Plan your trip
Turn to Walk 24 in this issue. The church is open daily from dawn ‘til dusk, with services every third Sunday from Easter to Oct and for other celebrations. Many people walk up together from the Sychnant Pass, www.caruconwy. com/llangelynnin-old-church/
Rowen is four miles south of Conwy, via the B5106 and country lanes. Bus 19 from Llandudno runs via Conwy to Betws-y-Coed, and stops at the old Post Office in Rowen. Both Conwy and Betws have train stations.
WHERE TO STAY
Rowen Youth Hostel ( www. yha.org.uk/hostel/yha-rowen) has 20 beds in an old farmhouse above the village with gorgeous views across the Conwy Valley (beds from £18; Exclusive Hire only in winter when it’s £225 a night for the whole place). We stayed at the bigger hostel in Conwy ( www.yha. org.uk/hostel/yha-conwy) with beds from £15 (Exclusive Hire only Nov-Mar from £449pn – it sleeps 82). Or try Rowen’s Coed Mawr
Hall (01492 650922, www. coedmawrhall.com) which has five luxurious bedrooms and three selfcatering cottages. Double B&B rooms from £90pn, cottages from £311 a week (cottages only Nov-Feb, no B&B). Plenty of year-round options in Conwy.
WHERE TO EAT
Ty Gwyn (01492 650232, www.tygwyn-pub.com) is a cosy whitewashed pub in Rowen, with Welsh singing by the fire on Friday nights. The evening menu includes steak and ale pie (£13) and butternut curry (£10), with a roast on Sunday lunchtimes (two courses, £13). Open from 4pm on winter weekdays, from noon at weekends. On the lane towards Conwy there’s the Dutch
Pancake Café (01492 651063, www.conwywatergardens.co.uk) which serves 65 flavours of pancake, sweet and savoury. MORE INFORMATION See www.visitwales.com and www.visitsnowdonia.info or call Conwy TIC on 01492 577566.