Ride 4 - Pedal to Pen – A Victorian Town
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.