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Mountain or Hill:The Little Orme

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The Little Orme is 463 ft in height. It is one of two headlands that are situated at either end of Llandudno Bay. The Little Orme is to the east and the other larger headland, the Great Orme, is to the west. Unlike the Great Orme, the Little Orme has not been developed for copper mining or tourism. There has been limestone quarrying but this ceased in 1936. The cliffs are a popular challenge for highly experienced rock climbers.

Parts of the Little Orme are a Site of Special Scientific Interest. The North Wales Bird Trust is located on its lower slopes, and the Little Orme is a warden-patrolled sanctuary for sea birds. Bird viewing around the cliffs can be facilitated by trips using small boats.

The medieval chapel of Blessed Mary of Penrhyn, abandoned in 1930 and now in ruins, is at the foot of the Little Orme in the grounds of Penrhyn Hall at Penrhyn Bay.


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Plan route to The Little Orme using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: SH 815823  Lat: 53.32498 Long: -3.77985

To visit the summit of the Little Orme, from Llandudno promenade continue east along the pavement on the sea-ward side towards Craigside (B5115). Continue up and past the houses and as the ground levels out, go through a kissing gate on your left and follow the North Wales Path on the right. Keep right and after about 400 metres go through a kissing gate. Continue to a large open space with a path turning off to the left and a NWP post ahead. Turn left here and continue ahead for 200 metres to a post. Turn left again to make your way to the trigpoint at the top. Take care near steep cliff edges!