Llandudno - Great Orme Marine Drive

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Llandudno - Great Orme Marine Drive

Postby nickcuk » Tue Aug 28, 2007 21:52 pm

Can anybody say if the Marine Drive around the Great Orme is a full family ride or does it get a bit steep ? None of the maps or other sources of info give a total climb figure for the 4 miles - they just say that it's a nice drive, walk or cycle but with 2 early teens and 15 gears each, just wondering if they'll curse me forever

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A link

Postby Cunobelin » Tue Sep 04, 2007 21:24 pm

I have been researching this part of Wales for next year, this may be of help.....

Llandudno is a traditional seaside town, with its wide open promenade, long pier, varied attractions and fine beaches. It also makes a fine centre for a cycling holiday. I have been visiting Llandudno for many years and the yellow slide on the west shore was my daughter's favourite place when she was growing up. Life does not seem rushed in the town and there is always something to see or do. There is a varied range of shops, and it is easy to get to other destinations via road or rail. It's ideal if other members of the family wish to relax whilst others explore the area by bike.

The town is squeezed in between the west shore, north shore, Great Orme and Little Orme and all of these features, in their own way add character to the place. The Great Orme has a lot to offer with the mines, wildlife, walks, ski lift and trams. It's hard to cycle up to the top and I admit to pushing my little Brompton most of the way up one day when I was photographing the trams. Once on the top it's great and the ride around Marine drive was well worth the effort with the magnificent sea views. The long freewheel down to the west shore will long be a treasured memory. Using the Brompton gives you the flexibility to get around town and visit some of the other attractions without using the car. A short ride away is Deganwy with its developing riverside marina, soon to be linked to Llandudno via a cycleway. A little further on is the historic town of Conwy with it fine castle and famous bridges. The open riverside marshland is home to an RSPB nature reserve. Llandudno Junction is a busy little place but is the main railway station in the local area and allows easy access to the coastline. Further inland you have the Snowdonia National Park and numerous mountain bike trails to explore.

http://www.cyclingnorthwales.co.uk/pages/n_wles_co.htm with my emphasis

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