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Walk up the Great Orme from Llandudno

By Dave Roberts   

on April 1, 2016    No ratings yet.

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Walk up the Great Orme from Llandudno

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Route Summary:

The Great Orme, or Gogarth, is one of the principal landmarks of North Wales. While you can cheat your way to the top by car, tram or cablecar; if you’re on this site then you’re probably looking for a more energetic way to the top. This route takes in the main views, that are mainly breathtaking, along with the historic mines on the headland.

Avoid in tourist season!

Route Start Location: Great Orme

6.54 km 319 m 1hr 30min

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

Activivity Type: Easy Moderate Walk

Summits and Places on this Route


Check out the businesses nearby for more places to stay and drink.


Remember that we cannot outline every single hazard on a walk – it’s up to you to be safe and competent. Read up on Mountain Safety , Navigation and what equipment you’ll need.

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Walk up the Great Orme from Llandudno Ordnance Survey Map and GPX File Download

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Walk up the Great Orme from Llandudno

The Great Orme dominates most views along the North Wales Coast, and a walk to the top is well worth the effort. You can even walk up while more sedentary members of your group take the tram up! We’d advise you to avoid during busier periods, as the summit can be a tourist trap, but also has a bar!

This walk takes two of the three walks detailed in the leaflet linked to below, ascending by the Zig Zag Path and descending via the Happy Valley Path. The Zig Zag is the steepest path up, but you can easily modify the route to follow the Haulfre Garden’s Trail instead.

More information on Great Orme Walks , or a direct link to the downloadable guide –Routes up the Great Orme Llandudno

Photo credit: hr.icio via Foter.com / CC BY
Photo credit: hr.icio via Foter.com / CC BY

Photo credit: hr.icio via Foter.com / CC BY

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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