River Llugwy

River Llugwy (Welsh: 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.

River Llugwy near Betws y Coed.JPG
River Llugwy upstream of Betws-y-Coed
Native nameAfon Llugwy (Welsh)
Physical characteristics
 • locationFfynnon Llugwy
 • location
confluence with River Conwy
Length40 km (25 mi)

Location and catchment areaEdit

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.

In landscape paintingEdit

The Llugwy was a favourite of many well-known Victorian artists such as Frederick William Hulme. The scenery around its banks was the subject of a number of important British paintings,[citation needed] including several included in Royal Academy exhibits.[citation needed] River Llugwy was a place of death of the painter James William Whittaker, who fell there trying to collect his painting gear and drowned.[1]

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


  1. ^ Charles William Sutton, "Whittaker, James William", Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900, vol. 61, retrieved 12 June 2022