A rocky limestone peak with super views back to Llandudno and the Great Orme, and a beach that’s often used by seals.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
The walk starts at the far end of the North Shore. Either walk or drive along the seafront to the Lifeboat Station (1½ miles each way).
(D/A) Follow the B-road towards the Little Orme. The road curves inland as it climbs and passes the Craigside Inn. 200 yards later, turn left into Rhiwledyn nature reserve. Follow the rocky path uphill and past a bench. Continue below the crags of the Little Orme on the left past another bench to an information board and gate at the far side of the nature reserve.
(1) Beyond the gate, continue through gorse to a grassy triangle, where you take the path off to the left, which climbs to the col between the two summits of the Little Orme. As the Great Orme comes into view, take a grassy path on the left, which climbs to the trig pillar at the highest point of the headland. Return the same way. Now take a path running to the left of the other summit (topped by a traditional cairn). This path runs through bracken round the end of a limestone crag, and keeps well to the right of a former observation post with a curved wall. At the end of this stretch is a narrow path descending through gorse – take care, as it emerges above a quarry face.
(2) At this point, rejoin the official coast path route along the fence above the quarry then descend through scrub, before swinging left across the grassy floor of the quarry. Turn right through a kissing gate by the remains of the winding gear and descend the steep former incline to the level below. Take a short detour left to look for seals on the beach of Porth Dyniewaid (Angel Bay), then return to the coast path. Follow the obvious path to the left of a shallow quarry, ignoring a turning on the left leading down to the houses. When a broad path leading across the quarry floor joins obliquely from the right, take a narrow path on the right that climbs through scrub and shortly meets a metal gate at the end of a lane.
(3) Follow the lane between cottages then, beyond the second cottage, turn sharp right through a wooden kissing gate onto a footpath that climbs to Ty Uchaf farm. Pass through the farmyard and follow the surfaced driveway down to the road.
(4) Turn left along the road through a gap in a low ridge, then take the first right (Bryn-y-Bia Road). Follow the road for ¼ mile to a junction. Bear right, then cross the road to a combined path and cycleway to the right of a house entrance. This path leads along the rear of gardens for a little under ¼ mile then emerges at the end of Aber Drive. Follow the road ahead back to the B5115 and the beach. Now walk or drive back along the North Shore to return to Llandudno and The View.(D/A)
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 30ft - The View Guesthouse
1 : mi 0.85 - alt. 358ft - Gate
2 : mi 1.38 - alt. 282ft - Official Coast Path
3 : mi 2.25 - alt. 141ft - Pentre Isaf
4 : mi 2.5 - alt. 210ft - Colwyn Road
D/A : mi 3.32 - alt. 30ft - The View Guesthouse
Paths are rocky in places and there are unfenced cliffs and quarry faces.
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Most of the walking is along the Marine Drive, which has some ups and downs but is otherwise straightforward.
This walk starts from Llandudno and climbs the Great Orme to enjoy great views and some solitude away from the bustle of Llandudno. There is some steep uphill and downhill walking so wear appropriate footwear.
A straightforward walk to the West Shore with views over Llandudno and a delightful Victorian garden – look out for Tweedledum and Tweedledee!
Let the tram do the climbing, then walk downhill from Great Orme summit via Happy Valley Gardens. You can leave out the circuit of the farm on the summit if you want a shorter walk.
Mostly on surfaced paths and roads, but woodland paths may be muddy. The town walls are occasionally uneven,
include numerous steps and in places require a head for heights.
Gradual ascent and some rocky ground. May be muddy or boggy in places.
Sandy paths, and wet grass after rain around The Mulberry.
This walk on the eastern side of the Carneddau mountains in Snowdonia offers a sense of solitude and excellent mountain scenery. The route is generally easy to follow although careful navigation is needed on the section from Dulyn Reservoir back to the start.
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