Winter Walks Around Llandudno

Once the cold winter weather sets in, most of us are tempted to stay indoors in the comfort of a warm fire. It can often be a struggle to motivate ourselves to face the chilly outdoors, but it definitely has its health benefits.

If you’re staying at a hotel in Llandudno during the winter season, it’s understandable that you’d probably want to spend most of your break relaxing in your hotel room. However, with Llandudno being such a picturesque location to explore, it’s certainly worth getting outdoors this winter to see the gorgeous landscape.

Christmas time often means we tend to indulge in all kinds of delicious foods – cheeses, chocolates, and puddings to name just a few. In result of this, New Year’s resolutions to join the gym are often made.

With Llandudno being such a beautiful area full of walking paths, there’s no need for a pricey gym membership in the New Year. Here’s a list of five walks that can be taken at a leisurely stroll, or jogged along if you’re feeling brave!

The Great Orme Nature Trail

This clearly way-marked and circular path starts and finishes at the summit. You’ll have to drive up to the summit car park to begin this walk, but the views are definitely worth it.

It’s quite a challenging route, with lots of steep hills and grassy tracks, so ensure you wear suitable footwear. If you usually take your dog with you on walks, it’s essential that you keep them on a lead, due to grazing animals along the path.

There are two path options for the nature trail. The longer route spans 4 miles, whereas the shorter alternative is 3.5 miles.

This trail is fantastic for lovers of nature as there is a diverse range of flora to observe, as well as a large number of resident bird species. In the springtime, you might also catch a glimpse of the incredibly cute baby Kashmiri goat kids from the resident herd on the Great Orme.

The Great Orme Historical Trail

Much like the nature trail, this circular walk has two paths of varying difficulty. The longest route is 4.2 miles (2 ½ hours on average), with the shorter route being 3.2 miles (2 hours). If you’re feeling fit, you can combine both of these walks. Once again, this trail starts at the Great Orme car park.

You’ll experience some fantastic views along the way, and there are some useful information points along the trail to inform you of the history of the Great Orme.

The Little Orme

This circular walk starts off at the Llandudno promenade, and takes you all the way up to the summit of the Little Orme. You’ll be rewarded with superb views of the surrounding Carneddau Mountains and coast.

The walk takes around two hours on average to complete, and is 3.2 miles long. The terrain varies throughout the walk, so it’s essential you bring suitable walking boots or trainers as it can get quite rocky.

The Llandudno Town Trail

The Llandudno Town Trail guides you through the entire town of Llandudno. You’ll find information boards dotted along the route to inform you of nearby places of interest and further walking routes.

This trail is a great way to familiarise yourself with the town, and offers a number of cafes for you to stop in and have a warm drink along the way. With much of Llandudno’s architecture remaining traditional, it’s a wonderful walk for those interested in the history of this Victorian town.

Conwy RSPB Nature Reserve

This walk begins at the West Shore bus stop in Llandudno, and takes you all the way to the town of Conwy. As an added benefit, it’s suitable for prams and wheelchairs, which means it’s a flat and non-technical walk which is manageable by all.

The entire walk is around 4.8 miles long, but you can set your own distance. There are some fantastic views over the river to Anglesey as you walk along the Deganwy promenade and quay.

When the walk finishes in Conwy town, you’ll find plenty to see and do. There are also a number of pubs and cafes to be found within this historical little town, perfect for having a refreshing drink after a long walk.