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  Times Past above Rowen

A historical treasure trove, ideal for the curious rambler.

Roads and track ways peter out into high pastures, moorland and craggy countryside above this idyllic, sleepy little village beside the turbulent Afon Roe. For thousands of years these windswept uplands have been settled and farmed by humans, and their monuments, buildings and rituals have left a rich resource both for the professional archaeologist and the curious rambler. Although challenging in parts this walk could be done as an afternoon walk after lunch at the village inn or tearoom or on a day trip from one of the Conwy Valley's resorts. It offers a snapshot of this areas long history. You'll pass standing stones and old homesteads, hill fort and burial chambers, ancient field boundaries and medieval chapel amidst a landscape of strange, rounded gorse forests and sudden hilltops.

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DISTANCE:
c. 5 miles (8 km)
TIME:
Allow 2-3 hours
TERRAIN:
Steep to start, then filed paths and tracks
PARKING:
Bottom end of Rowen, near the public convenience sign
REFRESHMENTS:
Pub, tearoom an shop in Rowen
LOCATION:
Rowen is 4 miles south of Conwy and is signposted off the B5106 road between Conwy and Trefriw.
PUBLIC TRANSPORT:
Daily buses to Rowen from Llandudno, Conwy, Llanrwst and Betws-y-Coed
PUBLIC CONVENIENCES:
Near start
O.S. DETAILS:
Start from Rowen O.S. Outdoor Leisure 17
GRID REF:
760 720


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