River Llugwy

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Llugwy (Afon Llugwy)
River Llugwy near Betws y Coed.JPG
River Llugwy upstream of Betws-y-Coed
Country Wales
 - location Ffynnon Llugwy
 - location confluence with River Conwy

Afon Llugwy is a tributary of the River Conwy, and has its source at Ffynnon Llugwy, a lake in the Carneddau range of mountains in Snowdonia in north-west Wales.

Location and catchment area[edit]

A rare phenomenon - ice circles in the River Llugwy at Betws-y-coed

The average annual rainfall in the catchment of the Llugwy is the highest recorded in England and Wales.

The Llugwy largely follows the route of the A5, passing firstly through the village of Capel Curig, then on to fall over the Swallow Falls, a popular tourist attraction.

On entering Betws-y-Coed it is crossed by the Miner's Bridge, a curious wooden bridge set at a steep incline over the river, and shortly after passing under Pont-y-pair road bridge it flows beside the main street before its confluence with the Conwy at the northernmost end of the golf course.

The River Llugwy in Landscape Painting.

The Llugwy was a favourite of many well-known Victorian artists such as Frederick William Hulme. The beautiful scenery around its banks was the subject of numerous important British paintings and was included in many Royal Academy exhibits.

Coordinates: 53°05′N 3°48′W / 53.083°N 3.800°W / 53.083; -3.800