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Published: October 11th 2010
We were told that breakfast would be provided between 9 and 10 at weekends at Flockton Villa Hotel. The Flocken Villa stands on Goddaeth Street, a convenient location both for the town centre and coastline.
It was rather chilly, cloudy and windy in Llandudno on Sunday morning. We walked on the pier, and popped in several souvenir shops. The tidal waves were quite high and choppy around Llandudno.
While walking on the pier, we decided to go to Great Orme. The tram station was situated among the residential houses. I was interested in the signposts in Welsh and English, and asked Mark whether he can pronounce letters as well as English.
The tram arrived at the station on time. The cars appeared typically Victorian, and it matched with the buildings in Llandudno. After leaving the residential area, the tram was driving through the meadows with yellow flowers and relics of the former mining factories. We got off at Halfway station, and then transferred to the tram to Summit station. This system made it more interesting.
On arrival at the Summit station, we looked round the visitor centre. There were a number of
photos of wildflowers and animals, some of which are very rare. The descriptions on the panels included the history of mining industry around Great Orme. We also watched a DVD documentary compiling the nature, geology, and wildlife existing around Great Orme, and sending the message to the visitor not to take rare flowers out, and do take care of white goats, as well as preserving the area of Outstanding Beauty.
It was chilly and drizzling when we came out from the visitor centre. We had warm food at the cafe in the lunch time. After the lunch, we started following the trail from the Car Park. We walked along the stone wall, which was an enclosure for sheep. Like typical western part of Britain, we saw countless numbers of sheep, but not white goats which we were told were the emblem of the Great Orme on 20 April. The trail included some uphill and downhill. Mark detoured the course, and it led us to the western shore. There were a lot of attractive and beautiful houses with gardens, and some of them even possessed tennis courts and swimming pools. This gave me the impression that there are wealthy people
living there or using as their holiday cottage. After returning to the trail around the sheep's enclosure, we walked past the heathlands, relics of the former mining industry. It was interesting to see stones which were laid in a methodical manner, and we learnt that it was used for the deer to run. Finally, we climbed to the summit of Great Orme. It was quite cloudy, so we couldn't see the distance very well, but nice to see the outside of the enclosure where we had been walking.
We bought return tickets so we went back to the town by tram. The tram used to be running between Llanduduno and Colwyn Bay, and the car is displayed at Llandudno Museum. It was quite hilly between Llandudno town and Great Orme, so we thought it was right idea for us to have return tickets.
We learnt from the brouchure of Llandudno that there is a Tuesday Market on Station Road. We decided to visit the neighbouring seaside town on 22 April.
We got off at High Street, right in the town centre where the Tuesday Market was held. The size of the market wasn't very big.
Nevertheless, there was a wide range of commodity goods, DVDs, clothes, cooking items, and sweets sold at stalls in the market. We bought sweets at one of the stalls.
Afterwards, we decided to walk on the seafront. Sadly, the Pier was under construction. We walked westwards. It was a very lovely morning, the sun was shining and gentle wind, and very pleasant to walk. We reached the neighbouring coast town, Rhos-on-Sea. There were several boats floating on Rhos-on-Sea Islet, and it looked like a little fishing village. There were very interesting wooden sculptures displayed on the Combermere Gardens. They represent fishermen.
Next, we walked back to Colwyn Bay. We found several kiosks selling snacks, postcards, and souvenirs along the coastline. We had lunch in Colwyn Bay.
After the lunch, we decided to explore the Eirias Park. We approached from the coastline and walked past the brook. The sizeable park had some hills which we could overlook the sea. We sat down a bit at the Boating Lake in the centre of Eirias Park. We saw a beautiful and historical building with gardens and fountains, which is uses as civic offices in the park.
After exploring the park, we walked back to the town centre via Abergele Road. The Tuesday market was still on in the afternoon. We strolled around the town centre. We notes some Victorian style buildings like Llandudno.
We caught the bus back to Llandudno around 3pm.
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