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North Shore promenade, LLandudno

CTC, the UK's leading cycling charity, applauds Conwy County Council's decision to allow cycling on Llandudno's north shore promenade. But it has called upon the council to abandon its opposition to the inclusion of the promenade as part of National Cycle Route 5. Much of the coastline of Flintshire, Denbighshire, Conwy and Gwynedd is part of this vitally important cycle route.

The decision to exclude the promenade was taken following a recommendation by a Conwy Task and Finish group operating in camera. The reason for this inexplicable decision has never been explained. It lacks both transparency and public accountability.

CTC contends the entire Llandudno coastline, including the promenade and Great Orme headland, should be included in the national network, which comprises 13,000 miles of quiet lanes and off road cycleways. Each day a million cycling and walking journeys take place on the National Cycle Network, which passes within a mile of 57% of the country's population and is a source of much civic pride and satisfaction.

The Great Orme, Llandudno

CTC also sees an indisputable case for designating Gloddaeth Avenue as a cycle route, since it constitutes a direct link between Llandudno’s North and West Shores. CTC is aware that there are already in existence design plans to upgrade the provision for car parking along this highway, and at the same time incorporate a cycle path for young families and for others who have not yet gained the confidence to take their rightful place on the main carriageway.

Now that the opposition to cycling on the promenade has been abandoned, CTC believes the time is ripe for the council to delay no longer in moving towards an integrated cycle route system with the town centre at its hub. Llandudno should join cycling’s ‘premier league’ of the most favoured places in the UK to spend cycling holidays.

See our webpage http://www.cyclingnorthwales.co.uk/pages/rte_llandno.htm 

And for a handlebar view of Llandudno, see :- Ascent of the Great Orme (Part 1) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9pYmd1wIIU

 Ascent of the Great Orme (Part 2)


Western descent of the Great Orme


 Promenade and Gloddaeth



See what Sustrans has to say about the National Cycle Network http://www.sustrans.org.uk/ncn/map/information/national-cycle-network


And see what the National Trust says about cycling.



Llandudno is a magical place for all manner of activities- and not just cycling. (Mr Alexander’s Extravaganza Magic Show).


Roy Spilsbury, August 2013