Great Orme Capra Markhor, the Kashmiri goats, whose ancestors came from the mountains of India, may well be spotted on the Great Orme. They have large crenulated horns, with large ridges unevenly spaced along their length. A shaggy fringe covers their forehead and the beard grows long.
We saw many such goats on on both our ascent and descent of the Great Orme.
Also in the evening we saw a herd down by the west Shore , tucking into a gorse bush! The origin and arrival of these goats in Britain is an interesting story:
In the early part of the last century, Squire Christopher Tower, from Essex, discovered a large herd recently imported from Kashmir into France. The idea was to create a profitable woollen industry. Squire Tower purchase two of these goats, and took them to Weald Park in Brentwood. The goats flourished, and soon produced kids, from which the Squire was, eventually, able to manufacture a cashmere shawl. George IV was highly impressed by this article, and was happy to accept a pair of the goats presented to him by Squire Tower.
So began the Windsor herd, which increased rapidly, and in the reign of Queen Victoria, cashmere shawls became extremely fashionable. It is often said that Queen Victoria was presented with the goats by the Shah of Persia, and it may be that these were added to the already existing herd.
Later in the century Major General Sir Savage Mostyn acquired two of the Windsor goats, and took them to Gloddaeth Hall and later taken to the Orme.
Great Orme Tramway
There are several ways up to the top of Great Orme, ranging in severity from the gruelling walk to the serene old Tramway. It's a fine, if not exactly cheap, method of cresting the great rock. It snakes up the narrow roads from the town, eventually escaping the cloying bricks and mortar, and trundling onto the wind-blown green expanses that top the rock.
It costs the same for a return as a single, so don't get any ideas of a half-price trip to the top and then walking down. The same goes for the aerial tramway, so you can't combine one with the other, annoyingly. The trams run every 20 minutes from 10am to 6pm in the summer. We had all kinds of problems with the schedule, eventually walking half way up (the difficult half) and taking the tram (for free) from the halfway station.
Don't try walking unless you are fit!
A stroll along the pier
A day at the seaside cannot be without a stroll along the pier. Free to get on, it never used to be when I first remember it, there is a pleasant stroll out past the ubiquitous children's entertainment of bouncy castles and shops of tat. That's a little unfair as this can be a pleasant place except for that joint that sells accordion music blasting out and anyone who has been there will know what I mean.
LLandudo - North Wales
"Great Beaches And More"
My first visit to LLandudno, although it is a place i have heard a lot of. Must say I was quite impressed, nice beaches, grand old pier, many fine buildings and overlooked by the great Orme.
Only downer was it was pretty busy, and that in early November. Still there is plenty to see and do and it is jusifyingly a great resort and not just for the elderly.