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Chief Water

The north coast of Wales is a rough and rugged place in parts, interspersed with flat open expanses of sandy beaches and busy estuaries.

The coastal towns are not what they were and lots of them have descended into disrepair and are a shadow of their former selves, but not all of them.

The small town of Conwy lies on the coast and takes its nickname and, Chief Water, from the old Welsh words of 'cyn' (meaning chief) and 'gwy' (meaning water). The river that flows into the estuary being originally called the 'Cynwy"

The estuary at Conwy in North Wales

The harbour and port sit in the shadow of the Castle and the walled town with the origins of the castle being traced back to around 1280.

Being born with the town walls of Conwy, you earn the nickname "Jackdaw" after the birds of the same name that live on the walls there and when you are strolling around the harbour front you see them swooping around with the seagulls.

Originally the only way to cross the estuary was by ferry but a suspension bridge designed by Thomas Telford was completed in 1826 and now spans the river right next to the castle itself.

Conwy Castle in North Wales

The town is a popular visiting spot for tourists, with many people sitting on the harbour and enjoying their fish and chips (watch out for the seagulls though!).

The harbour also is home to the smallest house in Britain, which is right there on the quayside - it is just 3m wide! The last inhabitant was a local fisherman who left there around 1900 but the house is still owned by his descendants.

Conwy remains a great little town to visit, great to grab some food and just enjoy the sea air and if you love history then you can take a tour of the castle or maybe book on to one of the river cruises that depart from the dock.

It's worth a trip out!


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