The clang of quarry men at work, as the Welsh coastline is cut from the innards of the earth, meets the gentle lapping of the Irish Sea as you walk the North Wales section of the Wales Coastal Path. Steeped in history and hosting a myriad of human life and experience, the path offers walkers the opportunity to connect with the landscape and its history.
Walking along the path and through communities built on the Welsh slate industry, it is almost inevitable that your mind will drift up to the hills above and the metal relics of a by-gone era will become animated by the lives that surrounded them and gave this part of the Coast Path its charm and character.
In the Victorian seaside town of Llandudno, the past meets the present as the sweeping Victorian promenade and pier lie below the artificial ski slope and cable cars. Dominating the seaside town is the Great Orme, offering spectacular views over the ocean at ground level and the awe-inspiring tunnels of copper mines below its surface. From the top of the Great Orme, the North Wales coast stretches into the distance, the Isle of Anglesey poking through the sea mist and giving way to the expanse of water in front of it.
The town of Conwy offers the opportunity to immerse yourself in the history of this part of Wales. With the castle dominating the town’s sky line and the castle’s walls running around its perimeter, you are instantly transported back to a time of strong community, local events and tradition.
The North Wales coast really brings the country and its deep and engaging history to life before your eyes. Take a look at our walking holidays in this area and allow yourself to take in this unique and mesmerising part of the country.