What is the connection between a hero of the Titanic, a 6th Century Holy Well, the wreck of a paddle steamer and a medieval Lord of Wales? Well they are all connected to our walk from the Bryn Holcombe Hotel around the village of Rhos-on-Sea.
It is a ten minute walk to the Cayley Embankment on the promenade at Rhos-on-Sea from the Bryn Holcombe Hotel. From the embankment you can enjoy fine views of the Bay of Colwyn. It is another 1/4 mile to the centre of the village and the harbour.
Those who would prefer a longer treck, taking in a bit of history along the way, will prefer the 5 mile version :
After leaving Bryn Holcombe in the West End cut through Penrhos Park to the Cayley Embankment. Drop down to the promenade, which is also the route of the All Wales Coastal Path. Continue in a north westerly direction passing through the centre of the village with views of Rhos Harbour.
You could book a fishing trip from the jetty or hire sea kayaks from Rhos Point or simply watch the children fishing for crabs from Rhos jetty.
The headland at Rhos-on-Sea is known as Rhos Point and it is a popular spot for birdwatching, where oyster-catchers, dunlins, turnstones, plovers, cormorants, red shanks and sandpipers can be seen feeding off the mussel beds. Should you arrive at the time of a low spring tide you might be fortunate to see the wreck of the Rhosneigr, a paddle steamer that went aground off the point on July 20th 1908.
St Trillo’s Chapel is tucked away close to Rhos Point, one of the country’s smallest chapels, with seating for 6 worshippers. Christians have visited the Holy Well within the church since the 6th Century and it is well worth a visit.
On leaving the chapel it is just a short walk along Marine Drive to Penrhyn Bay beach and the Rhos-on-Sea Golf Club.
Continue the walk by back tracking along the Marine Drive as far as Church Road and climb the hill to Llandudno Road. Turn right by the Ship public house and you will find the historic Llandrillo-yn-Rhos Church, which houses a chapel believed to have been the private chapel of Ednyfed Fychan, Seneschal to the Welsh Prince Llewellyn the Great and ancestor of the Tudor dynasty. Within the graveyard of Llandrillo Church can be found the final resting place of officer Lowe, the fifth officer on the Titanic, who was portrayed by Welsh actor Ioan Gruffudd in the 1997 movie Titanic.
From here head south to Bryn Euryn, the large hill that dominates Rhos-on-Sea and is seen from the front of Bryn Holcombe. It is worth the climb to the top for the views of the Conwy Valley and the Bay of Colwyn alone, but it has the added advantage of being the location of an Iron Age Hillfort (of which little remains) and holds the ruins of a medieval fortified manor.
Historians believe Ednyfed Fychan occupied a motte and bailey castle on the hillside however the remains are lost in the undergrowth. From Bryn Euryn continue via Tan-y-Bryn Road and Ebberston Road to the West End and the Bryn Holcombe.