A Trip To The Seaside

The seaside beckons us for a sunny day out…

There are few things that I enjoy more than a day spent by the sea. Ant and I make a trip to the brisk North Wales coast and get a taste of the seaside while we’re at it.

One of the reasons why Antony and I wanted to move to Wales was the sheer variety of scenery and terrain that is on offer here, it certainly out matches Guildford by a long shot! We used to spend entire weekends travelling around the country to experience the same kind of change in environment we see within half an hour here, it’s part of the reason why North Wales is such a popular destination for hikers and outdoor enthusiasts like us!

Both Antony and I adore living in the heart of Snowdonia, we love getting amongst the wonderful mountains and keeping our eye out for wild goats, but there’s a whole other side to North Wales that we also adore: the seaside. For those unfamiliar with Wales, it lies on the West side of England, with a coast line that stretches over 1,400 km long. Although the mountains and forests of Wales certainly have their charms, it’s hard not to fall in love with the sheer beauty that the Welsh coastline has to offer. It also helps that these rugged good looks are further complimented by some of the quaintest seaside towns that the UK has to offer.

Tourists have been flocking to the charming coastal towns of Wales since the Victorian era, when the Great British Holiday was truly born. It was the advent of the National Rail system that brought British tourists from all corners of the country to Wales during the Summer seasons, heralding era of investment that saw hundreds of hotels and attractions open their doors. Although many of these seaside towns have fallen into a state of disrepair since their heyday, there are a handful of Welsh towns which have managed to hold onto their regal appearance and also keep attracting visitors to their shores, Llandudno is certainly one of them.

We thought we’d take a break from walking in the wild and head to one of the most beloved of Welsh tourist towns. During the summer Llandudno is still one of a few tourist towns that remains busy, with families coming from all over the country to enjoy the classically Victorian promenade and beach. When we visited during October it was windswept and empty, a far cry from its bustling character during the peak season. Still, regardless of how quiet the town was, the enduring charm of the grand Victorian architecture and wide promenade was quite the sight. Our aims for the day were simple: trek up onto The Great Orme to get a view of the town below, eat some Fish’n’Chips and enjoy a pint in a pub.

The Great Orme is a towering mass of limestone that dominates Llandudno’s skyline. Rising 207m out of the sea, it’s quite the sight and serves as one of the town’s chief tourist attractions. Visitors can choose to either walk up, take a cable car or jump on the historic Great Orme tramway. Fancying the challenge, we fix our eyes on the horizon and storm our way up the hill. The little road that winds its way up to the summit is shared by the tram, which passes us a couple of times as we make our slow ascent. When we make it to the peak we are greeted by a wonderfully clear view of the ocean, with Llandudno far below us in all it’s Victorian kitsch glory. Feeling like we’ve achieved about as much as we can with the day, we hop on the cable car, our minds firmly fixed on a lovely Fish dinner and pint of local ale.