Wales Coast Path: Colwyn Bay to Conwy

WCP Colwyn Bay to Conwy-15Sunday, 9th November, 2014 – 15.9 miles

We set off from home fairly early (for a Sunday morning!) and got to Colwyn Bay about 9:15. Plenty of free parking along the prom, so we parked very close to the pier and set off. Bright but crisp air with a few dog walkers on the beach and quite a few runners and cyclists.

Victoria Pier, Colwyn Bay

Victoria Pier, Colwyn Bay

We were rather surprised to see that there is very little evidence of ‘seaside resort’ in Colwyn Bay anymore, with no cafes or arcades evident on the prom. What was obviously once hotels or guest houses were being renovated into apartments. It looks like a pleasant residential place nowadays. Slightly further along, Rhos-on-Sea had more of the resort about it, with a good number of cafes and restaurants on the prom. We also came across St Trillo’s chapel, reputedly the smallest church in Britain, seating six.

St Trillo's Chapel

St Trillo’s Chapel

St Trillo's Chapel

St Trillo’s Chapel

We had a slight detour from the promenade here when the path had a short alternative route along the beach, with a good view across the bay to the Little Orme. It was good to get to the Little Orme and have a grassy footpath to walk on. We wandered around the headland for a bit, taking in the views back across the coast, then took a steep path uphill which had once been the inclined plane for the quarries.

View from Little Orme

View from Little Orme

Uphill on the Little Orme

Uphill on the Little Orme

Up here it was a lot quieter. Obviously fewer people are willing to make the climb. As we took the path downhill on the far side, the sound of ‘Land of my Fathers’ drifted up. It was Remembrance Sunday and there was obviously a service nearby, but we couldn’t see where the sound was coming from.

We were now walking round Llandudno Bay. There were a lot more people around here and from the numbers wearing dark clothes and poppies we could see they had attended a Remembrance Service. At the War Memorial, they were just packing away the PA, etc. There are large poppies on either side, one saying 1914, the other 1918.

Llandudno war memorial

Llandudno war memorial

A slightly more frivolous memorial is to Lewis Carroll. There is a trail around the Great Orme dedicated to Alice in Wonderland as apparently Alice Liddell’s family had a house here and Lewis Carroll stayed there.

Mad Hatter, Llandudno

Mad Hatter, Llandudno

We had lunch on a promenade bench, then headed for Marine Drive, which goes around the Great Orme. An ominous black cloud was heading out of Snowdonia towards us and it rained for about half an hour – not heavy, but I was glad it stopped when it did before I got wet feet.

Vintage bus tour on the Great Orme

Vintage bus tour on the Great Orme

We also saw the biggest fairy ring of toadstools I have ever come across!

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Toadstools

As we came down from the Orme to the west shore of Llandudno, it felt a lot cooler. We had been sheltered by the Orme earlier in the day, but here it was much fresher!

Looking south across the Conwy estuary

Looking south across the Conwy estuary

The route here took us along the Conwy estuary, past Deganwy, where we had spent New Year. The storms had caused a lot of damage. Eleven months on, the debris had been cleared but the promenade had not yet been repaired.

Storm damaged promenade, Deganwy

Storm damaged promenade, Deganwy

We walked into the sun to Conwy. We had a bit of time to wait for the train so we went into a cafe, where we were met by what can only be described as a baleful look … it must have been nearly closing time! The coffee and cake was nice – a smile wouldn’t have hurt …

Conwy Railway Arch

Conwy Railway Arch

It was quite surprising (and gratifying) how far the train journey back to Colwyn Bay seemed to be.WCP Colwyn Bay to Conwy

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