Great Orme

Great Orme

Route: Great Orme

Area: North Wales

Date of walk: 19th September 2021

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 3.7 miles

Ascent: 600 feet

Weather: Sunny

After this morning’s walk to Aber Falls and in view of improving weather we decided to set off on another walk in the area. We drove over to the Great Orme, a distinctive limestone headland which rises to 680 feet above the elegant resort of Llandudno. We parked in the Great Orme Country Park which in truth is a rather unsightly tourist complex, but is well placed as the starting point for a walk, with tempting paths radiating away from it in all directions. Whichever path is taken, the crowds are soon left behind

Instead of driving here, interest could be added by parking in Llandudno and taking the Great Orme tramway to the same spot. Opened in 1902, this is Britain’s only funicular, or cable-hauled, tramway that travels on public roads

We followed a path beside the road which we’d driven up and passed by the Great Orme Mines, the oldest known metal working site in Britain. We didn’t have enough time to detour to the mines, so continued past them before changing direction and crossing the tramway to head towards St Tudno’s Church, set in a wonderful position with views out to sea

Beyond the church we joined a path beside a dry stone wall which encloses the estate of Parc Farm, owned by the National Trust. The wall was our constant companion for the remainder of the walk. The final section proved to be the finest of all, with magnificent views along the limestone pavement across the Conwy Estuary to Conwy town. Eventually the wall turned uphill back to the visitor centre and we followed it back to end a superb walk. Later in the week we’d explore Little Orme, a smaller limestone headland on the other side of Llandudno Bay. Click here for that walk

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