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Angel Bay

The Ormes

A mainly tidal venue with some good hard boulder problems - can be greasy in humid conditions. In recent years this beach has become regionally very important venue for breeding  seals with up to 100 seals hauling out on tthe beach. Do not climb here during the restricted seasons and also avoid going onto the beach when seals are present. 

Crag information
Climbing Area: Wales Rock Type: Limestone
Importance: Local CRoW Land: Yes
Ownership: Private No. of Routes: 30
Within National Park: No Year Developed: 1980
Grid Reference: SH81778270

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 abandonded or to try to swim before its grown enough.

Seasl 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. 

Restrictions apply from 31 August - 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. 

Parking and Approach

Area information

The Great Orme Due to the proximity of the public highway at Upper Pen Trwyn (Great Orme) and the breeding bird colonies, a number of special arrangements have been agreed between the BMC and the local authority to reduce the risk to the public and to conservation. The whole of the Orme is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and an European Special Area Of Conservation whcih mean that the natural features are legally protected. - Climbing above the Marine Drive (Upper Pen Trwyn, Great Orme) is only permitted after 6.00pm during all Bank Holiday weekends and school summer holidays (15 July to 8 Sept). - Green and red marker posts indicate the open and restricted areas. Also see the Onsight North Wales Limestone guidebook. - The bolt lower-offs at UPT were installed by the BMC so climbers do not need to exit over unstable cliff top. - The Marine Drive is a one-way road, do not drive back down the road towards the gate-house after climbing - this could jepordise access. There have been recent issues with cars blocking the Marine Drive near to Parisellas cave, and climbers are requested to be aware that large vehicles (inc. double decker buses!) do need to be able to get past. -some of the crags that lie below the Marine Drive are also subject to seasonal climbing restrictions due to nesting birds, refer to individual crag entries for more info. West Shore crags - including Craig Heulog. No climbing permitted at any of these crags (above or below the Marine Drive) due to very high conservation interest. The Little Orme The restrictions for public safety at the Great Orme (Upper Pen Trwyn) do not apply to the Little Orme. However, a number of the crags are restricted for nesting seabirds - see individual crag entries for more info.

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Went today 05/04/18 and were told that the seals should have left the beach by the end of April/early May so no climbing until then!