Altitude 77m a.s.l
Si W on Bodysnatchers © Dave Bond
Two quarried walls overlooking Llandudno. The Upper Empire is the large and impressive-looking floodlit crag which appears in many a Llandudno town publicity brochure. Rock quality is 'good enough' on the five left-hand routes and the lines are exciting, worthwhile and unlikely (and the floodlit night climbing is atmospheric!). The wall gets sun from mid-morning until about 5pm.
The Lower Empire is a short, very steep, well-sheltered sun-trap, providing year-round entertainment for jug thugs.
Head through Llandudno towards the pier and Marine Drive: turn left into Church Walks road at small roundabout 100m before the Grand Hotel and the pier (where you'd turn right for Marine Drive), then take the first right up the narrow Ty-Gwyn Road (to the Orme summit) just before the Empire Hotel. Follow Ty-Gwyn Road uphill around a left-hand hairpin; after a further 200m limited roadside parking is reached opposite a small fenced-off area through the trees.
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