The thrilling coast road around the Great Orme – on the Wales Coast Path

The Great Orme is an amazing limestone headland with quirky trams, rare wildflowers and wild goats, says Lorna Jenner

ONE OF THE MOST MEMORABLE SECTIONS OF THE WALES COAST PATH along the North Wales Coast is the stretch between Llandudno and Conwy, going around the massive limestone headland of the Great Orme.

The official Coast Path hugs the coast tightly following Marine Drive, a four mile toll road, around the lower part of the Great Orme

The Drive was originally built in 1878 as a scenic carriage road for the Victorian tourists who were beginning to flock to Llandudno. This route has lots to offer as the ever-changing views are magnificent and walk is along the pavement, making it accessible for all. There is even a good tea-shop, the ‘Rest and be Thankful’, part-way round. However the café name is a reminder that, although this route doesn’t include the steep climb up to the Orme Summit, it still involves some ascent.