Places to go - Betws y coed
The inscription on Thomas Telford’s ornate iron arch proudly announces that the Waterloo Bridge was built in 1815 to commemorate Wellington’s victory over Napoleon. The bridge straddles the River Llugwy at Betws-y-Coed, one of the prettiest villages in North Wales, a short distance from where the river tumbles down a series of rocks at the picturesque Swallow Falls
Betws-y-Coed is recognised as Wales' most famous inland resort. It has been drawing artists, climbers and tourists for well over a century and continues to attract them in droves.
A popular visiting spot so try to arrive early at busy times of the year, parking in the car park almost at the end of the B5106. (You might first want to walk into the village and visit the Snowdonia National Park Information Centre, which has information on walks and on the wildlife in the Gwydyr Forest Park.)
The three tributaries of the River Conwy meet at Betws-y-Coed, the Llugwy, the Lledr and the Machno. They have brought together such a wealth of mountain, river and woodland scenery. The area has been an artist's paradise from early days with its spectacular waterfalls and wooded scenery.
Ideally located for a day out, walking, climbing or trekking, equipment hiring or buying is well catered for and there are also several tearooms and restaurants available, catering for all needs
The village became a holiday resort with the coming of the railways and some of the grandeur of the past can be glimpsed in the refurbished and still working station.
The village is also an important setting off point for further exploration - you can find marked trails leading out from the village to some popular attractions including the Fairy Glen, the Ugly House and Swallow Falls. These falls have become world-famous for the ferocity and beauty of the white foam produced by the river pouring into a sharp ravine.
|Location||Distance (miles)||Time (minutes)|
|Betws y coed||20||30|