An interesting walk to the Bryn Pydew Obelisk.
Coastal view from the Bryn Pydew Obelisk.
Llandudno and the Great Orme from the Bryn Pydew Obelisk.
"They did it this way."
Gloddaeth Hall from Bryn Pydew Quarry Nature Reserve.
Gloddaeth Hall in the distance - our after lunch uphill challenge.
Lunch is over, time to go before it starts to rain.
Penrhyn and the Little Orme on the horizon.
Walk stats: Distance: 6.7 miles. Climb: 1486' (GPS wind assisted reading), probably nearer to half of that!
Time: 3 hours 51 minutes. On the move walking average: 2.2 m.p.h. Overall walk average: 1.7 m.p.h.
Group: Martyn, David S., Tim and Phil.
A good morning forecast with wet and windy weather heading our way in the afternoon. We arrived at the car park with the car indicating the outside temperature was 13.5 Celsius, at times in the morning it felt warmer than that! It was definitely a shorts day!
The views from the Bryn Pydew Obelisk were superb, especially towards Conwy Mountain and the Northern Carneddau. The coastal views towards the Great Orme and the Little Orme were good too. The wind farm off Abergele was clearly in view to the North west.
After leaving the oblesik we passed the home of Llandudno's Punch and Judy, at least that is what was implied by the van parked outside.
Lunch was taken at the Bryn Pydew Quarry nature Reserve, just South of Glanwydden. Convenient limestone rocks on the edge of the quarry gave reasonable, but perhaps not the best of angled perches, but at least we could sit down in a relatively sheltered spot. I even had reasonable views towards Gloddaeth Hall, our afternoon highest point and the Little Orme, often on our itinerary, but not today.
Towards the end of lunch we started to feel a few spots of rain, and one by one, most of the group started to put on waterproof jackets.
Even after going through the grounds of Gloddaeth Hall and heading towards Bodysgallen Hall, when the rain was at its worst, the strong breeze did its best to make sure you didn't get too wet.
We arrived back at the car a little sooner than was ideal, on this occasion my short cuts shortened the walk a little too much!
Nevertheless we had a had a good walk, mainly in warm unseasonal like conditions, happy that we had missed the wind and horrendous rain forecast for later in the day.
Birds seen or heard today included: Common blackbird, Eurasian jay, Black-billed magpie, Jackdaw and Wood nuthatch.
After walk drinks were enjoyed at the Britannia Inn at Pentre Halkyn, where the Lees bitter was in fine fettle (but that isn't unusual for this hostelry).