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Ffordd Gogledd Cymru

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Ffordd Gogledd Cymru
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The North Wales Way
From:  Bretton Wood (English border) (SJ356632)
To:  Holyhead (SH247818)
Via:  Conwy, Bangor
Distance:  79.5 miles (127.9 km)
Meets:  Flintshire Leisure Tour, Ffordd Cambria, Holyhead Road
Old route now:  A55
Primary Destinations
Highway Authorities

Welsh Government

North & Mid Wales TRA
Traditional Counties

Anglesey • Caernarfonshire • Denbighshire • Flintshire

Ffordd Gogledd Cymru / The North Wales Way is one of three tourist routes being created by Visit Wales as part of the 'The Wales Way' project. It entirely follows the A55 North Wales Expressway, so most of the attractions are off-route, requiring one to go 'igam ogam' to get to them.


Chester - St Asaph

Rhuallt hill

While the route begins at the border, it can be considered to really begin at Chester. This ancient city, with a complete ring of walls, a splendid cathedral and historic shopping streets is well worth visiting, even if it is Saesneg!

Entering Flintshire, those wishing to go igam ogam might wish to use the Flintshire Leisure Drive, which begins in Mold and forms a signed one way loop around the area, meeting the A55 at junctions 35, 33 and 31. Hawarden (from J37 or J35) has Gladstone's Library - the UK's only Prime Ministerial Library. This area, on the south side of the Dee, near the border has many castles, most of which are small. Flint castle, in Flint is the finest. Holywell (J31/32) is home to St Winifred's Well (which names the town), along with other historic sites.

The route has gradually climbed up into the Clwydian Range - a set of hills and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, before descending rapidly between J29 and J28 as we reach the city of St Asaph. From here (J27), one can head north to Rhuddlan Castle, Rhaeadr Dyserth Waterfall or the resort towns of Rhyl and Prestatyn.

St Asaph - Conwy


At J25, the route passes next to the Marble Church, with Bodelwyddan Castle and Park just off the road. At Abergele (J23a) we finally meet the coast, which we follow - usually close to the railway. After running between town and beach at Colwyn Bay, at J20, one can turn south for the Welsh Mountain Zoo or north through Rhos-on-Sea for an indirect route to Llandudno.

At Glan Conwy (J19), the Ffordd Cambria heads into Snowdonia, en route to Cardiff, but here or J18 one can turn north to Llandudno and Great Ormes Head with its tramway, cable car, mine, country park and Marine Drive. From J18 one can take the Pont Conwy over the River Conwy to Conwy and its Castle and other attractions, or the Conwy Tunnel under the river and past the town.




Britannia Bridge


The Wales Way: The North Wales Way

Ffordd Gogledd Cymru
Abergwyngregyn Interchange • Ael y Bowl Interchange • Alltami Junction • Billy Jean's • Bodelwyddan Interchange • Brookside Interchange • Broughton Junction • Caernarfon Road Interchange • Caerwys Interchange • Carreg Bran Interchange • Cefn Du Interchange • Colwyn Bay Interchange • Conway Road Interchange • Conwy Morfa Interchange • Dalar Hir Interchange • Dobshill Interchange • Dolphin Junction • Dwygyfylchi Junction • Ewloe Interchange • Faenol Interchange • Glan Conwy Interchange • Glan Menai Junction • Kingsland Roundabout • Llandudno Junction Interchange • Llanddulas Interchange • Llanfairfechan Roundabout • Llys y Gwynt Interchange • Madryn Interchange • Nant Turnpike Interchange • Northop Interchange • Old Colwyn Interchange • Pant-y-Dulath Interchange • Pen Caledog Interchange • Penmaenmawr Junction • Pensarn Interchange • Pont Dafydd Junction • Puffin Roundabout • St Asaph Business Park Junction • St Georges Interchange (Denbighshire) • Tal y Bont Interchange • Talardy Junction • Travellers Inn Junction • Treban Interchange • Treborth Interchange • Ty Mawr Interchange • Waen Interchange • Warren Interchange
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Passing Bodelwyddan - Geograph - 1008527.jpgA55 Eastbound, Pen-y-Clip - Geograph - 233360.jpgA55 west of Pen-y-Clip tunnel - Geograph - 226782.jpgA55 trunk road looking east - Geograph - 932668.jpgA55 Westbound - Coppermine - 4621.JPG
Other nearby roads
A41 • A51 • A54 • A55 • A56 • A483 • A529 (Chester - Hinstock) • A540 • A548 • A5032 • A5104 • A5115 • A5116 • A5268 • A5480 • B5104 • B5129 • B5130 • B5131 • E22 • M53 • M56 • M53/Unbuilt Southern Extension • RM7 • T14 (Britain) • T18 (Britain) • T19 (Britain)
St Asaph
A55 • A525 • A541 • B5381 • B5383 (St Asaph) • T19 (Britain)
Bangor (Caernarfonshire)
A5 • A55 • A5153 • A5154 • B4545 • E22 • E34 (Old System) • EuroVelo 2 • Holyhead Road • NCN8 • T11 (Britain)
Welsh Tourist Routes
The Wales WayThe Coastal Way / Ffordd Arfordirol • The Cambrian Way / Ffordd Cambria • The North Wales Way / Ffordd Gogledd Cymru
ToursFlintshire Leisure Tour • 'Maelor Tour'
OtherGreat Orme Head Marine Drive • Holyhead Road Historic Route

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