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Review: Conwy


Conwy, Gwynedd, Wales, United Kingdom

A walk around the walls

  • By SilverTraveller ESW

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  • May 2014
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Conwy is one of the few walled towns still with a complete circuit of walls with their defending towers. The walls were built at the same time as the castle to protect a planned town.

There were originally three gateways, protected by twin towers. One gave access to the quay, another to a watermill on the river Conwy and a third to the hinterland. Others have since been knocked through for roads.

The walls stand up to 30’ high and nearly 6’ wide. The open backed towers were spaced equally along the walls. Originally they were bridged by removable wooden bridges allowing sections to be sealed off if the walls were breached. Now there are steps up and down them. They climb to a peak at the west corner.

There are two wall walks. The longer can be accessed at where Bangor Road, the old A55, cuts through the walls, the upper gateway or at wing gate at the corner of the quay. This gives access to the top point of the walls as well as the short spur wall protecting the quay.

The other stretch of wall is accessed from the tower in the short stay car park and is a short walk to Mill gate. There are good views of the Castle from here.

Don’t miss the bank of twelve latrines built along the outside of the walls to the west of Mill Gate. (Go out through Mill gate and turn right.) These were built for use by Edward I’s logistic corps (the equivalent of today’s civil service) who were based on the site of the short stay car park. They cost £15 each to build and are unique.

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