Little Orme

A rocky limestone peak with super views back to Llandudno and the Great Orme, and a beach that’s often used by seals.

Technical sheet
No. 17453836
A Llandudno walk posted on 25/11/21 by Walks from the Door. Update : 25/11/21
Calculated time Calculated time: 2h00[?]
Distance Distance : 5.35km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 157m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 156m
Highest point Highest point : 126m
Lowest point Lowest point : 9m
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Llandudno
Starting point Starting point : N 53.323261° / W 3.796892°
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The walk starts at the far end of the North Shore. Either walk or drive along the seafront to the Lifeboat Station (1½ miles each way).

(D/A) Follow the B-road towards the Little Orme. The road curves inland as it climbs and passes the Craigside Inn. 200 yards later, turn left into Rhiwledyn nature reserve. Follow the rocky path uphill and past a bench. Continue below the crags of the Little Orme on the left past another bench to an information board and gate at the far side of the nature reserve.

(1) Beyond the gate, continue through gorse to a grassy triangle, where you take the path off to the left, which climbs to the col between the two summits of the Little Orme. As the Great Orme comes into view, take a grassy path on the left, which climbs to the trig pillar at the highest point of the headland. Return the same way. Now take a path running to the left of the other summit (topped by a traditional cairn). This path runs through bracken round the end of a limestone crag, and keeps well to the right of a former observation post with a curved wall. At the end of this stretch is a narrow path descending through gorse – take care, as it emerges above a quarry face.

(2) At this point, rejoin the official coast path route along the fence above the quarry then descend through scrub, before swinging left across the grassy floor of the quarry. Turn right through a kissing gate by the remains of the winding gear and descend the steep former incline to the level below. Take a short detour left to look for seals on the beach of Porth Dyniewaid (Angel Bay), then return to the coast path. Follow the obvious path to the left of a shallow quarry, ignoring a turning on the left leading down to the houses. When a broad path leading across the quarry floor joins obliquely from the right, take a narrow path on the right that climbs through scrub and shortly meets a metal gate at the end of a lane.

(3) Follow the lane between cottages then, beyond the second cottage, turn sharp right through a wooden kissing gate onto a footpath that climbs to Ty Uchaf farm. Pass through the farmyard and follow the surfaced driveway down to the road.

(4) Turn left along the road through a gap in a low ridge, then take the first right (Bryn-y-Bia Road). Follow the road for ¼ mile to a junction. Bear right, then cross the road to a combined path and cycleway to the right of a house entrance. This path leads along the rear of gardens for a little under ¼ mile then emerges at the end of Aber Drive. Follow the road ahead back to the B5115 and the beach. Now walk or drive back along the North Shore to return to Llandudno and The View.(D/A)

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 9m - The View Guesthouse
1 : km 1.36 - alt. 109m - Gate
2 : km 2.23 - alt. 86m - Official Coast Path
3 : km 3.63 - alt. 43m - Pentre Isaf
4 : km 4.02 - alt. 64m - Colwyn Road
D/A : km 5.35 - alt. 9m - The View Guesthouse

Useful Information

Paths are rocky in places and there are unfenced cliffs and quarry faces.

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

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