It was decidedly nippy as we set out for our walk this morning. The thermometer had dipped to 2 degrees C over night and a light frost glinted on the car roof first thing - the chill has arrived unusually early it seems this year. Out and about, the signs of Autumn are showing everywhere. Leaves are turning to fiery reds and golds and fungi are popping up all over the place. We spotted these among the trees on Shipley Hill a few days ago.
Saturday, 15 September 2018
Much to Malcolm's chagrin, Autumn is well on its way. The Autumnal effects are beginning to be seen in the countryside. Around the lakes of Straw's Bridge, some of the trees are showing their true colours.
Monday, 10 September 2018
At the end of our walk around and over the Great Orme, we decided to take a look at the gardens of 'Happy Valley'.
Sunday, 9 September 2018
Having only completed half of the walk around Marine Drive on Tuesday, we decided to reverse our tracks and do the other half on Wednesday afternoon. We began by climbing up along the tram tracks, a task which had been much easier the day before when coming down!
Saturday, 8 September 2018
On Tuesday, we set out to walk round the Great Orme. Marine Drive is a wonderful walk and you get some fantastic views. Below us, at the start of the walk, some very prestigious, million-pound + homes make you very jealous.
Friday, 7 September 2018
Neither Malcolm nor myself had ever been round the Little Orme, at the other end of Llandudno bay from the Great Orme. So, we thought we'd put that right on Monday and ignoring the early dull weather and remnants of drizzle, we set out. It was quite a good walk even before we got there, but once away from the road and through the gate, we were soon climbing up through the scrub and catching glimpses of Llandudno through the trees.
There have been settlements on the Little Orme since Paleolithic times and traces of metalworking from the Iron age have been found too (though not by us). Much later, Catholics took to hiding themselves and their literature in the caves around here during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.
These days it's all a bit quieter!
Soon, we were looking over the other side of the Little Orme, down towards Penrhyn Bay and the North Wales Coast stretching off into the distance - still looking a bit dull here.
Whichever way we looked, there were good views...
And here and there, fragments of our recent past were visible. The area was occupied during the second world war, with gun emplacements used by the Royal Artillery gunnery school.
There are several coves around the Little Orme and Grey Seals can be seen either basking on the beach, or bobbing about in the sea. Malcolm managed to 'snap' me as I was looking for the elusive little blighters!
Enough of that, time to start heading back. Not a bad start to the holiday and a good eight mile walk to kick things off. More to come.