The Great Orme

The Great Orme is a limestone headland on the north coast of Wales, north-west of the town of Llandudno. The name is derived from the old Norse word for sea-serpent. A compact area for walking at just 2 miles long and a mile wide, the headland is often bathed in its own weather system and the geology, wildlife, archaeology and landscape is of such importance that much of the Orme has been designated an Area of Conservation, a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Heritage Coast. An especially scenic church, St. Tudno’s has been a site of Christian worship since the 6th century. Sermons can be open air during the summer, a tradition since 1857. Other services include Carols by Candlelight in December, and special celebrations on St. Tudno’s Day on 5 June. Far reaching and diverse views from the summit of the town and coastline, and the distant peaks of Snowdonia.