A safe route for cyclists and walkers between Conwy town and Penmaenmawr

A new coastal path takes people away from a busy and dangerous road and links them to key destinations
The challenge

Pedestrians and walkers travelling between Conwy and Penmaenbach had to use a narrow footpath which ran beside the busy eastbound A55. This route was branded a ‘death trap’ by the former North Wales Police Chief Constable. Faced with no viable, safe alternative, residents were forced to drive the short distance between the two towns so there was a real need to address the appalling conditions for local people who wished to walk and cycle.

The solution

I ride regularly between Penmaenmawr and Conwy and the new section of cycle route is wonderful. Instead of being buffeted by vehicles on the A55, I now have a safe journey through the sand dunes. It’s great to see so many more cyclists, especially families, using their bikes to travel between the villages.

- Hilary Davies

Sustrans developed a direct route for walkers and cyclists between Conwy town and Penmaenmawr, including a new bridge over the North Wales railway. The route links to the existing coast path around Penmaenbach Headland to the west connecting to Penmaenmawr and Llanfairfechan. To the east, the route runs through the Conwy Marina area to the centre of Conwy and onwards to Llandudno promenade. The scheme also included a new path through the Conwy Morfa dunes.

The difference

The new route has transformed the walking and cycling experience along this part of the north Wales coast. There has been a large increase in both children and the elderly using the route and the main bridge has helped to regenerate Foryd Harbour by making it easier for local people and tourists to travel to the area. The route closed the last gap in the coastal route, creating a coherent network through North Wales.

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