Llandudno & Colwyn Bay Walks
Mynydd Pant and Nant-y-Gamar
Date: 4th Apr 2012
Distance: 3.9 miles
Ascent: 492 feet
Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
With: On my own
Start Grid Ref: SH796813
A decent little walk up on to the limestone hill of Mynydd Pant with the highlight being the view of Llandudno from Nant-y-Gamar at the end of the walk.
Route Summary: Fferm Bach Road - Coed Gaer - Mynydd Pant - Nant-y-Gamar - Fferm Bach Road
1. The western slopes of Nant-y-Gamar
2. The hollow known locally as 'The Snakepit'
3. Llandudno and Great Orme
4. Approaching the top of Mynydd Pant
5. The top of Mynydd Pant
6. Nant-y-Gamar from Mynydd Pant
7. Blackthorn in flower
8. Mynydd Pant from Nant-y-Gamar
10. Looking across Llandudno to Great Orme
Walk Detail: After a stormy night, which had seen a ship run ashore at nearby Llandulas, it had continued to rain most of the morning. By mid-afternoon the rain had finally cleared and with the winds easing I decided to head out for another short walk, this time to explore the limestone hills just south of Little Orme.
This proved to be a decent enough little walk which included some nice woodland, particularly through Coed Gaer ('Fortress Woods') round the back of St. David's College. On Mynydd Pant there was plenty of limestone and gorse in evidence. The highest point was marked by a small mast and a covered reservoir. The views were fairly good though not as good as Little Orme to the north.
Between Mynydd Pant and Nant-y-Gamar to the north there was a long hedgerow of flowering blackthorn which, along with the almost ever present gorse, was a common sight on the walks I did over the course of the week. The limestone grassland of Nant-y-Gamar is a designated SSSI and where the path arrives at the top of the limestone scar on the hills western flank there is a superb view across Llandudno - probably the highlight of the walk.
While not as interesting as some of the other walks I did over the course of the week this was still an enjoyable enough little ramble and one that I'd possibly do again.