Photo of the week – July week #3: Llandudno Peak

View northeast from the top of Llandudno Gorge.

View north from the top of Llandudno Gorge.

 

When viewed from above Table Mountain – a massif, or mountain mass consisting of several peaks – roughly resembles a molar tooth. The crown represents the famous tabletop summit, and the left root the 12 Apostles. At the tip of the root, or the southernmost tip of the 12 Apostles, a salient rocky knoll projects above the rounded skyline of Llandudno Corner. Called Llandudno Peak, it offers some of the best views on the entire Table Mountain massif. While many associate Table Mountain hiking with gaining the summit of the iconic ‘Table’, outlaying parts of the mountain offers rewarding hikes that compensate in other ways for not topping out on the ‘Table’, namely solitude and unique views. The views from that lowly part of Table Mountain are surprisingly spectacular, complemented by the pristine environment and absence of people. Table Mountain hiking routes that top out in the vicinity are Myburgh’s Waterfall Ravine, Llandudno Ravine, Hout Bay Corner and Llandudno Gorge. Nearby Judas Peak, the most southerly Apostle, also offers superb views in every direction.

If you’ve been to the tabletop summit with the cable car, or if you’re looking to do a second Table Mountain hike, incorporating Llandudno Peak into your route is a great idea. Table Mountain hikes lead up all sides of the mountain, offering unique views, topography, vegetation and moods. Llandudno Peak’s position on the south-western corner of the Table Mountain massif combined with being set away from the mountain endows it with unsurpassed views.

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