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Coastal Cycle Path versus Wrecked Ship

The night of the 4th April 2012 was stormy. A ship collecting stone from the quarry at Llanddulas hit rocks on the North Wales coast. The crew of seven was rescued by a helicopter from nearby RAF Valley on Anglesey - click

Damage to the ship was such that it needed to be dismantled in situ and its cargo removed by road.

National Cycle Route 5 runs parallel with the shore line at this point. In order that the work could be carried out it was necessary for the path to be closed. At first it was estimated it would take ten weeks well into the summer season. As the path has become an important leisure and commuter route, a deputation was arranged to see if a way could be found for the path to remain open.

This was attended by CTC, Sustrans and other interested parties, including North Wales Police and Peter Cordwell, Managing Director, of the demolition company. Although it was not possible to accommodate cyclists, assurances were given that the work would be carried out as expeditiously as possible. In the event the task was completed by the 18th May 2012, well within the time frame. A simple ribbon-cutting ceremony was performed by Noreen Ayling. Only days before she had lost her husband and life-long tandem partner Roy after a comparatively short debilitating illness.

Inspection of the site confirmed there was no alternative but to close the path


Noreen leads the way to the re-opening


Former Welsh Minister for Sport, Alun Pugh, congratulates Peter Coldwell and his team on a job well done