The Great Orme

Great Orme, Llandudno

This is the Great Orme, taken from the West Shore Beach. It is a mile wide and stretches out 2 miles into the Irish Sea. Everywhere you go on this promontary is full of ancient history, legend and mystery. Beyond the other side and out of view lies the Victorian-built town of Llandudno. The first Vikings who laid eyes upon this great limestone headland rising out of the landscape named it Horma Heva, which is Norse for the ‘Great Serpent’.

The Great Orme, Llandudno, Wales. April 2017.



4 thoughts on “The Great Orme

  1. I’ve enjoyed this series of photos. The Great Orme III is a beautiful abstract, and the water color is gorgeous. But I like the serpentine feel of this one. It certainly makes sense of the name.

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    • Thank you, Linda 🙂 Today, people liken it to a giant slumbering crocodile, but I much prefer the serpent, which arks back to the Worm of old, the dragons in legend.


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