Great Orme

Kashmir Goats, Great Orme

Date

20 November 2010
Location

Great Orme, Llandudno

SH 76747 83342; 53.33257°N, 3.85232°W

Further Information

The Kashmir goats that roam freely on the Great Orme are all descended from a pair that local landowner Major General Sir Savage Mostyn acquired from the Windsor Royal Herd around 1880.

The Great Orme cable cars run for over a mile from Happy Valley up to the summit, and the cars are carried by a single loop of cable. The aerial cabin lift was built in 1969 and is the longest in the UK.

A timber building was constructed on the site of the Summit Complex in 1800 for the Admiralty. This was taken over by the Liverpool and Holyhead Telegraph in 1827 and was rebuilt in 1841. Later rebuilt as the Summit Hotel, it was the clubhouse for the Great Orme Golf Club, which closed in 1939. During the Second World War, the hotel became the RAF Great Orme Radar Station. Between 1952 and 1961 boxer Randolph Turpin was the registered licensee of the hotel. Turpin had gained the world middleweight title in 1951 and when he signed for a rematch against Sugar Ray Robinson, whom he had defeated to gain the title, he chose to train in Gwrych Castle. With his career in decline, he was declared bankrupt and committed suicide in 1966. The Summit Complex now offers bar and restaurant facilites and has the Turpin-themed ‘Randy’s Bar’.

Contraceptive jabs cut goat herd on the Great Orme (BBC News);
Great Orme’s Head; Llandudno Pier;
Great Orme Summit Complex and Visitor Centre (greatorme.org.uk)

Great Orme Country Park


Llandudno Pier from the Great Orme


View westwards from the Great Orme


Cable car pylon, Great Orme


Summit Complex, Great Orme


Summit Complex, Great Orme


Summit Complex, Great Orme

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