Rock rose and wild thyme at Rhiwledyn Rob Booth

Rock rose and wild thyme at Rhiwledyn

A spectacular section of the Little Orme dominated by limestone grassland and scrub, which overlooks Llandudno and Penrhyn Bay. Wildflowers abound in spring and summer, whilst birds such as chough and kestrel make a visit worthwhile at any time of year.


2 miles east of Llandudno. Adjacent to the B5115 Colwyn Bay Road and across the road from the Craigside Inn.
LL30 3AY

OS Map Reference

A static map of Rhiwledyn

Know before you go

5 hectares

Entry fee


Parking information

Park on the promenade and walk up to the public footpath entrance.

Grazing animals

Sheep - autumn / winter

Walking trails

Uneven paths, steep in places. Part of North Wales Coastal path.


Very steep and uneven terrain, path can become slippery when wet.


On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

Late Spring and Summer

About the reserve

Part of the Little Orme SSSI, the eastern part of the reserve is dominated by limestone grassland with some exposed limestone cliffs. The western part of the reserve mainly contains blackthorn scrub and unimproved grassland. The Little Orme forms part of a limestone outcrop that extends from Anglesey along the North Wales coast and south to Llangollen. The limestone was formed over 320 million years ago in a shallow tropical sea and contains the fossilised remains of corals and other sea animals. Look out for breeding fulmar on the cliffs, and colourful rock-rose and orchids in late spring.

Contact us

North Wales Wildlife Trust - Rob Booth
Contact number: 01248 351541

Environmental designation

Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)