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Llandudno and the Ormes

It has been known as the "Queen of the Welsh Watering Places" for over a hundred years and Llandudno and the Ormes remain a fantastic place to visit.

The town itself has grown from a small community into a town of over 20,000 inhabitants and is home to thousands more visitors each summer.

On each side of the North Shore beach, you can see two large rocky outcrops, the Great Orme and the Little Orme, one being much larger and more developed than the other.

The Great Orme is also known as the Creuddyn Peninsula.

the Great Orme in Llandudno

The wide promenade has the Irish Sea to one side, across a shallow pebbled beach, and a row of magnificent hotels facing out to the horizon.

the hotels and promenade of Llandudno

As you pan around from this location, you get a sighting of the smaller headland, the Little Orme and it also gives you a good idea of the shoreline, very rocky, full of pebbles but nice and flat.

You can also view a much more recent development in the area - the row upon row of wind turbines out at sea.

the Little Orme in Llandudno

The town has a Grade II listed building in the Pier which was originally constructed in 1878, extended in 1884, and is now some 700m long, reaching out into the Irish Sea.

The Pier in Llandudno

The terracing and pathways near the Pier start to elevate and you get a great view of the structure itself, but also the Little Orme on the headland.

the Pier in Llandudno and the Little Orme

Walking to the top of the Great Orme is one option, you can also drive, take a cable car or even jump on a tram.

The tram has some steep roads to navigate as you can see here.

the tram lines going up the Great Orme in Llandudno

The Great Orme is mainly derived from limestone and is a perfect place for all kinds of plants and animals.

Rare species such as peregrine falcons live here and the sheer cliffs of the Orme provide great nesting conditions for sea birds including guillemots, cormorants, razorbills, kittiwakes, and various varieties of gulls.

Tourist attractions have started to spring up including the longest toboggan run in Britain (750m) but the Orme remains largely wild.

It is a bit testing on the legs, but the sea and the coast reward you when the sun is shining - a busy place in summer for sure and one place I never tire of visiting.


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