Little Orme Walk

The Little Orme is some three miles from the Bryn Holcombe Hotel and visitors may choose to walk a section of the All Wales Coastal Path to get there, or to take the car and park in Penrhyn Bay.

I would recommend the first option as it is a nice walk in itself to follow the coastline through Rhos-on-Sea and round Rhos Point to Penrhyn Bay.

After leaving Bryn Holcombe it is just a short walk to the seafront at the Cayley Embankment, where there are fine views of the Bay of Colwyn. Drop down to the promenade, which is also the route of the All Wales Coastal Path. Continue in a westerly direction passing by the centre of the village of Rhos-on-Sea and Rhos Harbour.

The headland at Rhos-on-Sea is known as Rhos Point and it is a popular spot for birdwatching, where oyster-catchers, dunlins, plovers, cormorants, red shanks and sandpipers can be seen feeding off the mussel beds.

On rounding Rhos Point keep your eyes open for St Trillo’s Chapel on the seafront, one of the country’s smallest chapels, with seating for 6 worshippers. Christians have visited the Holy Well within the church since the 6th Century.

On leaving the chapel it is just a short walk to Penrhyn Bay beach with the Little Orme as an impressive backdrop.

Depending on the state of the tide you have the option to walk along the sands or cut through the housing estate to reach the entrance to the Rhiwledyn (Little Orme) Nature Reserve. Nature lovers will appreciate the Rhiwledyn Nature Reserve and the hidden gem of Angel Bay. Angel Bay has an abundance of seabirds and is often visited by wildlife, with seals, porpoises and dolphins often being sited.

There are several trails over the top of the Little Orme but be aware that some of them can be dangerous and it is best to stick to the official North Wales Coastal Path.