A panorama from the Western slopes of the Great Orme.
Feral goats basking in the sunshine on the Great Orme.
A panorama from the Great Orme just above the Happy Valley.
One of the four Kestrels seen on the Western side of the Great Orme.
Walk stats: Distance: 9.8 miles. Climb: 1000' (Estimated as the wind assisted GPS reading of 1843' seems a little on the high side!).
Time: 5 hours 31 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.3 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.8 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn and Roger.
We arrived at the start on Llandudno West Shore, with a strong wind blowing off the sea towards us, and causing us to regret heading towards the beach to look at the para-surfers that were speeding back and forth along the sea, as we suffered a sand blasting before we hastily retreated!
The views all day were superb, there is always something special about walking in this area with so much coast to see, and the hills of Snowdonia to gaze upon too.
Lunch was taken in a shelter in Happy Valley, giving us a little respite from the wind and the Sun.
Bird seen or heard today included: Herring gull, Mute swan, Jackdaw, Carrion crow, Raven, Meadow pipit, Common kestrel, Barn swallow, Goldfinch, Fulmar, Great cormorant, Oystercatcher, Guillemot and Great black-backed gull.
Some of the flowers seen today included: Common mallow, Sea mayweed, Common valerian, White clover, Meadow buttercup, Creeping thistle, Spear thistle, Harebell, Small scabious, Common ragwort (hosting a Cinnabar moth caterpillar), Butterfly bush, Bramble and Viper's bugloss.
There were lots of Small white and Gatekeeper butterflies around, and others that we failed to identify, although most were probably Graylings.
After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Britannia Inn, where the Lees bitter went down well.
Overall a good walk, always worth repeating, even if as today we were occasionally buzzed by model aeroplanes!