The main route from Conwy to Basingwerk follows the North Wales Path to Rhyl. This is a lovely gentle walk between the mountains and the sea, and can be used by cyclists as well as walkers. If you have time, use the Path to explore the Great Orme with its unique Bronze Age copper mines and some tiny medieval chapels.
From Rhyl, walk up the Vale of Clwyd to the medieval town of Rhuddlan with its massive castle. A little further up river is the cathedral town of St Asaph. Cross the foothills of the Clwydian Range to Holywell and Basingwerk. Holywell is the ‘Welsh Lourdes’, one of the ‘Seven Wonders of Wales’. Here St Winifred was beheaded by a disappointed suitor. The well sprang up where her head fell. She was healed by her uncle St Beuno and went on to become a great religious leader.
There is also an alternative high-level route over the Hiraethog Moors, past the Brenig reservoir and archaeological trail. Part of it is on old hollow ways and part goes over rough open moorland with wonderful views but no obvious trackway. You need to take a detailed map and compass and know how to use them - but you wil be rewarded by an exhilarating day’s walking.People and Places