left. Go through a gate across the road, cross over a large stone bridge and carry straight on where the tarmac changes to a stony track.

Step 4

Cross the next bridge (Pont Rhyd-yr-Halen) and follow the track uphill until you come to a gate. Cross the stile by the gate and walk to the top of the small knoll for a view of the Snowdonia mountains.

Step 5

Go back to the track. Keeping the fence on your left-hand side, turn across the moorland. Go on until you get to a distinct left turn in the fence, then follow the waymarks downhill, bearing slightly right towards a stone wall and gate that is in the distance. Walk along the track parallel to this wall and go through the gate at the far end. Follow the rough track down the hill until you drop down steeply towards the farm of Eidda Fawr. Just before you reach the cow shed on the left, turn right and skirt the manure store to get to the stile.

Step 6

Go over the stile and cross the road, following the waymarks through the shed, and down the left-hand side of the field below the road. Cross the stream at the bottom and head for the far right-hand corner of the next field.

Step 7

Cross a wooden footbridge then head for the top right-hand corner of the field. Go through the gate and head for the stile at the top of the field, keeping the stream on your right. Climb over the stile and turn left, through the gate onto a rough track. Follow this until you come to a tarmac road at the top of a farmyard. Follow this road to the left, through a gate and past the next farm. Walk up the hill until you see a small bridge. Before you reach the bridge, go through the gate that faces you as you walk up the hill. Follow this track.

Step 8

Cross over the small stream on your left and carry on, following a faint rushy track and then an earth bank.

Step 9

Follow the waymark pointing across a track at the top of the hill back towards Ysbyty Ifan. The path follows the left-hand side of Coed y Fron, a mixed deciduous woodland. In spring the ground is covered with bluebells, primroses and wood anemones.

Step 10

When the path reaches the road, turn right and walk back into the village.

End point

Ysbyty Ifan car park, grid ref: SH842488

Trail map

Ysbyty Ifan and Cwm Eidda walk trail map
Ysbyty Ifan and Cwm Eidda walk trail map | © Crown copyright and database rights 2013 Ordnance Survey

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