Until I moved to North Wales I didn’t have easy access to mountains but now I am spoilt for choice, although I am still not sure what classifies as a mountain although a number of sources state that it must have a summit over 2000 feet.
If that is the case it doesn’t explain why Conwy Mountain is classified as such because it is only 801 feet tall.
Having lived in North Wales for a year and been up Great Orme, Little Orme and The Vadre I finally got around to walking up Conwy Mountain and it is without a doubt worth it for the views of the whole area.
Whether it is truly a mountain or not it is worth exploring. Although it climbs fairly steeply at the start there is nothing too challenging for the average walker. Having said that you should still dress appropriately and while walking up I did meet someone wearing sandals which were not much more than flip flops as if they were out for a stroll to the pub and even at 800 feet it was noticeably colder and windier than it had been down in Conwy town centre. You could also see that it was raining on the Carneddau.
The summit of Snowdon was recently likened to Piccadilly Circus and the Snowdonia Society are wanting people to explore the lesser known mountains of Snowdonia and although for the serious walker Conwy Mountain might be a little tame it is a good place to start, particularly if you are local to the area and the Conwy Valley is part of Snowdonia. I also like the fact that in Welsh it is Mynydd Y Dref which means Mountain of the Town!
I was short on time so returned the same way but I could have made it a circular walk and included Sycnant Pass.
Another place to explore is Y Foel Luis or Bilberry Hill above Penmaenmawr, which again has a summit in the region of 800 feet and which gives you great views of the coast towards Llandudno and is another walk that can be extended to include Sycnant Pass.
I have now walked up Snowdon twice and I would agree that it was busier than Piccadilly Circus in rush hour and I definitely want to explore the less populated mountains. If you have any suggestions then please feel free to send me a message on Facebook and if you know what defines a mountain it would be great to find out!