Llandudno - Great Orme Summit Circular

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Few resorts have a setting as spectacular as Llandudno. Not only are there great views along the coast and to the mountains inland but in addition the seaward side is dominated by The Great Orme (Pen Gogarth). Botanists come here for the unique flora, archaeologists for the pre-history and the wider public for the cliffs and the views resulting from the underlying limestone geology. This walk climbs steeply up the south-west of the peninsula with views opening out over Conwy Bay to Snowdonia and to Anglesey. From the north end of the plateau, you may be lucky enough to see the Isle of Man or Blackpool Tower - I have seen Man once but never Blackpool.

Eventually you climb a short but very steep slope to reach the Summit Complex, where there are refreshments, toilets and shops in season. You could also return from here by cable-car, bus or the splendid Edwardian cable-hauled tram (http://www.greatormetramway.com/index.asp). The return is slightly less steep and gives a good view of the huge pre-historic copper mine. Lower down you pass another tea room, so there's no need to starve. Because of its location, The Great Orme can be a very windy place. This, combined with the steep cliffs, means that it should be treated with respect, especially in bad weather.

Wales - North Wales - Conwy - Coast


Ancient Monument, Birds, Cafe, Flowers, Gift Shop, Great Views, Industrial Archaeology, Play Area, Public Transport, Restaurant, Tea Shop, Toilets, Wildlife