A regular walk for us as this is located close to home.  A small convenient car park is at the foot of the circular path around the woodland, where you will see wildlife and ancient woodlands, limestone caves and also the 2000 year old hill fort (Castell Cawr – Giant’s Castle).

The walk takes around 45 minutes and is fairly steep, though there are several places where you will want to stop and enjoy the views of the coast line and Gwrych Castle, with some additional paths to wander to view the old hill fort and limestone caves.

The main track up to the top of the hill is wide and open through the trees.  As you loop back round through the woodland the path will split.  Turning left is a gentle descent back the way you came, while if you turn right you will pass over a small bridge over the caves, though the descent here is steeper and best avoided when wet.

As this is such a regular walk for us Pedro likes to run on ahead while Bert puffs and blows behind us.  We always meet other dog walkers and it’s safe to let your dog off the lead all the way round (except for one small section if you detour to view the bat caves which is signposted – there is a steep drop here).  Pedro even knows which tree stump is always full of water when he wants a drink.

Pedro and Bert give this 3 paws as although they enjoy the walk it’s too close too home to go to the pub afterwards!

How to get there

Turn up Tan y Gopa Road, past Abergele golf course.  When you see the house with the turrets on your right there is a car park on the left.


For more suggestions from Bert and Pedro on their favourite walks, cafes and pubs please see our other dog friendly walks.