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Local Bike Rides

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We have mapped some local rides that keep you within the Llandudno area or out along the North Wales coastline. The time to complete the shortest ride is about 2hrs and the longest are day rides, some may be done on a half day hire others will require a full day hire period.

We have maps for all our rides, simple laminated maps that give you a good indication of the route to take. For those folks who aren't good with maps or just cannot be bothered with them we have an alternative, SatNav. For £5 you can hire one of our Garmin SatNavs with the route programmed in, just follow the on-screen mapping and direction indications just as you would on your car SatNav. We will also give out laminated maps as well just in case the technology fails

These are our mapped out rides.

Approximate Length – in kilometers and miles (1.62km to 1 mile)

Ride 1 – Rest and be Thankful – Circumnavigation of the Great Ormes Headeye

Ride 2 – Shore 2B Shore _ North Shore Llandudno to West Shore Llandudnoeye

Ride 3 – Conwy Castle and Deganwy View – Along the estuary to Conwyeye

Ride 4 – Pedal to Pen – A Victorian town – A coastal ride on Sustran’s route 5 to Penmaenmawreye

Ride 5 – Quarryman’s Coastal Ride  - A longer coastal ride on Sustran’s route 5 to Llanfairfechaneye

Ride 6 – Ice Cream at Rhos on Sea- A coastal ride on Sustran’s route 5 to Rhos on Seaeye

Ride 7 – Pier to Pier – A coastal ride from Llandudno Pier to the new Pier in Colwyn Bayeye

Ride 8- A Local Tour – A circular ride exploring the  Llandudno Peninsular and returning via the RSPB Bird Reserveeye

 


Ride 1 – Rest and be Thankful – Circumnavigation of the Great Ormes Head

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Distance – 10km or 6.25 miles (plus optional summit extension of 4.8km or 3 miles/184 m of ascent) 

Gradient Description – Hilly

Difficulty Level  - Moderate (without extension) Difficult (with extension) 

Description of Ride – This ride starts on North Shore near the Pier and follows Marine Drive around the base of the Great Orme. There is a gentle climb all the way to the Rest and be Thankful café at the far end from where the road descends back to West Shore. This ride must be done in an anti clockwise direction as the first section has one way traffic.

The views of sea cliffs and coastal scenery are spectacular. Along the way you may see cars, motor bikes walkers, runners, other cyclists, sea birds, limestone cliffs, climbers, boats, mountains, wild flowers, butterflies, sheep, rabbits and goats   . If you are lucky and know where to look you may see seals and dolphins.  Watch out for falling rocks and stones on the road. 

The ride takes you along West shore to West Shore café and returns along Gloddaeth Avenue, a wide but busy main road 

An optional extension leads from Marine Drive up the ‘zigzags’, past the church and cemetery and to the summit (return by the same route)  This is very steep and is only recommended for experienced  cyclists or E bikes.

Points Of Interest -  North and West shore toll houses, Pen Trwyn climbing cliffs, Seabirds nesting sights, Pigeons Cove (home to Seals) , Great Orme Lighthouse (now a guest house) Rest and be Thankful Café, Picnic area, Gun sites (war relics) Millionaires row, West Shore boating pool and playground, West Shore café , miniature railway, Alice in Wonderland statute


Ride 2 – Shore 2 B Shore  – A short tour of Llandudno from West Shore to North Shore

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Distance – 7km or 4.28 miles

Gradient Description – Flat

Difficulty Level  - Easy ( but with some short main road sections ) 

Description of Ride – This ride starts from the rear of the shop and proceeds along a quieter road to West Shore Promenade with sandy beach, mountain and sea views, children’s playground and cafe. Cycling on the West Shore promenade is not strictly permitted but the adjacent road is wide and not busy. The route follows a designated signposted cycle route on shared use pavements next to busy roads with some areas where it is advised to dismount and walk.

Travelling across the town the route takes quieter roads through residential areas of housing and parks in the area of Craig y Don. Again the route is signposted onto the promenade on North Shore near the paddling pool and café.  This open, wide Promenade is shared use with pedestrians, dogs, sailing boats, wheel chair users, and other cyclists and care is needed to negotiate your way safely . You will be rewarded by wonderful views of the Great Ormes Head,   sea cliffs, the Pier, the beach, boats and the wonderful hotel façade.  Return to the shop from near the entrance to the Pier.

Points Of Interest -  West Shore beach, evening sunsets, Conwy and Carneddau mountain range views,  West shore playgrounds and boating pool, West Shore café, Alice in Wonderland statute Great Orme’s head, North Shore Bay, RNLI Lifeboat station,  paddling pool,  playground and café. Pier head and amusements, punch and judy shows,   beach donkey rides (weather and tide permitting) remembrance memorial .


Ride 3 Conwy Castle and Deganwy View – Along the estuary to Conwy

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Distance – 10.6km or 6.50 miles  

Gradient Description – Hilly

Difficulty Level  - Easy (some short road sections)  

Description of Ride –

This ride starts at the shop and proceeds along the busy but wide Gloddeath Avenue towards West Shore. From here to route picks up Sustrans route 5  alongside the beach and then on a dual use pavement along the A 546.  From Deganwy village ride across the railway crossing and pick up the cycle track which hugs the estuary coastline with wonderful views of the estuary and hills beyond. 

Cycling into Conwy across the old suspension bridge and through the walled town. Here you can follow the quayside on the cycle/walkway towards the Marina or take the new cycle track through Bodlondeb woods to the Marina and boat launch/car park  area where you have a wonderful view back toward Deganwy and the old Deganwy Castle. Return the same way or use the alternative route through Conwy.

Points of Interest - 

West Shore coastline and Views of the Great Orme, children’s playground and boating lake. Deganwy and Conwy Marinas. The original suspension bridge across the Estuary,  Conwy Castle and walled town. The Merchants House in Conwy is well worth a visit.  Cafe’s pubs and restaurants in Conwy and the Marina. From the view point near Conwy Marina you look across to the medieval Deganwy Castle which is now just rock and stone.


Ride 4 -   Pedal to Pen – A Victorian Town

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Distance – 15.8 km or 10 miles approx

Gradient Description – Some gentle hills  275 metres of ascent

Difficulty Level  - Moderate (some short road sections) . Hard (with Sychnant pass diversion

Description of Ride –

Llandudno to Penmaenmawr and return (with E bike optional diversion)  

This ride starts at the shop and proceeds along the busy but wide Gloddeath Avenue towards West Shore. From here to route picks up Sustrans route 5 alongside the beach and then on a dual use pavement along the A 546.  From Deganwy village,  ride across the railway crossing and pick up the cycle track which hugs the estuary coastline with wonderful views of the estuary and hills beyond. 

Cycling into Conwy across the old suspension bridge and through the walled town. Here you can follow the quayside on the cycle/walkway towards the Marina and Morfe beach or take the new cycle track through Bodlondeb woods and pick up the Sustran’s route at Morfe Beach. From there the cycle track follows the beach and A55 to Penmaenmawr. Penmaenmawr is a Victorian quarry and seaside town. There is a sandy beach here with shops and cafes.  

Return the same way

NB For those on an E bike or wanting to test their fitness there is an alternative outward route along the Synchnant pass. Proceed from Conwy turn left by the Albion Pub , through the castle walls arch and turn right. This road climbs steadily past the Youth Hostel over a cattle grid and drops down dramatically into Dwygyfylchi and then onto Penmaenmawr. Return along the coastal track.  Fantactis views of Conwy mountain and the sea from this route but it is hilly. 

Points of Interest - 

West Shore coastline and Views of the Great Orme, children’s playground and boating lake. Deganwy and Conwy Marinas. The original suspension bridge across the Estuary,  Conwy Castle and walled town. The Merchants House in Conwy is well worth a visit.  Cafe’s pubs and restaurants in Conwy and the Marina.  The Victorian architecture of Penmaenmawr and views of the quarries and Carneddau hills beyond. Beautiful sandy beach and views of Puffin isle and Anglesey. 

 


Ride 5 -   Quarryman’s Coastal Ride

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Distance – 20.8km 0r 12.92 miles   

Gradient Description – Mainly flat

Difficulty Level  - Easy (some short road sections)  

Description of Ride –

This ride starts at the shop and proceeds along the busy but wide Gloddeath Avenue towards West Shore. From here to route picks up Sustrans route 5 alongside the beach and then on a dual use pavement along the A 546.  From Deganwy village,  ride across the railway crossing and pick up the cycle track which hugs the estuary coastline with wonderful views of the estuary and hills beyond. 

Cycling into Conwy across the old suspension bridge and through the walled town. Here you can follow the quayside on the cycle/walkway towards the Marina and Morfe beach or take the new cycle track through Bodlondeb woods and pick up the Sustran’s route at Morfe Beach. From there the cycle track follows the beach and A55 to Penmaenmawr. Penmaenmawr is a Victorian quarry and seaside town. There is a sandy beach here with shops and cafes.  

Return the same way

Points of Interest - 

West Shore coastline and Views of the Great Orme, children’s playground and boating lake. Deganwy and Conwy Marinas. The original suspension bridge across the Estuary,  Conwy Castle and walled town. The Merchants House in Conwy is well worth a visit.  Cafe’s pubs and restaurants in Conwy and the Marina.  The Victorian architecture of Penmaemawr and views of the quarry and Carneddau hills beyond.


Ride 6 -  Ice Cream in Rhos

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Distance – 7.5 km or 5 miles    

Gradient Description – Mainly flat with one significant hill

Difficulty Level  - Moderate  

Description of Ride –

Llandudno to Rhos on Sea and return

This ride starts at the shop and proceeds along the multi user Promenade . This is a wide open flat area but is used by lots of people for walking, riding, dog walking and playing so please take care, ride slow  and give other a wide berth.

After the paddling pool the signposted Sustran’s 5 route crosses the road and uses the dual use pavement towards the Little Orme. At the first junction turn right and ride in front of the houses to the little rough track which climbs up to join another road. Turn right along the road and climb again to where you meet the turning to Penrhynside and the cycle track. Down the cycle track to the roundabout always following the bike trail signposts across the various crossings and past the petrol station.

From here the track follows the pavement along the coast to Rhos on Sea where there is a beach, ice cream shops and cafes.

Return the same way

Points of Interest - 

Victorian promenade and views of the Pier. Children paddling pool and play area. Views of the sea, cliffs and the Little Orme. The little sea front church of St Trillo’s in Rhos on Sea.  Various ice cream shops and cafes on route and in Rhos on Sea.


Ride 7 -  Pier to Pier

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Distance – 9.9 km or 6 miles     

Gradient Description – Mainly flat with one significant hill

Difficulty Level  - Moderate  

Description of Ride –

Llandudno Pier to Colwyn Bay Pier

This ride starts at the shop and proceeds along the multi user Promenade in Llandudno . This is a wide open flat area but is used by lots of people for walking, riding, dog walking and playing so please take care, ride slowly and give others a wide berth.

After the paddling pool the signposted Sustran’s 5 route crosses the road and uses the dual use pavement towards the Little Orme. At the first junction turn right and ride of the houses to the little rough track which climbs up to join another road. Turn right and cycle along the road climbing  again to where you meet the turning to Penrhynside and the cycle track. Down the cycle track to the roundabout always following the bike trail signposts across the various crossings and past the petrol station.

From here the track follows the pavement along the coast to Rhos on Sea where there is a beach, ice cream shops and cafes. Continue along the designated cycle track to the newly constructed pier and Porth Erias where you can find a café, restaurant and another bike shop. 

Return the same way taking equal care on the dual use cycle ways which can be busy.

Points of Interest - 

Victorian promenade and views of the Pier. Children paddling pool and play area. Views of the sea, cliffs and the Little Orme. The little sea front church of St Trillo’s in Rhos on Sea. Various ice cream shops and cafes on route and in Rhos on Sea. The newly renovated promenade at Colwyn Bay with sandy beach, interesting statues and benches. 


Ride 8 -  The local tour

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Distance – 21.5km km or 14 miles 200 metres of ascent    

Gradient Description – The longest of our short rides with some hills and road sections (this ride crosses a very busy roundabout with no zebra crossing) . A great way to explore the Creuddyn Peninsular

Difficulty Level  - Moderate to hard

Description of Ride –

Llandudno Shop to LLandudno shop (circular route)

This ride starts at the shop and proceeds along the multi user Promenade in Llandudno . This is a wide open flat area but is used by lots of people for walking, riding, dog walking and playing so please take care, ride slowly and give others a wide berth.

After the paddling pool the signposted Sustran’s 5 route crosses the road and uses the dual use pavement towards the Little Orme. At the first junction turn right and ride past  houses to the little rough cycle track which climbs up to join another road. Turn right and cycle along the road climbing again to where you meet the turning to Penrhynside and the cycle track. Down the cycle track to the little shops and cafe. Here turn right and cross the road and turn left into a little park area through the housing estate. Turn right onto the road (can be busy) past the school and turn first left towards a village called Glanwyddan. Past the Queens Head pub (nice coffee, beer and food).

Continue along this lane for 3 miles or so past the old church, vineyard and farms. Follow the lane until it eventually reaches the main road in Llandudno Junction, turn left and then first right in to the industrial estate past the BMW show room (you may wish to walk this section along the main road) . Continue through the industarial estate over the railway line past the council depot. Opposite the caravan park you will see a little track on the left. Take this track up the shallow steps to the busy round about. Dismount here and cross the round about slip roads twice (take great care here). Turn left down towards the RSPB Centre on the Estuary.

At the small car park turn left along the cycle track following the estuary , over the bridge crossing the railway line and under the subway (dismount signs here). Emerge onto the Conwy/Deganwy dual use cycle track. Follow this to Deganwy. Cross the level crossing in the village and follow the road towards to LLandudno (can be busy)  until it turns into a cycle track. Follow the cycle track signs onto West Shore , alongside the sea front then return along the wide but busy Gloddeath Avenue back to our hire shop.

Points of Interest - 

Victorian promenade and views of the Pier. Children paddling pool and play area. Views of the sea, cliffs and the Little Orme. Fields and lanes of Pabo Lane and beyond. Country church with commonwealth graveyard. Vineyard which may be open for visits and sampling. RSPB Bird reserve with café and shop. Wonderful Estuary views and Conwy Castle and suspension bridge. Between Conwy and Deganwy you will cycle over the top of the A55 road tunnel .  You will pass many pubs, cafes, toilets including McDonalds and Burger King! Detour to Deganwy Quay Hotel which has wonderful sea and mountain views. The West Shore beach café also has great sea views.