Hiking on the Orme
There are numerous trails - nature and historical trails to enjoy. We picked up the trail to the summit and around the great Orme starting from the gardens of Happy Valley. The trail is about 6 miles long and takes about 2-3 hours - but thats without many photo stops and snack stops of course ;-))
The trails are well signposted, the paths easy to follow - it would be very difficult to get lost up here!
Gee up boy, gee up...
You can't get any more traditional than plonking your offspring on the back of a donkey and gently walk along the sands.
The concession in Llandudno was introduced over 125 years ago, and is still operated by the same family. You have a woman by the name of Elizabeth Hughes to thank for this opportunity.
Cute photographs are virtually guaranteed.
I somehow can't help thinking about Eddie Murphy when I look at a donkey...or Tony Adams.
The less commercialised west shore is not as pleasant a beach as the main shore but what I like about this beach is walking along it as the sun sets over the sea and you look out to the mountains of Snowdonia.
Hiking on the Orme (3)
"Descent of the Orme"
Well the afternoon was drawing to an end it was time to make our way back down to the town - probably just time for a stroll along the pier before the light went.
A final closer look at the West Shore below us - this is the quieter of the two Llandudno bays and more residential. There is a promenade and a small boating marina.
It was surprising to see some cottages up here so far above the town - must be quite bleak in the winter snow and a way to go for the shops.
The Kashmiri goats were near to the cottages too.
The descent was not long - one of several paths zig-zagging down - but was quite steep and I was glad I had a walking pole to help balance myself. I was certainly glad we hadn't ascended this way. The view down onto Llandudno and the North Shore were very impressive too.
The track down from the Great Orme came to a terrace just above the town which zig-zagged down more through the Haulfre gardens giver closer views over the town and the north shore and eventually down to the houses at the back of Llandudno
It was good to reach level ground and the gardens around us were pleasant and shady, giving new vistas to enjoy right to the end of this pleasant hike on a bright February day.
The path ended up at some steps - the haulfre steps - leading down to an alley between the houses..and what a pleasant surprise when we found ourselves just near the street where we had parked the car.
In ths pic you can see how the Orme looms above the houses and that was the steep bank we had descended!