Running the Great Orme

Llandudno is a rather attractive seaside resort and a varied place for running – with a wide sweeping promenade stretching for two miles between the headlands of the Great Orme and the Little Orme . Victorian seafront hotels are well maintained and painted in a limited range of pastel shades and provided the backdrop for the start of the run.

I soon headed upwards towards the Great Orme, climbing around 200 metres quite rapidly, which even made my Sheffield Tour de France run seem quite modest.

The views that unfolded at the top was stunning though.

The half a dozen miles on the Great Orme broadly followed the undulating top of the limestone headland with the heather and gorse looking delightful. The run back into town was harder on the quads than I had expected but included a pair of unusual war memorials.

A run earlier in the week had seen the Great Orme and a neighbouring hill of The Vardre from a different perspective on a very windy beach on the other side of the Conwy estuary.



5 thoughts on “Running the Great Orme

    1. runner500 Post author

      It was typical British summer weather – around 20 degrees, but quite windy, as for the photos, I just stop and take them with the camera on my phone (although the first one I think was taken a couple of days before I ran) – I needed a quick break once I got to the top of the hill! Good to see you back posting and commenting!

    1. runner500 Post author

      Thanks; I was very pleasantly surprised by it, I was expecting something akin to a Welsh Blackpool but it was a lot more elegant, with a really attractive seafront and promenade, a decent pier and the fantastic headlands at either end.


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