Saturday, 3 January 2009

Winter paradise

It's always sunny, the grass is always green. The sea looks blue and so is the sky. Therefore I called this place a winter paradise, well... except for the temperature, it's almost always summer in here.nicholson3
The Great Orme (Welsh: Y Gogarth or Pen y Gogarth) is a prominent limestone headland on the north coast of Wales situated in Llandudno. The Great Orme is run as a nature reserve by the Conwy County Borough Countryside Service, with a number of protective designations (including Special Area of Conservation, Heritage Coast, Country Park, and Site of Special Scientific Interest), being an area two miles (3.2 km) long by one mile (1.6 km) wide. It is home to a long-established herd of several hundred feral Kashmir goats (a present from Queen Victoria). There are numerous paths for walking on the summit, including a section of the North Wales Path, a long distance route. About half the Great Orme is in use as farmland, mostly for sheep grazing.
The nicholson bundle up in winter outfit to fight the cold winds.
A cabin-lift (built 1969) and the Great Orme Tramway, a vintage tram system (built 1902), convey visitors to the summit of the Great Orme, past one of only two artificial ski slopes in North Wales, complete with one of the longest toboggan runs in the UK. (Beware, it's really windy up there!)

Around the lower slopes of the Orme are landscaped gardens in the Happy Valley and terraces in the Haulfre Garden on the landward facing steeply sloping southern side. Invalid walks link the Haulfre Gardens with the western end of the Marine Drive.

The 'Marine Drive' toll road runs around the coastal perimeter of the Orme and leads to St. Tudno's Church, the award-winning Bronze Age Copper Mine and to the Great Orme Summit complex with car park. The toll road ticket also pays for the parking at the Summit Complex.

Among the summit complex attractions are a tourist shop, cafeteria, visitors' centre, a play area for young children a licensed hotel, cable car terminal and funicular railway/tram terminal.

On the northernmost point of the Orme there is the decommissioned Llandudno lighthouse which has been converted to a small bed & breakfast guest house with accommodation for eight guests. Nearby, on the Marine Drive, is the old established "Rest and be thankful" café with a large car park. I think that name is really well thought of, I surely rest and be thankful after climbing this mountain.


Liss said...

It looks like you are having a nice time on your holiday. I love staying with hospitable people. Your friends seem very warm and friendly people.

Happy New Year to you all

Stardust said...

I've always longed to travel places like this, with a wide spread of open and a feeling so free... Ahhh... but I think it's good enough if I catch something at your blog. =)

The cafe's name is well thought of, I agree. =)

J.H said...

hi liss,
Yeah, good friend are hard to come by :-) Need to treasure them while we can!

hi stardust,
One day my day you will :-)
Haha... so you like the name of the cafe as well.