B4407 (Ffestiniog - Conwy)
|Location Map ( geo)|
|From:||Llan Ffestiniog (SH700419)|
|Distance:||29.3 miles (47.2 km)|
|Met (1922):||B4391, B4409, B4408, A5, B5106, A55|
|Now part of:||A470, B5106|
|Route outline (key)|
Starting on the B4391 in Llan Ffestiniog the road headed northwards through Blaenau Ffestiniog before climbing steeply out of town to follow the Crimea Pass into the valley of the Afon Lledr. The railway line followed a simpler route through a tunnel but that now followed the river as well, although for much of the next few miles the road was on the left bank and the river on the right. Without crossing the river the road went under the railway line just before the Lledr flowed into the Conwy. Our road didn't cross that river either; it bore left to go under the railway again and meet the A5 in Betws-y-Coed.
After a short multiplex left the B4407 regained its number by turning right across the Afon Llugwy to continue downstream along the Conwy Valley. After running alongside the railway line briefly that bore right to reach Llanrwst, which was connected to our road via the B5106. Continuing downstream the road went through Trefriw and Ty'n-y-Groes before climbing out of the valley to avoid an easterly meander. Presently the road descended into Conwy. After going under the main railway line it went through a narrow gap in the castle walls and ended soon afterwards on the A55.
By 1932, the southernmost section of the B4407 had been renumbered as part of a rerouted B4408 as far as Congl-y-wal, and then A496 from there to Blaenau Ffestiniog. The B4407 now started end-on on that road in the town centre.
By 1939, the B4407 had ceased to exist (allowing the designation to be transferred to a previously unclassified road nearby}. The A496 had been extended to continue along the B4107's old route as far as Betws-y-Coed, and the section between there and Conwy renumbered as the B5106.
By 1956, the Llan Ffestiniog to Congl-y-Wal section became part of the A4108 whilst the northern end of the old B4407 was taken over by the A5110. Today, the route is part of the A470 all the way from Llan Ffestiniog to Betws, and remains the B5106 north of there (the A5110 no longer exists). The section immediately south of the A5 is now unclassified.