We were lucky enough to spend a week in Llandudno a couple of weeks ago and I can honestly say we had a great time exploring some of the area .
We rented an appartment in the Church Walks area of Llandudno and had glorious views on to the Great Orme and across to both the North and West bays never mind the town centre skyline depending upon which window you looked out of .
We have holidayed before in North Wales but never stayed in Llandudno ,we had planned to visit various attractions some new and some we had been to before . One of the places we have previously visited is Bodnant Gardens which is tucked away just off the A470 that runs between Llandudno and Betws-Y-Coed. In places the little paths that run around the gardens are quite steep others are fairly flat but all are loose gravel paths rather than solid tarmac ones . There are some fascinating views both across the gardens and further a field . I found this old bench that just reminded me of a well used and abused Brooks b17 saddle for some strange reason .
Another place we found ever so interesting was the Great Orme and the tram journey up to the summit was not the rickety old event I had imagined , in fact it was a smooth peaceful journey that starts of with gradients as steep as 1 in 3 on the lower half whilst the second half is bit less steep at 1 in 8 . I was surprised to see quite a few cyclist up on the summit all were riding modern road bikes which at first surprised me as I did not expect many cyclist’s to have made the tortuous journey up those gradients. It was only later on that I realised there was a road that came up the less steep approach way from the toll road that runs around the Great Orme . Again the views from the summit of the Great Orme were fantastic no matter which way you looked , one way you could make out the Ilse Of Anglesey whilst other views included Conwy , Little Orme and beyond the town of Llandudno along the welsh coast towards Prestatyn and beyond . Whichever route those guys used to get up on to the summit I should hope they had suitable gearing to climb hills without getting off and walking .
A few hours were spent walking the streets of Llandudno finding the Alice in Wonderland figures that are spread around the town centre and outlying areas. The Mad Hatter is on the promenade , there are 2 Cheshire Cats one in Happy Valley whilst the other is near the west parade area, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum are quite happy standing in the Haulfre Gardens looking out across the town . All these statues are carved from wood and as you can see are on the large size . Whilst doing this walk I spotted the only bike I saw all week with a Reynolds sticker attached to it .
I never experienced cycling during the time we were there but it looked a great area for cycling as long as you like hills and coastal winds . There was a severe lack of retro bikes spotted as we made our way around the town and in fact this was the only Retro road bike we passed during our stay , I don’t think it moved all week .