Monday, May 02, 2022

Great Orme walk, Llandudno


Off message - Normally Gill and I would go walking most Sundays but due to Council elections I have been out campaigning this Bank holiday weekend. So I will post instead on another marvellous North Walian walk from Easter. 

We have done this short 3.5 mile circular Pathfinder walk a couple of times before but this time we decided to making it longer by tracking the peninsular coast for longer. The weather was pretty good, so this helped. 

The "Great Orme" is the massive headland to the left of the Llandudno, the beautiful Victorian seaside resort. You can get a tramway, bus or a cable car to the top (the cable car was not working when we went) or walk or drive up. It is pretty steep. 

There is a private toll road (see main picture cost I think £3.50? but free to walk) where you can take a drive around the Great Orme coast but we started the walk next to the visitors centre at the Country Park & tramway station (bit of a scary drive up). 

There are superb views from the get go (assuming good weather). We wandered off the suggested route to take in the views to the south then dropped down past the Bronze age mines (must visit one day) to cross the tramways and make our way uphill to the north and enjoyed the views of Llandudno and the pier. 

Next we followed a high coastal path to reach the isolated St Tudno church, which was founded in the 6th century.  I am not religious but the views were spectacular and you could sense that this had long been a special place. 

Next a little climb (during which we saw some of the Great Orme famous wild Goats) we had a bracing walk alongside a long sheep wall to the visitor centre. The views on the way of the Conwy Estuary and Snowdonia were fabulous. 

After the walk, I did not have my traditional pint in a local pub but we changed in the visitor centre toilets and went for a meal with our niece, Holly, her partner Mike and their smashing family in Llandudno. A lovely end to a lovely day. 

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