For those not too familiar with the pronounciation of Welsh names, Bryn Euryn is pronounced Brin Eye-rin which in English roughly translates as Euryn’s Hill. It is one of the locations I blog about fairly frequently and this is an overview of the site with details of its location, should you wish to visit it yourself.
Known locally as simply ‘The Bryn’, Bryn Euryn is a well-loved local landmark and a much-used recreation area of Rhos-on-Sea. It is a designated Local Nature Reserve that includes a Site of Special Scientific Interest. It also has a historic ruin, Llys Euryn, was the site of an ancient hill-fort and has a triangulation (trig) point on its summit.
Bryn Euryn is a prominent limestone hill rising to 131metres (365 ft) above sea level that overlooks Rhos on Sea and Penrhyn Bay. From its summit their are extensive panoramic views over Rhos-on-Sea, Colwyn Bay and Mochdre, across the Conwy Estuary and the Carneddau mountains beyond.
LOCATION of BRYN EURYN & HOW TO FIND IT
Grid Reference: SH 832798
By car from the A55: Exit at junction 20 for Rhos on Sea. Follow signs for the B5115, Llandudno Road and stay on this road until you reach a set of traffic lights where a sign indicates the left turn for Bryn Euryn Nature Reserve. This takes you onto the top end of Rhos Road. Continue straight up here a short way to the junction and you will see the access drive to the Reserve almost immediately opposite. The access is only really wide enough for one car, but the car park is just a few metres up on your right-hand side.
By car from Llandudno: If you are travelling from the Llandudno direction, leave Llandudno on the Colwyn Road, B5115, pass Llandrillo College on your left. There is a sign for the reserve instructing a right turn, which has ‘Hickory’s’ restaurant on your right (formerly The Ship pub). Take the turn, into Tan-y-Bryn Road, and very shortly you will see the sign for Bryn Euryn Nature Reserve on your right-hand side. There is a narrow access to the site, wide enough for one car. The car park is a few metres up on your right-hand side.
On foot from Rhos-on-Sea village centre.
From the village centre there are two routes, the first more scenic, the second more direct.
1) Follow the promenade in the direction of Penrhyn Bay, (towards the Little Orme) until you reach Abbey Road on your left on the opposite side of the road. Take the turning first right into Church Road and follow it (uphill) to its junction with the B5115, Llandudno Road. Cross here and carry on straight past The Ship public house, into Tan-y-Bryn Road. Carry on down here and on your right you will shortly see the signpost for Bryn Euryn Nature Reserve. The car park is a short way up on the right where you will find an interpretation guide to the site.
2) A more direct walking route is to walk along Rhos Road, (starts on the promenade on the village side of the Cayley public house on your left). Follow it to its junction with with the B5115, Llandudno Road. Cross the road and turn right, continue as far as the Ship public house and turn left into Tan-y-Bryn Road. Carry on down here and on your right you will shortly see the signpost for Bryn Euryn Nature Reserve. The car park is a short way up on the right where you will find an interpretation guide to the site.
By train/bus: Tel. Traveline Wales 0870 6082608 http://www.traveline-cymru.org.uk
The Nature Reserve & wildlife
Bryn Euryn is a Local Nature Reserve managed by Conwy Countryside Services that supports a wide range of wildlife and is an important and well-loved and utilised community resource. It offers a range of habitats for fauna and flora all within a relatively compact site.
There are a good number of species of breeding woodland birds here, including Robin, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Mistle Trush, Dunnock, Treecreeper, Nuthatch,Blue tit, Great Tit Coal Tit & Long-tailed Tit. There are Sparrowhawk here, Kestrels may be seen hovering over the grassland areas of the summit and Buzzards also regularly over-fly the hill. There are also plenty of Woodpigeon, Crow and Magpies.
For wildflower lovers Bryn Euryn offers a range of lime-rich habitats including woodland, open grassland areas which have been designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).
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 in spring are carpeted with cowslips, and throughout the summer there is common rockrose, harebells, kidney vetch, lady’s bedstraw, carline thistle and wild thyme. Where the rock lies near the surface the nationally scarce hoary rockrose and Nottingham catchfly can be found.
Several orchids are to be found including early purple orchid, pyramidal orchid, and green winged orchid.
There are also some uncommon shrubs and trees on the hill, such as spindle, yew, juniper and spurge laurel.
The flowers support a great variety of insect life. Twenty six species of butterfly have been recorded on the hill; there are several species of bumblebee, hoverflies and wasps and beetle.
The site is well served by a network of paths, including the Summit Trail, which links the ruins of Llys Euryn and the fort at the summit, and the longer but less-taxing Woodland Trail that takes a circuit around the base of the hill, both of which are waymarked and begin and end in the car park.
I have explored the reserve many times now since I came to live in the area, and confess that I have managed to lose my orientation and get myself quite lost here on several occasions. It’s been my own fault of course, I often deviate from the main trails just to see where another may take me; not something I would recommend doing if you are easily lost or have plans for when you leave!
The Summit Trail
Follow the green waymarkers from the car park entrance.
This trail is circular and is about a mile in length. It leads you past the ruined mansion of Llys Euryn, through woodland and grassland, to the ancient hillfort at the summit, with its panoramic views, and back to the starting point. There are some steep uphill climbs and as what goes up must come down, some steep descents too. These can get muddy and slippery after it has rained, so good sturdy footwear is advisable.
The views are dynamic, changing according to the season and the weather conditions and are always well worth the pretty steep climb.
At the summit another interpretation board reveals the ancient history of the hill as the location of a 6th century hill fort and from more modern times a triangulation (trig) point marks the highest point.
There is more historical interest lower down on the site where the ruins of Llys Euryn, a house dating from the 15th century remain standing.
A very informative interpretation board in front of the ruins relates the history of the building and its former residents.