26th May 2010 – 3rd day of roadtrip
After stepping out of Bodnant Garden which closes at 5pm, we still had many sunlight hours so I figured we should stop by at the Great Orme, located in the seaside town of Llandudno. Now what is the Great Orme? Well as far as I can tell it is a peculiar piece of land that has been designated as a “Site of Special Specific Scientific Interest”, or SSSI. More unfamiliar terms? Hoping to understand more, we headed out to the Great Orme.
The Great Orme has a number of attractions, including a Bronze Age copper mine, a visitor centre, artificial ski slope and a cable car that takes you up to the summit. Anyway all attractions have closed when we reached there about 7 we chose to take the Great Orme Marine Drive instead. It is a toll road that circles the Great Orme and it also leads you to the summit. Do remember to drive carefully to the summit as there are 2 180 degrees turns and you have to be dead slow to take both turns especially if you are in the inner lane.
The scenery is good and the steep slopes of the Great Orme seemed to be a good rock climbing surface as we saw numerous rock climbers all along the road. As the sun begins to set and the wind chill worsens, we decide to drive down from the summit and back to Plas Coch Guesthouse to get ready to hike Snowdon tomorrow.
Globenomads review ratings
The Great Orme Marine Drive: 4/5
Great views and the toll is only £2.50 which includes the parking fees at the summit car park, I can say no more. Do remember to display your toll ticket at the summit car park.
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