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After a trip to Devon I managed to squeeze in one more 'staycation' before my furlough ended, so i returned home to north Wales to stake out Llandudno (again), Conwy (again) and Wrexham - July 2020.


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wales3158Opposite Llandudno train station is Alice in Wonderland! She's part of the Alice Town Trails in the resort town - Llandudno


wales3186The main focus of Llandudno is on the North Shore's promenade, pictured here framed by the rocky peninsula known as the Great Orme



wales3166The Great Orme rises above The Parade - Llandudno

















wales3178It's a popular Victoria-era resort, which still gets its fair share of holidaymakers - Llandudno
















wales3207Llandudno's North Shore is fronted by an abundance of hotels and bed & breakfasts - Llandudno


wales3179Llandudno pier, built in 1878, is the longest in Wales at 699m - Llandudno




wales3216Llandudno pier, built in 1878, is the longest in Wales at 699m - Llandudno
















wales3157Continuing the Alice Town Trails, this must be the Mad Hatter sitting on the Promenade - Llandudno

















wales3250Looking across Llandudno, away from the North Shore towards West Shore and Conwy


wales3261West Shore is a wide expanse of beach opposite Conwy - Llandudno




wales3439Keep walking along West Shore towards Deganwy and take in the Great Orme behind - Llandudno
















wales3282Walk or drive along Marine Drive, which forms a circuit around the base of the Great Orme, taking in views of West Shore and Deganwy (pictured) - Llandudno
















wales3291You can also strain the eyes for a long distance peek at Conwy Castle - Llandudno


wales3307Looking down from the slopes of the Great Orme on the West Shore side. It can be windy up there! Llandudno




wales3297Kashmiri goats have been roaming the headland since the 19th century. I also saw a couple wandering the streets - Llandudno
















wales3279Across the Irish Sea to the north Wales coast and Anglesey - Llandudno

















wales3324The coast west of Conwy at Dwygyfylchi and Penmaenmawr - Llandudno


wales3311When COVID is a distant memory, the comfortable way of accessing the Great Orme is via the seasonal Great Orme Tramway, and when weather allows there's also the Cable Car - Llandudno


wales3313I took the manual way, panting up the steep road for great views of the North Shore - Llandudno















wales3316The sweeping arc of the North Shore - Llandudno

















wales3319 There's a seasonal summit complex at the top of the Great Orme housing a cafe, bar and gift shop - Llandudno


wales3333See the rolling hills rise above the coastline - Llandudno


wales3317On the north slope is St Tudno's Church, after which the town is named - Llandudno

















wales3335The Great Orme Ancient Mines were Bronze Age copper mines dating back 4,000 years - Llandudno

















wales3337Also on the headland is the Great Orme Cromlech, a 5,000-year-old Neolithic burial chamber - Llandudno


wales3343The Little Orme, at the end of the North Shore, comes into view - Llandudno


wales3345 The pier, North Shore and the Little Orme, as seen from the Great Orme - Llandudno
















wales3352Walking down into town via Happy Valley Botanical Gardens - Llandudno


















wales3169The Victorian frontage of the North Shore - Llandudno


wales3222See the green countryside surrounding Llandudno




wales98The Great Orme (pictured) and Little Orme are limestone headlands at either side of Llandudno Bay, separated by the North Shore - Llandudno















wales3160The scary-looking Queen of Hearts I presume? She's part of the Alice Town Trails in Llandudno

















wales3204A soft sun shines on the North Shore and the promenade - Llandudno


wales3202I'd guess it was a brisk 40min walk from the Great Orme to the base of the Little Orme - Llandudno




wales3210Wind turbines of the Gwynt-y-Mor offshore wind farm - Llandudno

















wales3198Next up was a trek up the Little Orme, at the far end of the North Shore - Llandudno
















wales3359More great panoramas, this time from the peak of the Little Orme looking across to the Great Orme - Llandudno


wales3371The eastern view from the Little Orme takes in Rhos-on-Sea and further along the coast, Prestatyn and Rhyl in the distance - Llandudno




wales3365More rolling hills and greenery surrounding Llandudno

















wales3380Sailing boats on the Irish Sea - Llandudno


















wales1426aUnknown to me until 2018 there's a seal colony at Angel Bay at the eastern base of the Little Orme. I didn't have my good camera but you can see two seals on the shore in the middle , another two just in the sea to their right, two more near the big rock at the bottom and several at the top of the beach - Llandudno


wales3385I came back a few months later and got these photos, three on the rocks and one in the water - Llandudno




wales3390There was a playful battle as to who got to lie on the rocks - Llandudno


















wales1426eMy Dad takes in the north Wales coast from the Little Orme - Llandudno
















wales308Bodysgallen Hall is a manor house and now a hotel/spa mainly dating to the 17th century - Llandudno


wales3438It's a nice long walk from Llandudno, along West Shore to Conwy



wales3436Across the bay near Conwy - Llandudno

















wales3445Keep walking along West Shore to the mouth of the River Conwy - Llandudno

















wales3448After leaving Llandudno the first town to pass is Deganwy, from where Conwy's marina is directly opposite


wales3450There's a marina and riverside hotel & spa in Deganwy




wales3457The outskirts of Conwy as seen from Deganwy














wales1424The sun sets on Conwy, as seen from Deganwy
















wales3460A short walk past Deganwy, and Conwy Castle comes into view - Conwy


wales3467Conwy Castle from across the Conwy River near Deganwy - Conwy


wales3475Conwy Castle dominates the entrance to Conwy

















wales3527Continuing past the bridge to Conwy, and along the rivershore towards RSPB Conwy - Conwy


wales3531RSPB Conwy is a wetland reserve on the outskirts of Llandudno Junction, on the opposite side of the river from Conwy




wales3530Further upriver is the town of Glan Conwy


















wales3482I crossed the bridge and passed a looming Conwy Castle - Conwy


















wales3489The riverside is a lively one on a warm summer's day - Conwy


wales3491Guessing these are lobster baskets sitting on the quay - Conwy




wales3496The quayside is a small area overlooking the Conwy estuary, complete with a pub and a couple of ice-cream and chip-shop stalls - Conwy















wales3569The red building is the Smallest House in Great Britain, measuring only 1.8m wide and 3.05m high. Cosy! Conwy















wales3541The town walls, like the castle, are from the 13th century - Conwy


wales64eA great view of Conwy Castle and the town, with the Conwy River behind - Conwy



wales55Climb the steps of the town walls for some excellent views - Conwy



















wales64cConwy River as seen from the town walls, with Deganwy across the water - Conwy

















wales3474The buildings of the quay continue up to the formidable old town walls - Conwy


wales3499A more peaceful side of the castle, on the opposite bank of the River Gyffin - Conwy




wales3504The River Gyffin meets the Conwy estuary - Conwy
















wales3507Behind the castle is the 19th century Conwy Suspension Bridge, built by Thomas Telford - Conwy


















wales351113th century Conwy Castle forms part of English King Edward I's iron ring, his idea being to suppress the Welsh


wales3533Porth Uchaf, or Upper Gate, is one of the old town entrances - Conwy




wales3546The link from the quay to the High Street is through Porth Isaf, or Lower Gate - Conwy

















wales3556The top of the High Street opens into Lancaster Square - Conwy


















wales3562In the town centre is Aberconwy House, a 15th century merchant house. Also in town is Plas Mawr, a 16th century townhouse - Conwy


wales3573The attractive riverside trail (at least at the beginning) leads to the marina - Conwy




wales3579Out of picture is the perfectly situated The Mulberry, a pub-restaurant with lots of outdoor seating - Conwy

















wales3581The modern 500 berth marina - Conwy


















wales3587There's a small beach with a jetty next to the marina, opposite Deganwy - Conwy


wales3586Lovely scenery on the Conwy estuary - Conwy




wales3595Kids playing on the estuary beach, with sailing boats passing in front of the Great Orme - Conwy
















wales3600Crossing the bridge from Deganwy to Conwy

















wales3606The river is almost a mirror - Conwy


wales3611Sunset over the River Conwy and the Great Orme in the distance, middle right - Conwy


wales3613It's a beautiful setting - Conwy


















wales3616Maybe too many river sunset photos, but hey I couldn't choose! Conwy



















wales3621A great walk is up Conwy Mountain, called Mynydd y Dref in Welsh - Conwy


wales3627It's relatively quick and easy, being only 244m high, but with brilliant panoramic views, including the castle - Conwy




wales3631Conwy Castle forms the backdrop to grazing horses - Conwy


















wales3636In the opther direction is the Great Orme and the Conwy estuary - Conwy
















wales3645In the foereground is Conwy marina, with Deganwy across the water - Conwy


wales3651Llandudno, the West Shore and the River Conwy as it heads into the Irish Sea - Conwy





wales3652All is calm on the River Conwy - Conwy

















wales77aThe Groes Inn, 4km from Conwy, was the first licensed house in Wales, in 1573


















wales1420Looking at the map I think the town across the Conwy River from the Groes Inn is Llansanffraid, aka Glan Conwy - Conwy




wales3656Subway murals on my way to Llandudno Junction bus station - Llandudno Junction



















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