Sychnant Pass and St Celynin’s Church
Easy B walk, 7.5 miles / 12.1 km
This is a scenic walk, with great views of the Conwy valley and later the North Wales coast. Starting from the car park just below the summit of Sychnant Pass, we walk along hill tracks, field paths, quiet lanes and bridleways to one of Snowdonia’s remotest ancient churches, St Celynin’s. We return via a section of the North Wales Path visiting the lovely Llyn-y-Wrach lake.
It’s an upland, but fairly flat, walk, approximately 550m of ascent. No big hills to climb, or steep descents. In the main there are good paths, though we do have to negotiate a slightly awkward section of a couple of hundred yards through bracken and a short stretch of woodland where the path all but disappears.
St Celynin’s church is rather special, we’ll take time to explore inside.
We start the walk from the Snowdonia National Park Sychnant Pass car park (map ref SH 755768). If driving, take the A55 for North Wales, exiting at junction 18 for Conwy. Drive to Conwy and follow the one way system through Conwy, past the railway station, and under the town walls. Turn left up Mount Pleasant. At T junction turn right, uphill, past the youth hostel. Continue along the Sychnant Pass Road, past a road and car park on left, onwards and upwards, past the entrance to Penysychnant Nature Conservation Centre on right. Shortly after this, the car park is signposted on left, before reaching the top of the pass.