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Walk the Wales Coast Path North Wales – Colwyn Bay to Llandudno West

By Dave Roberts   

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Walk the Wales Coast Path North Wales – Colwyn Bay to Llandudno West

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Route Summary:

The Wales Coast Path finally gets some views as the trail between Colwyn Bay and Llandudno climbs over Little and Great Orme.

Start and Finish: Colwyn Bay to Llandudno West

Distance: 16.9 km

Ascent: 469 m

Time: 5 hours with sightseeing

Timings are approximate and depend on the individual. Calculate the time using Naismith’s Rule and factor in your own pace.


Absolutely plenty along the route as it walks along a promenade for most of the duration. Even the section around the Orme has a cafe!

Public Transport:

Railway stations at both end and plenty of buses though you may need to walk into Llandudno from West Shore to find the best service.

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Remember that we cannot outline every single hazard on a walk – it’s up to you to be safe and competent. Read up on Keeping Safe on the Wales Coast Path,  Navigation and the Gear and Equipment you’ll need.

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Walk the Wales Coast Path North Wales – Colwyn Bay to Llandudno West Ordnance Survey Map and GPX File Download

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Walk the Wales Coast Path North Wales – Colwyn Bay to Llandudno West

From Colwyn Bay, the Wales Coast Path takes the promenade to Llandudno before heading around the headland of the Great Orme / Pen-y-Gogarth and back to Llandudno West.

Starting at Colwyn Bay promenade, the day’s objective of the Great Orme is clearly visible. Before then, the route takes us on easy urban walking through two more seaside resorts – Llandrillo-yn-rhos (Rhos on Sea) and Penrhyn Bay. This is all road or pavement walking, pleasant enough if you can manage to do it out of season as it can be rather busy in the peak season.

Beyond Penrhyn Bay you come to the very first proper climb on the Wales Coast Path as it takes to Creigiau Rhiwledyn or Little Orme in English, a taster of things to come. It also provides you with a viewpoint to look back on the North Wales Coast and register the progress made so far (if only from Colwyn Bay, for those walking it in bite-sized chunks!) On the climb up, you’ll also pass the first cove on the path – Porth Dyniewaid near the headlands of Trwyn y Fuwch.

The final section follows the wide promenade at Llandudno before heading around the Great Orme on a minor road. It may be road walking, but it’s still pleasant enough walk considering the views as you ascend to around 150m. The entire eastern coast of Anglesey is clearly visible, a good two day’s walking away. You can stop off at the Rest and Be Thankful cafe at the half way spot to take the view in. A diversion to the summit of the Orme from here is possible and worth doing if time permits. Finally, the Wales Coast Path descends to Llandudno West Shore with it’s sandy beach and views across to Snowdonia.


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Dave Roberts

Dave Roberts founded Walk Eryri in 2004, with the aim of providing routes that are off the beaten track. Walk Eryri is now part of Mud and Routes which continues to provide more off beat routes and walks in Snowdonia and beyond. Dave has been exploring the hills of Eryri for over thirty years, and is a qualified Mountain Leader. Dave also established Walk up Snowdon, Walk up Scafell Pike and Walk up Ben Nevis just to mention a few.

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