Llandudno & Colwyn Bay Walks
Date: 3rd Apr 2012
Distance: 2.5 miles
Ascent: 495 feet
Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
Start Grid Ref: SH801822
My second visit to the top of Little Orme in two days this time climbing from the Llandudno side. Great all round views.
Route Summary: A straightforward there and back route on to Little Orme from the seafront just west of Craigside.
1. Little Orme from the beach at Craigside
2. The southern flank of Little Orme
3. The small hill of Bryn Euryn above Rhos-on-Sea
5. Gwynt y Mor windfarm
6. Little Orme Head from Creigiau Rhiwledyn
7. The feather capped cairn on Creigiau Rhiwledyn
8. Looking along Ormes Bay to Great Orme
9. By the trig point on Little Orme
10. Rhos-on-Sea from Little Orme
11. Dave looking out to sea
12. Looking across Llandudno to Conwy Bay
Walk Detail: After another fairly dreary morning the wind began to pick up in the afternoon and temporarily blew some holes in the clouds allowing the sun to breakthrough. As visibility was quite good I decided to pop back up onto Little Orme to see if I could get better views than the previous day.
The previous day I'd gone up one my own but this time I was accompanied by my father-in-law. For the sake of a bit of variety, and so I could take some initial photos from a different angle, we parked up on the Llandudno side of Little Orme from where it was a straightforward walk up to the top of Conwy Road and then up the right of way to the summit of Little Orme.
Unlike the previous day I made the short detour en route to the subsidary top of Creigiau Rhiwledyn which was marked by a substantial stone cairn topped with a feather belonging to a large seabird. Somewhat frustratingly the sun was now only coming through in small patches but the air clarity was much better than the previous day and in particular I was impressed with the view east to the long line of the Clwydian Range. Further to the north I could also make out some of the coastal towns of the Wirral.
The good impression I had of Little Orme the previous day was reinforced on this little outing and certainly if you are staying in the area a visit to the top is a very worthwhile way of spending an hour or two.