The Irish Sea Cycle Route Blog Archive

Reflections of riding the Irish Sea Cycle Route.

Wales - Caernarfon to Connahs Quay

Leaving Caernarfon I pick up the cycleway around the shore then almost all the way to Felinhi and its charming little dock, the final approach being on the old road, now a quiet lane and cycleway.



On reaching Bangor, I have glimpses of Britannia Bridge spanning the Menai Straits, good cycleways pass Bangor Pier, the route is essentially the NCN5.

Bangor Pier

Bangor Pier

The North Wales Expressway dominates the north coast of Wales whilst the ISCR negotiates back lanes and cycleways to Llanfairfechan then Penmaenmawr. It’s here where we take to the air! As the expressway blasts its way through rocky tunnels, the cycleway leaves terra firma, it is suspended high above the carriageway, almost an aerial cycleway - all very interesting and a novel solution.

More traffic-free cycling takes a course almost along the beach skirting Conwy Bay. After the Marina, I pass under an archway into Conwy, a lovely town with castles and suspension bridges from yesteryear and up-to-date views of the Great Orme.

Conwy Castle

Conwy Castle

A sand-covered cycleway amongst the dunes needs care before I reach Llandudno and its promenade overlooking Llandudno Bay.

Llandudno Promenade

promenade at Llandudno

Apart from a small detour to avoid the cliffs at Little Orme, the route is very much intimate with the coast along the sea wall in places, sometimes straight through the holiday villages.

Sea Wall near Prestatyn

cycleway on sea wall near Prestatyn

After the North Wales holiday towns of Colwyn Bay, Rhyll and Prestatyn I reach the most northerly point in Wales, the Point of Ayr, its lighthouse just visible above the dunes.

Point of Ayr

Point of Ayr, most northerly point in Wales

After the Point of Ayr, the final leg of my Irish Sea Cycle Route through Wales takes me through a changing landscape. I am entering an urban belt of post-industrial Britain that stretches north through Liverpool to Preston and east through Manchester Leeds, Sheffield and Hull and all surrounding towns and cities. But first, I pass through Flint and Connahs Quay then across the River Dee to the Wales-England border.

Bridge over River Dee

Point of Ayr, most northerly point in Wales
Places of Interest along the way
Caernarfon Caernarfon Castle Snowdonia National Park Menai Straits Bangor Pier Bangor University town Conwy Conwy Castle Llandudno Great Orme, Country Park, Mine, Tramway Talacre and Point of Ayr