One of the many Common blue butterflies seen today.
A Grayling butterfly.
Llandudno Pier from the path near the ski slope (top of Happy Valley gardens).
On the way to the zig-zag steps and the "Invalids' Terrace".
Walk stats: Distance: 9.5 miles. Climb: 1371'.
Time: 5 hours 38 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.2 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.7 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, Dave J and Celia.
After the continuous rain of yesterday, this turned out to be a superb day, two or three spots of rain early on, and then mainly glorious sunshine. Not too hot and not too cold, and only a gentle breeze to help us on the final "descent" to the zig-zag steps. Even Conwy Mountain was in cloud for most of the day, but we were in the best place without doubt.
Today turned out to be a butterfly day, particularly for the Common blue, that we seemed to everywhere on the Western side of the Great Orme. We saw a few Meadow brown, and if Dave is correct, a Grayling and Small heath too.
Flowers too were magnificent, particularly the Rock rose that was seen in abundance.
Not forgetting the birds, it was a Kestrel day, we must have seen at least 10, including a couple of juveniles.
Birds seen or heard today included: Kestrel, Jackdaw, Herring gull, Mute swan, Oystercatcher, Great cormorant, Chaffinch, Common blackbird, Greenfinch, Common buzzard, Guillemot, Gannet, European robin, Dunnock, Stonechat, Barn swallow, House martin, Raven, Red-billed chough, Black-billed magpie, House sparrow, Woodpigeon, Meadow pipit, Skylark, Kittiwake, Fulmar, Great black-backed gull, Lesser black-backed gull, Common starling, Pied wagtail, Linnet and Goldfinch.
We had lunch at the pic-nic site below(North) the summit of the Great Orme, where a very happy spaniel joined us and insisted that I threw a stick for it to retrieve. Thankfully it eventually failed in the task and rejoined its owner!
Always a superb walk, but today was one of the best!
After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Britannia Inn at Halkyn, a good pint of Lees bitter, the perfect way to celebrate a perfect walk!