As one approaches by road from the
Drive and Saint Tudno's Church, one
sees the long low range of buildings that makes up the halfway station
on the famous Great
Orme Tramway, which is quite the easiest
way to climb the Great Orme. The half way station is just a short
walk from the famouse Bronze Age Copper Mine and tramway passengers can
their journey to visit the mine.
Above is the entrance to the world famous
heritage site, the Great Orme Bronze Age Copper Mine.
Pyllau Farm seen in the distance have recommended tea-gardens.
The road from Saint Tudno's
the tramway just as it starts to
climb the one in ten upper section.
Approaching the summit and looking back at the superb views of
Llandudno town and bay and beyond.
Car number 7 leaving the summit. The ice cream kiosk is very busy
Car number 7 departing the summit and passing the children's
If you came via the marine drive
your toll includes free parking at the
summit - otherwise a parking fee of £2 is payable by pay and
display. The Summit Complex building was originally 'The Telegraph Inn'
from where messages were relayed between Holyhead and Liverpool
advising of the imminent arrival of sailing ships laden with valuable
Later, much re-built as 'The Summit Hotel', it served as the 19th hole
for the Great Orme Golf Club that closed
in 1939. The site of the golf course is now a sheep farm. During the
second world war it reverted to a signalling
purpose and became the RAF Great Orme Radar Station. Attempts to
revive the Golf Club after the war failed and the restored Hotel was
purchased by the middle-weight boxer, Randolph Turpin. Since
Turpin's bankruptcy and suicide, the hotel has continued to be
associated in various ways with his name (e.g. Randy's Bar) and there
is considerable cult publicity. But it is now also called 'The Summit
hidden behind the Summit Complex is the upper terminus of the Great
Orme Aerial Cable Car, which (at more than a mile from its Happy
Valley base station) is the
longest aerial cabin line in the British Isles.
Just below the summit is the
semicircular face of The Bishop's Quarry
(on land given to the Bishop of Bangor by King Edward I in 1284 - the
sold the land in 1891) and in which many ancient fossils
have been found. People are forbidden to climb and the removal of
fossils is naturally also forbidden, however, many traces of fossils
visible and, with all that quarry debris lying around, this is the
perfect adventure playground. Yet, when I visited in late April there
was not a scrap of litter. There are several excellent well marked
routes and descriptive leaflets and maps are available from the Summit
Visitor Centre. Click this link for more information on the Great Orme
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which together with the many outdoor facilities make the summit a great
The Great Orme Summit is in good order and ready to receive visitors.