Unrivalled views from the Vadre

The Vadre stands almost sentinel like over the town of Deganwy and from the summit it has views across the whole area and you can see the Great Orme, West Shore, North Shore, the Conwy estuary, the obelisk at Bryn Pydew , Puffin Island and in the distance the Carneddau.

It therefore came as no surprise to discover that the twin hills housed a fortress for over a thousand years, although very little of it now remains.

In some respects I think the views from the Vadre are better than those from either the Great or Little Orme and it is also visible from a number of significant viewpoints in the area with the naked eye and I can see why the obelisk at Bryn Pydew was built as it would be just another hill without it and the Vadre will still be standing long after the obelisk has gone.

In total there are 4 mounds to climb and it is worth it as each gives you a slightly different perspective of what can be seen.

It is not well advertised or signposted and I had to do a bit of searching to find out how you access it, but I eventually came across two starting points although I could only find one of them, which was on Maes Y Castell in Llanrhos.

Even then you have to search for the footpath sign, which leads you down between two bungalows to a stile. Once on the Vadre it becomes obvious that there are other ways in and during the course of my visit saw probably half a dozen other people.

More photos from my visit can be found on the Peaks and Pints  Facebook page.




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