Llandudno & Colwyn Bay Walks
Date: 1st Apr 2012
Distance: 2.3 miles
Ascent: 400 feet
Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
With: On my own
Start Grid Ref: SH837806
A short but very interesting walk up on to Bryn Euryn, a small hill with big views.
Route Summary: Elwy Road - Rhos Road - Summit Trail - Bryn Euryn - Summit Trail - Tan-y-Bryn Road - Llandrillo Church - Church Road - Elwy Road
1. The wooded slopes of Bryn Euryn above Rhos-on-Sea
2. The remains of the medieval hall of Llys Euryn
3. One of the woodland paths on the slopes of Bryn Euryn
4. The limestone cliffs to the south of the summit
5. Flowering blackthorn
6. The top of Bryn Euryn looking to the Gwynt y Mor windfarm
7. On Bryn Euryn looking out over Colwyn Bay
8. Little Orme and Penhryn Bay
9. Rhos-on-Sea from Bryn Euryn
10. Llandrillo Parish Church
Walk Detail: Returning to our accommodation in Rhos-on-Sea from an enjoyable first visit to Llandudno and Great Orme I began looking through some leaflets in the house we were staying in and came across one for the Rhos-on-Sea Heritage Trail. Part of the trail visited the nearby hill of Bryn Euryn and so whilst everyone else relaxed after our morning walk I popped out for this short expedition, direct from the house we were staying in.
Early on in the walk I came across the substantial remains of Llys Euryn, a medieval manor house. Following the waymarked 'Summit Trail' I climbed up through some pleasant woods before emerging near a dramatic limestone scar. From there it was a short walk up to the summit passing along the way some substantial patches of flowering blackthorn.
The top was marked by a trig point, an information board and the scant remains of a hillfort and a WWII Radar Station. The views were excellent, particularly to the east over Colywn Bay and north across Rhos-on-Sea where the newly constructed Gwynt y Mor windfarm was quite prominent.
After spending a bit of time exploring the summit I descended across an open grassy area before re-entering the woods. Rather than retracing my steps all the way back to the house I made a detour to take a look at Llandrillo Parish Church. Originating from the 13th century the church tower has an unusual square turret which apparently once acted as a lookout post to warn of pirate attacks!
This was a short but very enjoyable little ramble and I would strongly recommend a visit to Bryn Euryn to anyone staying in Rhos-on-Sea.