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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





wales4337A walk along West Beach on Boxing Day 2021 - Llandudno





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




wales4338Cloud enshrouded hills above Conwy, as seen from Deganwy





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





wales4110Climb the steps of the town walls for some excellent views - Conwy




















wales4115Conwy 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 - Conwy



















wales4054The bridge, built by Thomas Telford, spans the River Conwy but is only used as a footbridge rather than for traffic - Conwy




wales4072A great view of the three bridges crossing the Conwy River. On the left is the main road bridge, centre is Telford's Conwy Suspension Bridge, while on the right is the rail bridge - Conwy




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



















wales4059Finally I had the opportunity to explore Conwy Castle at the end of 2021 - Conwy



















wales4076The River Gyffin flows past the castle - Conwy




wales4070The panoramic views from the top of the castle towers are superb, though holding a camera steady in the wind is easier said than done! Conwy




wales4082The riverside town of Conwy, with Llandudno's Great Orme in the distance



















wales4088On the peninsula on the opposite bank is Deganwy, again with the Great Orme in the background - Conwy




















wales4097This guy welcomes all to Conwy Castle - Conwy




wales4101Much of the interior is in ruins, but for me the big appeal was always going to be climbing the towers and taking in the scenery - Conwy




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




wales4057In a quiet but central patch of Conwy is St Mary's Church




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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