Last weekend we celebrated the end of Lockdown, and the return to normality, with a trip to Anglesey. We thoroughly enjoyed our time on the island and decided to spend the last day in Llandudno.
Llandudno is a very special place for me. I spent so many happy days there, as a child, one of our favourite family days out was a walk around the Great Orme, enjoying the amazing views; picnicking and eating ice cream! This is probably why the Great Orme is one of my most favourite places. The large promontory is a limestone headland on the north coast of Wales. Referred to as Cyngreawdr Fynydd by the 12th-century poet Gwalchmai ap Meilyr, its English name derives from the Old Norse word for sea serpent. It's certainly an interesting sight from below.
There is a funicular railway taking visitors to the top of the Great Orme, sadly it wasn't running when we visited. So, we chose to drive up and walk around the headland once we were at the top. The carpark was fairly busy but once we set off, we had the walk to ourselves. The sun was shining and the views were amazing.
One of the other attractions in Llandudno is Madoc Books, a bookseller specialising in Welsh antiquarian tours and topography. We spent a thoroughly enjoyable hour browsing and left with an excellent selection and addition to our collection.