APRIL 2018 – 3 Miles – THE GREAT ORME (NORTH WALES)

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Total Distance: 3 Miles
Highest Point: 679 Feet
Total Realistic Time: ~2 Hours

The Great Orme (Welsh: Y Gogarth) is a limestone headland on the north coast of Wales, above the town of Llandudno.  Its English name derives from the Old Norse word for sea serpent.  The Little Orme, a smaller but very similar limestone headland, is on the eastern side of Llandudno Bay.”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Orme

The Great Orme
The Great Orme

We drove to Llandudno Premier Inn near Llandudno North Great Orme, it took 1 hour and 30 mins from Stockport.

Checked in early at 13:30 at the Premier Inn as hotel room was ready.  Refreshed and had lunch at Brewster’s Fayre which was located next door.  I had gammon with pineapple and chips – an old favourite of mine which I have not had for quite some time.

After lunch we headed towards The Great Orme, we parked at Llandudno Pier car park.  From their we started the walk through the Happy Valley Park towards the outdoor ski centre.  From the ski centre, there are several paths that you could take to take in the views of the Great Orme walk.

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The view near the start of the leisurely walk to The Great Orme
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The view of the ski centre by the path to The Great Orme

The walk was different – mainly on grassy fields which was soft on the feet.  A few small hills to tackle taking in the The Great Orme tram – and following some of the track to the top of the Great Orme where the tram finished. Coffee shops and snack bars at the top.

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Last tram on the way back from The Great Orme
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One of the many views on the path

You are then able to walk around the top of Great Orme taking in the sights of the sea on one side of the walk and a field on the other, as it was lambing season there were many sheep and lambs roaming about .  Amazing weather for it, so lucky with the sun and a slight breeze and we both did not realise how hot it was and how much sun we took in.

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View from one side of The Great Orme
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Lambing season – many of them roaming in the sun
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View of many wind turbines in the distance

We walked for about 2 hours and 30 mins in total and ended back at Llandudno pier – we walked along the pier to the end where there was a bar and coffee bar, other small shops were closed at the time.  Fresh sea air and a view of many many more wind turbines located all out in the sea.  After which we headed back to Premier inn to refresh and go out for dinner.

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Stroll on the pier before we headed back to the hotel

We found a little restaurant called “Home cookin’ “ which was near Llandudno centre.  There were not many restaurants that we could see, luckily we found this one and it turned out to be lovely.  The best part was dessert – chocolate fudge cake with cream – it was so fresh and not overly sweet.  For dinner I ordered a sweet potato curry and that was refreshing and not too spicy.

We did not have a good nights sleep due to the room being so warm, so we got up early as we could not sleep anyway and headed down to breakfast next door at Brewster’s Fayre, this was added into the stay at Premier inn as it is our favourite part of the day to give you a good start.  The usual full English breakfast and continental buffet along with unlimited teas and coffees 👍

It was a short leisure break to take in some fresh air and sun.

EQUIPMENT

FOOD AND DRINK

  • 500ml Water
  • Walkers Cheese and Onion crisps
  • Massetts liquorice all-sorts

WISH I HAD

  • Salomon Women’s Eclipse GTX Walking Shoes (I somehow managed to break a nail on my big toe, probably due to the small hills)
  • More Water (Did not realise how hot it was)

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