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Bodnant Gardens from Conwy

Visit the beautiful Bodnant Gardens, which are among the half dozen most famous in the UK, cycling via very quiet country lanes that offer varied and delightful views of the Conwy valley. The gardens are open between the beginning of March and the end of October. They belong to the National Trust and for non-members of the Trust there is a charge for admission. Allow at least an hour for visiting the gardens.

Unlike all the other on-road rides on this site, this is not a circular ride but the return to the start is simply via the outward route in reverse. (Experienced, confident cyclists may choose to return to Conwy by a shorter way partly using the A470 trunk road, but not only is this road often busy it has two or three narrow blind and hilly bends where overtaking traffic sometimes passes uncomfortably close.) 

Photos of the ride

Route: Conwy - Gyffin - Henryd - Ty-n-Groes - Tal-y-Cafn - Bodnant (return the same way)

Distance: 15 miles (7½ miles each way)

Ascent: 260 metres. The ride has two or three steep climbs. These are noticeably tougher on the outward leg than on the return. There is a steep pull soon after Henryd but fortunately it is only a short one. Longer and so more demanding is the ascent after crossing the A470 at Tal-y-Cafn.

Start: Conwy's long stay car park (payment) just outside the town walls on the B5106 road to Trefriw: Grid Ref 783774

Sketch map of cycle ride from Conwy to Bodnant Gardens

Turn Right out of the long stay car park 

Go through the village of Gyffin and Straight Ahead at the crossroads signposted Henryd 1½

Turn Right at T Junction just after Henryd village school on the left

Turn 1st Left and go up hill signposted Rowen

Turn Right at T Junction

Turn 1st Left soon after passing fish farm entrance on your right

Turn Left at T Junction

Go Straight Ahead at crossroads in Ty'n-Groes village (Llew Coch - Red Lion -pub on your right) signposted Tal-y-Cafn

Continue over bridge over river Conwy and Cross the A470 trunk road (Take care!) to Go Up Lane immediately opposite the Tal-y-Cafn hotel

Turn Right at T Junction signposted Eglwsbach

Turn First Left signposted Bodnant

Bodnant Gardens Car Park is on the Right after half a mile


RETURN following the outward route:

Turn Left out of Bodnant Gardens car park

Turn First Right

Turn First Left

Go across A470 (Left & then immediate Right)

Straight ahead across cross roads at T'yn Groes

Turn First Right

Turn First Right

Turn First Left

Turn First Right at bottom of steep hill

Turn First Left by Henryd school

Go straight ahead at crossroads in Gyffin


The ride has two main attractions: the enchanting scenery of the lower Conwy valley viewed from quiet lanes, and the world famous gardens at Bodnant, which probably reach their peak of efflorescence in May but never fail to delight at all seasons. The gardens have surprisingly varied landscaping and fine views of the Carneddau hills of Snowdonia. The pièce-de-résistance is probably the steep-sided dell.

Photos of the ride

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