Home 

 Rides & Routes

News

Cycle Life

Gallery

1887 Sketchbook

New pages

CTC

Links

Site Map

Contact

National Cycle Route 5: Sensational new cycle path across Conwy Morfa

For many years the section of National Cycle Route 5 between Conwy marina and Penmaenbach headland was routed on the narrow footpath beside the A55 Expressway, which has heavy traffic on it travelling at motorway speed.

Despite its impressive scenery a lot of cyclists found this section of the NCR 5 intimidating and unpleasant. Many avoided using it, though the only alternative was a steep, diversionary ascent of Sychnant Pass.

This dangerous section was finally bypassed in 2012 by a new tarmac cycle path through Conwy Morfa sand dunes and by a cycle/foot bridge over the railway linking the new path with the existing route round Penmaenbach headland.

Public reception of this new route was little short of ecstatic and immediately led to a dramatic increase in cycle traffic along this beautiful section of the coast.

This project was partly funded by the Welsh Government and Conwy County but above all it was initiated by Sustrans using some of its Connect2 funds.

Here are photos of some of the first people to sample the route and of its official opening by the Welsh Minister for Transport, Carl Sargent, in September 2012.

 

Danny, James and Helen Blair of Rowen were really chuffed at being first on the scene as the barriers were removed from the rail bridge. Thanks are due to Doug Blair for the photo. He tells us a lady cyclist crossed the bridge at the same time en route home to Skelmesdale from Albania. News travels fast and far indeed!

 

Karen and Mike Thomas viewing and trying out the new cycle bridge over the main rail line. They had cycled to Penmaenmawr from their home at Llanddulas via Llandudno and the Great Orme. Like many they find the coastline in this area quite outstanding, with some of the finest views in the UK. Like us they find in inexplicable that tourism with a cycling component is being under promoted.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Even as Mike Priestley, Conwy cabinet member for Transport, makes one of the opening speeches, two Scottish cyclists on tour can be seen arriving in the background.

Photo courtesy of Peter Wood/Sustrans. More photos of the opening here.

 

Photo courtesy of Peter Wood/Sustrans. More photos of the opening here.

 

 

Some children from Ysgol Porth y Felin, Conwy, attended the opening.

Photo courtesy of Peter Wood/Sustrans. More photos of the opening here.

 

Your website manager, Maurice Clarke, with the Porth y Felin children on the superb new bridge.

Photo courtesy of Peter Wood/Sustrans. More photos of the opening here.

 

Top