Starting in the old port town of Holyhead on Holy Island, Anglesey, the route then heads east onto the main island, and joins some truly picturesque country lanes with the dramatic mountains of Snowdonia as a backdrop before entering the mainland via the magnificent Menai Bridge.
Bangor makes a handy refreshment stop before continuing east. A short section up the scenic Lôn Las Ogwen railway path is followed by some quiet lanes to Llanfairfechan, over Pen y Clip headland, with its stunning views across the sea, and on to Conwy - the walled town dominated by its mighty castle.
The route continues onto Penrhyn Bay where you pick up almost 20 miles of flat, traffic-free path as it curves round the bay to Prestatyn. At Rhyl you can detour inland along the River Clwyd, past Rhuddlan Castle to the new city of St.Asaph, where you can discover Britain’s smallest cathedral, or cut up to Dyserth and return to the coast on the Prestatyn to Dyserth Way Railway Path.
Heading east from Prestatyn the route climbs up for a mile or so as you ride inland – rewarding you fantastic views of the Dee Estuary, the Wirral and Liverpool – before descending back towards the coast and onto Flint and Connah’s Quay. The Millennium Greenway leads you across the border to England and finally into the walled city of Chester.
Experience the North Wales Coastal Route in shorter, traffic-free sections
- Chester Railway Path
- Rhyl to St Asaph
- North Wales Coastal Route - Prestatyn
- Prestatyn to Dyserth
- Pensarn to Prestatyn
- Rhos-on-Sea to Pensarn
- Llandudno to Conwy
- Lon Las Ogwen
- Lon Las Cefni: Anglesey
We have taken all responsible steps to ensure that these routes are safe and achievable by people with a reasonable level of fitness. However, all outdoor activities involve a degree of risk. To the extent permitted by law, Sustrans accepts no responsibility for any accidents or injury resulting from following these routes. Walking and cycling routes change over time. Weather conditions may also affect path surfaces. Please use your own judgement when using the routes based upon the weather and the ability, experience and confidence levels of those in your group.