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Walk Around The Great Orme – Wales Coastal Path Circular Route

By Dave Roberts   

on May 23, 2016    5/5 (5)

Posted as a walk in – Europe, Wales, Wales Coast Path

Walk Around The Great Orme – Wales Coastal Path Circular Route

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Route Summary:

Walk along the Wales Coast Path along the Great Orme

Route Start Location: Llandudno

8.72 km 184 m

Calculate the time using Naismith’s Rule and factor in your own pace.

Activivity Type: Easy Moderate Walk, Trail or Fell Runs

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Plenty of facilities available in Llandudno


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Walk Around The Great Orme – Wales Coastal Path Circular Route

This is a moderate walk along the Wales Coastal Path from Llandudno around the spectacular Great Orme. It is surfaced all the way around, and other than a few steep sections, should be suitable for pushchairs, just be warned that it’s 9km all around. There are benches at regular intervals around the whole walk, as well as a cafe half way, so you could and probably should, take your time on this!

1 The route starts at the very far end of the promenade near the pier – or North Parade. Follow the road past the Grand Hotel, and pass above the entrance the pier. You’re soon onto the Marine Drive and the hustle and bustle of Llandudno is soon forgotten.

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2 The Marine Drive road is easy to follow, and ascends gently for the most part. The drops to the right are however quite steep, and while there are some paths that lead off towards the small coves we wouldn’t recommend following these unless you have a bit of local knowledge. There was someone fishing in the sea down there when we passed, but we couldn’t see from high above how he actually got there!

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3 Once you pass the Rest and Be Thankful cafe, the views start to open out even more. Even to a seasoned local, Ynys Mon is seen from an unusual angle with Ynys Seiriol seen end on. You can turn right onto a wide grassy platform for an even better view.

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4 The road descends now, but the views still open out. It’s now the Carneddau and the Conwy Bay’s turn, with each new step revealing even more of the view. As you descend, pass above a row of expensive housing, and try and spot the old Bishop’s Palace ruins by the shore.

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5 Pass the gatehouse, and soon after there’s a surfaced footpath to your left. This climbs initially, and is also the start of the ascent to the Orme (which is worth adding on to this route if time permits). Continue along this path, through the Haulfre Gardens, with views across Llandudno and plenty of resting spots for those taking a more relaxed walk. The statues of Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee are part of the Alice Town Trail which looks like a load of fun for families (and just about anyone!)

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6 The path leaves the Haulfre Gardens and now you need to follow the lane, which takes you past the tram station and back to the start of the walk.

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Dave Roberts founded Walk Eryri in 2004, with the aim of providing routes that are off the beaten track. Walk Eryri is now part of Mud and Routes which continues to provide more off beat routes and walks in Snowdonia and beyond. Dave has been exploring the hills of Eryri for over thirty years, and is a qualified Mountain Leader. Dave also established Walk up Snowdon, Walk up Scafell Pike and Walk up Ben Nevis just to mention a few.
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