Lady Emily’s Tower

Lady Emily’s Tower, part of Gwrych Castle, sits high above North Wales’s A55 expressway, with incredible views up and down the coast. Looking out to sea from the tower is captivating, with the windfarms the only break in the horizon for miles.

This watchtower was built in the 1830’s for landowner Lord Hesketh’s wife Emily, simply so she had a beautiful location to practice her painting in. The surrounding woodland has remnants of the many paths created for her, such as partial stone walls and stepping stones.

The headstone above the main entrance to Lady Emily’s Tower bears the words “the sea is his, and he made it: and his hands prepared the dry land”, taken from line 95:5 from Psalms of David.

There’s a variety of access points as it’s buried in some really beautiful woodland, we park near Llandulas and walk up the scree banks from the Dolwen / Tan Rallt side. The view from here opens up quickly over the houses of Llandulas, The Beach caravan park and beyond.

After forging a path through the maze of forest trails, the limestone caves lower down the cliffs are amazing fun and well worth an explore too, with popular sport climbing routes.

Here’s a link to the trail route we took for this short walk on OS Maps.

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