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The Conway, Carnarvonshire

Historical Description

Conway, The, a river of North Wales. It issues from Llyn Conway, a lake among mountains, 2½ miles N of the point where the counties of Carnarvon, Merioneth, and Denbigh meet, runs 4½ miles circuitously to the boundary between Carnarvonshire and Denbighshire, traces that boundary in a serpentine course northward for 17 miles, and goes thence in a tolerably straight line northward to the sea at the north-east corner of Beaumaris Bay. Its early course is rapid and tumultuous along reaches of romantic mountain valley, and it speedily acquires volume from the Machno, the Lledr, the Llugwy, and other mountain affluents. Its path, about 2½ miles above Bettws-y-Coed, is beset by a precipice 50 feet deep, and it there makes a grand leap, called the Conway Falls, into a rocky basin surrounded by hanging woods. It proceeds thence past Bettws-y-Coed and Llanrwst, begins at Trefriw, a mile below Llanrwst to be navigable, and is thence to the sea past Conway a large, placid, beautiful stream. Its upper part is famous for trout, and its mouth has been noted since the Roman period for pearls found in a species of mussel.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5

Land and Property

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