Great Orme day walk
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Join us for a walk up and around Great Orme's Head, the limestone hill and cliffs dominating one end of the seafront at Llandudno.
Don't worry if the walks full, put your name on the waiting list and then if someone pulls out you will get a place. We usually tell everyone on the waiting list to come anyway.
Expect some fantastic coastal views looking back towards Snowdonia and out towards The Isle of Man. We start off along the shore line overlooking the vast expanse of Conwy Sands and Conwy Bay. We will then go around the circumference and climb up onto the summit of The Great Orme - a headland jutting out into The Irish Sea. The geology, wildlife, archaeology and landscape of the Great Orme (Pen-y-Gogarth) on the Creuddyn Peninsula is of such importance that much of the headland has been designated a Special Area of Conservation, a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Heritage Coast. Our route will pass all the things of interest which subject to demand and timing we can incorporate e.g. The caves, the lighthouse, The Telegraph Station, the Victorian Electric tramway, the visitor centre (beer and refreshments available), the copper mines, the Country Park and Nature reserve with its Kashmiri Goats, and finally dropping down to the famous Victorian resort of Llandudno.
Also taking place nearby on the same weekend:
- Watersports activity day: https://www.outdoorlads.com/events/watersports-activity-day-north-wales…
- Saturday day walk: https://www.outdoorlads.com/events/north-wales-path-llanfairfechan-llan…
- Saturday evening social: https://www.outdoorlads.com/events/north-wales-summer-social-180811
Why not make a weekend of it? There is plenty of accommodation in Llandudno for all budgets, from hostels to hotels.
What to bring
Water: bring at least two litres
Medicines: if you have hay fever, diabetes, minor ailments etc.
Day rucksack: typically 20-30 litres, they are comfortable to wear and allow you to use your arms freely
Boots: waterproof and breathable and designed for hiking, trainers are OK if the ground is dry and there’s little chance of rain
Gaiters: recommended for wet weather or boggy conditions
Socks: proper walking socks will keep your feet dry and help prevent blisters
Layered clothing: lets you quickly adapt to changes in the weather and body temperature. Go for a base layer (vest or t-shirt) and a mid layer (a micro fleece or shirt) and in cooler weather add an outer layer (a windproof jacket or thick fleece)
Trousers: ideally no jeans as they become heavy and cold in the rain, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry and on warm days shorts are OK
Waterproof jacket: essential when hiking in all but the calmest of weather, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry
Gloves: Windproof, or better still, waterproof gloves are the best choice, bring a spare pair if expecting rain
Hat or cap: stay warm in winter and shaded in summer
Sunglasses: for any sunny day, even in winter
Sun cream: can be useful even on cloudy and winter days
Snacks: bring biscuits, energy bars, gels, bananas, chocolate or dried fruit for example and put them somewhere easy to get hold of
Lunch: bring a packed lunch unless otherwise stated
Food & drink
Refreshments are available at the sumit station and in Llandudno, but you are also welcome to bring a packed lunch. Bring plenty of water, especially if it is a hot day.