This section of the North Wales Coastal Cycleway covers a really dramatic section of the coast. The route starts on the West Shore side of the popular seaside resort of Llandudno, and then sweeps around Conwy Bay, passing Deganwy quay and marina development, before crossing the Conwy Estuary and then hugging the side of Penmaenbach, an impressive mountain which seems to drop straight into the sea. The route finishes on the delightful Penmaenmawr promenade. The views are quite spectacular all round; look out for Conwy castle, glimpses of the Snowdonia mountains and out to Puffin Island on the tip of Anglesey.
The route is fairly flat but even the fittest cyclist may be forced to get off and push on the section close to West Shore as sometimes there is a build up of wind blown sand here. This does get cleared by the council but this usually is only done once a month.
The route is mostly traffic free but there are a few minor sections of road riding necessary, such as in the Conwy Marina area.
The route is 16km, or 32km for a return trip. Families with younger children may wish to go for a shorter route, ending or starting the journey at Conwy for example. There is also a spur which splits off from the Deganwy side of the Conwy Cob. This 1.5km section is very scenic and takes you to the Conwy Nature reserve, a popular RSPB site where numerous species of birds can be viewed.
The route starts at the sea front car park at the southern end of the West Shore beach.