Huw Tom Upland Walk
Distance: 6 miles (9.6 km)
Time: 4.5 hours
Surface: Sidewalk / Grassy & Rocky Paths
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A straight-through walk from Penmaenmawr on the coast through the mountains paralleling the Convey Valley to the small town of Rowen, the Huw Tom Upland Walk is a walk through time, sprinkled with historical remnants and relics. The hike begins on Penmaenmawr’s Bangor Road. From there you head east toward the limestone headland of the Great Orme, and from there over open fields, past a farmhouse, and through the first of many kissing gates to a steep ascent toward the Jubilee Pillars, erected in 1888 to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Jubilee the previous year.
All along the route there are gates and stiles to pass through and over, including ancient stiles over high stone walls. There’s also a Neolithic stone circle of five stones, about half of which have been excavated and which you get to after passing through the village of Bryn Dedwydd,following the tree-lined track, then diverging onto the North Wales Path and then through a farm gate. You will need a keen eye if you’re going to find all the treasures these ancient fields hold. Don’t miss the Maen Crwn, a glacially carved round stone that is thought to have been used 4,000 years ago to mark an ancient trail, or the Maen y Bardd, a Neolithic burial chamber near a Roman trail that will lead you down to the trait’s end in Rowen.