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|Great Orme Llandudno|
|Author: john+hewitt, Published: 01 Jun 2016||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A classic 6 mile circular walk around a limestone headland. The route takes you through a park, by Llandudno pier and along a quiet toll road (for cars) and includes dramatic cliff views. The walk is easy to join at most sections however parking can be difficult. The easiest parking can be found along Abbey Road and its side roads. There are a number of gates on the route and most of the route is solid underfoot.|
Park near the junction of Great Ormes Road and Abbey Road LL30 2EN in LLandudno. This area can be busy in summer, however there is always parking away from the coast roads. The Great Orme is a prominent limestone headland and is an easy landmark to head for. The walk starts from a footpath at the side of St David's Hospice and this heads up to a well-trodden path running along the side of the Orme. Once you reach this path turn right to start a circular walk around the Orme.
|Start to Tramline|
Start point: 53.3233 lat, -3.8449 long
Walk through a small park and past a cafe with amazing views and public toilets. The footpath becomes a single track road, Cwlach Road, follow this straight ahead and along Cwlach Street and Llwynon Gardens. You will reach the tram line on Old Road. Turn right down the hill.
|Tramline to Pier|
Start point: 53.3276 lat, -3.8363 long
After turning down Old Road, pass the tram station and turn left onto Church Walks. At the roundabout turn left and walk long North Parade which becomes Happy Valley Road. Follow the coast road past the pier.
|Pier to Lighthouse|
Start point: 53.3294 lat, -3.8284 long
Follow Happy Valley Road along the coast through a car toll gate after which it becomes Marine Drive. Shortly after, there are some former mine works on the left-hand side. This road gradually ascends to the lighthouse (see building in picture).
|Lighthouse to Coastal Artillery School|
Start point: 53.3417 lat, -3.8693 long
At the lighthouse the road descends back into Llandudno and past the remains of a coastal artillery school (concrete bases).
|Coastal Artillery School to Turn off the Road|
Start point: 53.3356 lat, -3.8736 long
Continue down to the point where Marine Drive becomes Abbey Road and look out for a castellated house. At the side of this, take the path on the left back to the start point overlooking Llandudno. (Alternatively, follow Abbey Road round to the left).
|Turn off the Road to End|
Start point: 53.323 lat, -3.8504 long
If you've taken the path (rather than the road), walk along this path and look out for a shelter and marker for a path to the summit on your left. The path back down to Abbey Road is on the right, heading away from the summit.
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The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.
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