It’s not technically spring until later this month but the past week has seen some much needed sunshine in this part of the world. It seems February had a different storm for every weekend but finally the sun came out, the wind dropped, stray pieces of fencing were picked up and it was time to make the most of the weather.
One of the great things about living in Llandudno is the variety of landscape within close distance of the town. Within a few miles you could be on the beach, up a mountain, by a lake or enjoying a woodland walk or any combination of the above! As the weather improved this week, it was time to stretch our legs and make the most of what is on our doorstep – here’s a selection of places that are close to home but seem a million miles from the town.
First stop and a popular choice for guests to visit was the Great Orme. At this time of year, the summit complex has yet to open and the trams don’t start to run until late March but as you can see from the pictures, preparations were underway and we spotted a couple of trams out on trial runs. There are some lovely walks around The Great Orme Country Park which give you great views over to Anglesey, the Conwy Valley and the town itself.
Marl Hall Woods
These woods are located alongside the A470 out of town. The walk up through the woods provides spectacular views across the Conwy Valley over to Anglesey in the distance. The woods are full of wild garlic and bluebells and make a great springtime walk. This walk also gives you access to the grounds of Bodysgallen Hall which links to a public right of way.
Coastal Cycle Path
Whether you walk or cycle this section of the National Cycle Route 5, you’ll be afforded fantastic views. The route runs the length of the North Wales Coast and the section closest to us in Llandudno is mainly off road. This week we cycled the section from West Shore to Penmaenmawr. This is a lovely route which takes you along the estuary, over the bridge to Conwy and then along the quayside and around the edge of Bodlondeb woods before picking up the coast again at Morfa Conwy where you get great views back over towards the Great Orme. If your fancy cycling rather than walking and don’t want to bring your own bikes, bike hire is available from https://family-cyclehire.online and they will deliver to the guest house direct.