Climbs 82
Rocktype Limestone
Altitude 21m a.s.l
Faces NW

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Manchester Dogs 8A, Angel Bay, Llandudno © John Cooke

Crag features

This celestial pebbly inlet, with associated rockfaces and huge boulders, floats in esoteric isolation upon the east side of the Little Orme - a quiet spot with excellent bouldering and good swimming. Fans of extreme maritime spelunking will have a blast: just don't go alone and take sensible precautions.

The Bay faces due north but the climbs on the right flank (looking out) get plenty of afternoon sun in summer; another plus is shelter from the prevailing winds. Proximity to the sea provides the usual issues; when free of grease the rock quality is excellent.

Approach notes

From the roundabout at the base of the Penrhyn Hill dual carriageway on the B5115, exit towards Rhos-on-Sea then turn left onto a residential area (Penrhyn Beach Road) just beyond a small service station. Turn left onto Penrhyn Beach West, follow it for 0.4 miles to a T-junction and park sympathetically in a cul-de-sac on the left. Steps lead up to a disused quarry track; follow this towards the headland, then take a path leftwards down the grassy slope into Angel Bay.

Access Advice

Seals frequently haul out onto the beach at all time of the year. If seals are present give them a wide berth and plenty of space (ideally at least 100m).  Please do not bring dogs to this venue. Seals normally produce pups from late August onwards (usually until late October but can be later)  and when pups are present its best to avoid the area. Do not get between the mother seal and its pups as this can lead the pup to be abandoned or to try to swim before its grown enough.

Seals also haul out to moult in early spring and climbers are asked to avoid the area during this time - this will be indicated by on-site signs. 

Seasonal Restrictions

Dates: 31 August to 30 November

Reason: Other Conservation

The whole beach is now a very important seal breeding site with over 114 (!!) breeding seals and pups counted on the beach in 2016.  Due to the small scale of the beach and the high likelyhood of distrubance (breeding seals are protected by law), the local council and wildlife trust are now enforcing a total ban on all public access (including bouldering) during this time. Please observe the on site signs which will indicate if seals are present. 

Guys when I go into Tom Smiths Stone Top, it comes up with this I have it down as near Grey Nag, its a a 2000 summit at 637 in the Nuttalls ?
Andy Merrick - 17/May/11
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