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  History in Stone above Penmaenmawr

In the footsteps of Neolithic Man
The small resorts of Penmaenmawr – “Head of the Great Stone” – and Llanfairfechan stand below old granite quarries laced by tramway inclines and backed by waves of hills rising to the high Carneddau Mountains . These industrial relics, which produced the millions of cobbles that paved the streets of Lancashire 's towns and cities, are newcomers compared with the long history that unfolds us this walk climbs steeply up to the lonely moors. We follow an ancient trackway richly endowed with stone circles and other traces of our stone-age ancestors. On these slopes at Graiglwyd was a Neolithic axe factory, one of the most important in Britain , whilst nearby is the sublime Druid's Circle (Meini Hirion), with thirty stones, ten still standing. Magnificent views draw the eye inland to the mountains and across the bay to Anglesey and the Great Orme.  This is a linear (one-way) walk. The best idea is to park in Penmaenmawr (there's a car park opposite the station) and catch a train (about one very 90 minutes, not Sundays) to Llanfairfechan or take a service 5 bus from the main street (every half hour, hourly Sundays) towards Caernarfon.

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DISTANCE : c. 6 miles (10 km)
TIME: Allow 3 hours
TERRAIN: some steep ascents and descents on byroads, good firm grassy paths.
START: Llanfaifechan Promenade
REFRESHMENTS: pubs, hotels, tearooms and shops in both towns.
LOCATION: Llanfairfechan is on the main A55, 7 miles west of Conwy
PUBLIC TRANSPORT: Trains and buses link Penmaenmawr and Llanfairfechan.
PUBLIC CONVENIENCES: Penmaenmawr and Llanfairfechan
O.S. DETAILS: OS Map Explorer sheet OL17
GRID REF: SH 680755

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