Bryn Euryn - A Walk with a View!

Bryn Euryn is a limestone mountain 130 metres high with a Site of Special Interest, a trig point at the summet and is home to the ruins of Llys Euryn, a house built in the mid 1200’s.

Its a great walk to the top, with 360 views of Rhos on Sea, colony bay and Mochdre, with Llandudno, up the Conwy Valley and across to Llandulas in the distance.

There are large fields at the base of the hill that are popular with dog walkers. There is also plenty of spots with great views and a wooded area circling the Bryn that you can walk up.

Heres some information from the Conwy Council leaflet about Bryn Euryn.

HOW DO I GET THERE?

By train/bus: Tel. Traveline Wales 0870 6082608 www.traveline-cymru.org.uk
See the map for how to reach the site.

By car: Follow the A55 to junction 20 for Rhos on Sea. See the map for how to reach the site.

 

The Summit Trail

This way marked circular trail leads you pas the ruined mansion of Llys Euryn, through woodland and grassland, to the ancient hill fort at the summit, with its panoramic views, and back to the starting point of the car park. The trail is about a mile in length and does have some steep climbs/descents which can be slippery after rain, so you will need good footwear. Follow the green way markers from the car park entrance.

Flowers

Bryn Euryn has a rich variety of wild flowers both in the grassland and woodland, which love the lime rich soil here.The grassland areas are valuable enough to have been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest and the whole hill has been declared a Local Nature Reserve in recognition of its great wildlife and community value.
The woodland flowers are best seen in the spring and include wood anemone, dog’s mercury, wood sorrel and wood avens. In the damper parts of the wood the attractive hart’s tongue fern is abundant.The grassland areas bloom through the summer -except for the spring cowslips- and characteristic species include common rockrose, kidney vetch, lady’s bedstraw, carline thistle and wild thyme. Where the rock lies near the surface the nationally scarce hoary rockrose and Nottingham catch y can be found. Several orchids are to be found including early purple orchid, pyramidal orchid, and green winged orchid. An interesting plant which has not recently been found on the hill, is ivy broomrape. It has no green colouring and is parasitic on the roots of ivy.There are also some uncommon shrubs and trees on the hill, such as spindle, yew, juniper and spurge laurel.

Butterflies

The flowers support a great variety of insect life. Twenty six species of butter y have been recorded on the hill. In the woods you will notice the speckled wood. On the rocky areas you will see the wall brown and grayling. Flying among the grasses you may see the meadow brown and small heath, while on the bramble and gorse the gatekeeper may be found. Near the summit in May and June you may nd red admirals and painted ladies, which have migrated from Central Europe and North Africa. Other colourful nds include the peacock, small tortoiseshell, small copper and the common blue. A day ying moth you may see in the summer is the handsome six spot burnet moth. It has dark green wings spotted with red but it becomes a crimson blur when it fies. Its caterpillar feeds on the abundant bird’s foot trefoil and then its characteristic pale yellow cocoons can be found on the stems of plants.

Geology

Think of tropical seas and coral reefs! These were the conditions 350 million years ago when the limestone from which Bryn Euryn is composed was formed from the accumulated and compressed remains of sea creatures. Volcanic activity and earth movements then buckled the limestone and incorporated mineral veins into the rock. More recently, some 12,000 years ago in the last Ice Age, huge glaciers scoured out the softer rocks and left the valleys around Bryn Euryn and the steep cliffs on the southern side.