A short bus ride from Llandudno, and even walkable if you want to make it a slow day trip, is the stunningly preserved castle of Conwy. Built as a walled settlement for the exlusive use of the English, it gave a taste of what was to come for the Welsh in this part of the world. Even though the walls no longer keep the Welsh out, the situation has changed little: the towns are full of English, and the Welsh stick to the valleys.
Conwy is a must see if you are in Llandudno. Just take Bus 5 or X5 to Conwy station.
Great Orme Tramway
The Great Orme Tramway is a great way to reach the summit of the Great Orme from Llandudno.
It was opened in 1903 and has a gradient of 10%.
Trams run every 20 minutes in the summer and the cost is £4.50 return for adults
Exhibits give visitors a a show of the evolution of Llandudno.
From Roman, Neolithic, and Bronze ages, along with hands-on displays.
A reproduction of a Welsh kitchen and demonstrations concerning the farming, fishing, and mining industries. Photographs, paintings, and other works of art that give residents and visitors alike a better illustration of the town's rich history are also included.
Hiking on the Orme (2)
"Around the Orme"
We took a detour from our planned hike to reach the actual summit of the Great Orme. The climb up took us up a steep bank below the summit cable-car station. I stopped several times....for the views of course ;-)
Below we could see the church where we had just come from.
At the summit there is a trig marker and wonderful views around.
The summit complex can be tacky with its arcades and themed amusements but the visitors centre (when open) with its exhibitions and information on the various nature and historical trails on the Orme is handy. In the summer months guided walks are available.
Back on our hike after some welcomed lunch at the summit cafe we followed a stone wall around the headland of the Orme..with a little deviation towards the cliffs.
At the top end we come accross a limestone pavement. The cracks formed by rainwater erosion are called gykes and the less weather beaten areas are clints. Although not as extensive as those of the Yorkshire Dales they are still a good example. They can trip up unwary feet too so becareful if you climb here!
From the limestone pavement there is a good view back to the summit.
Back on the path we followed the wall around to the west shore side of the Orme.
A little detour from the path affords fine views over the West Shore side and over to the Conwy estuary.
In the pic the lower path seen is the one we intended to take, following our guide book, which led down to the Marine drive toll road. However we wre taken by a more inviting path that contined to contour around on the Orme above this path.
Although the path was narrow it was safe and preferable than walking on a tarmac road.