Llandudno Bay is bookended by two impressive limestone headlands. Great Orme, which sits on the west side of the bay presents an almost unbroken line of sheer cliffs dropping into the sea on all sides. On the east side of the bay is Little Orme – this is much smaller in scale but the cliffs, particularly the radically undercut Diamond, are even more awe inspiring. A paddle around the headlands and across the bay is quite a treat, with a marked contrast between the wild sea cliffs and the tourist honey pot of Llandudno. Pigeon Cave offers a good stopping point for a picnic; you might even see some climbers on the cliffs here, or farther round at Pen Trwyn. Sea life is abundant at both Ormes, expect to see seals and plenty of birds, such as guillemots, razorbills and puffins.
The lack of egress options does make this a relatively serious proposition; there are few escape options once committed to the trip around the Great Orme. Little Orme is similarly lacking in escape options; however the distance involved here is significantly less. Having highlighted the committing nature of the trip it should be pointed out that, egress options aside, and in the right conditions, this is a relatively straightforward challenge. The tidal planning is not complicated and the tidal streams are fairly weak.
West Shore beach is the normal starting point. Egress can be made anywhere along the North Shore beach in Llandudno Bay.