Great Orme Gunnery School

by Brian Scott October. 25, 2020 345 views

One of the beauties of my move to Wales was the fact that I'd have to travel around this beautiful little country for work. Once I'd got used to the roads, (you can't get there from here) not in a straight line anyway.

Among all the other locations I got to visit, I fell in love with Llandudno.

" The picture-perfect Victorian seaside resort of Llandudno has remained virtually unchanged since its heyday. The sweeping bay of the North Shore is lined with pastel-coloured hotels and the unmistakable backdrop of The Great Orme’s limestone cliffs. It is this glorious holiday destination that has inspired and delighted visitors for centuries. " GoNorthWales

It is. or was, the perfect location for me. B&B & hotels galore, good choice of eating and drinking places and, surrounded by wonderful locations.

So, in April 2019 a weekend was booked and off we went, shopping, walking, exploring, I was only involved in a couple of those things ;) That said, I did discover a cracking 'bargain' pair of walking shoes, bought and worn immediately and off for an explore I went.

I'd heard tell of an abandoned artillery site along the Orme so had to find it, I do love abandoned buildings. Please excuse the mix of photographs here.

Going underground

Going underground

There are multiple emplacements scattered around the area, some simply brickwork.

Who was Angie?

Who was Angie?

Some of the structures are still in place and accessible, although I didn't venture into some of the dark holes in the ground.

The scramble up to the last structure, that i was willing to go to, is a little precarious but worth it.

There's a beautiful view across to Anglesey, weather permitting.

On a good day, this is a wonderful, peaceful place to just sit and watch the Gannets soaring by.

The only disturbance I had, was a couple of lads on dirt bikes. It was a beautiful day, mostly, ominous clouds blowing by and, remember those shoes I bought? Wow, did they work well? Just under five miles, in brand new walking sandals, no pains at all so, I went and got another pair the next day.

For those that enjoy a bit of abandonment, rust and decay, as well as great bird spotting opportunities, I highly recommend this walk.

That said .... did I mention the weather?



OK, so it poured just before I got back to the digs but, that aside, what a wonderful walk.

WWII Royal Artillery’s Coastal Gunnery School

Great Orme Gunnery School

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Jay Boggess 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Fascinating place! We have, still-remaining, WW2 artillery installation, which used to guard the Strait of Juan de Fuca, to ward off any enemy ships, coming in from the Pacific Ocean. Nice camera work! My ancestors are from
Wales. I'd love to go someday.....

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Brian Scott Replied to Jay Boggess 7 months, 2 weeks ago

I'm always drawn to abandoned places and there are plenty in Wales, I love it. I hope you get here one day, it's a beautiful little country

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Jay Boggess Replied to Brian Scott 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Me too!
A trip to the British Isles, especially Wales, is on my "bucket list"......
Thanks, Amigo!

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In Reach Of The Skies 7 months, 2 weeks ago

I went to Llandudno on a school Geography field trip when I was 17 (I remember sneaking a first pub visit without parents being around)  and we did some stuff on the Orme - measuring angles of slopes and other equally thrilling activities as I recall. Pity I didn't know of the gunnery school, could have made the experience rather more interesting. I'll have to bear this in mind for a trip back some time - thanks for the 'snaps', interesting.

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Brian Scott Replied to In Reach Of The Skies 7 months, 2 weeks ago

👍 an interesting and scenic walk, well worth it

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In Reach Of The Skies Replied to Brian Scott 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Reminds me of the installation at Loch Ewe
although sadly most of it is fenced off. On the plus side you can drive more or less to it. Maybe you've been.

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Brian Scott Replied to In Reach Of The Skies 7 months, 2 weeks ago


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Adrian Morris 7 months, 2 weeks ago

We know Llandudno well, but were not aware of the Gunnery School.

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Brian Scott Replied to Adrian Morris 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Me neither Adrian, I think someone in town told me and off I went. Not difficult to find but the road appears to be private and a dead end. Worth the wander on the right day 👌

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