5th May 2017
Now we are back up and walking we decided to have our first long weekend of the year, where we travel further afield and try to complete a number of legs back to back. So this time we went back to North Wales to continue where we left off at Colwyn Bay and needed to walk West rather than East.
So after a drive of over 4 hours we parked on Colwyn Bay promenade by the old pier. Sharon had the bright idea of taking bikes today to get through the ‘long flat parts’ of the walk. This walk finishes off the Llandudno to Rhyl section we started last October and starts the Llandudno to Conwy section. So at 2pm we headed along the promenade briefly before soon being forced on a detour inland while redevelopment work was taking place.
We quickly returned to the coast and what a lovely afternoon it was.
This weekend also gives us three British records…the first is the smallest church in the UK at Rhos-on-sea….or is it? St Trillos seats 6 and would be perfect for a small wedding!!
Then on we went past a golf course and a housing estate towards Little Orme. We had thought we could go around it, and laughed as we passed a steep uphill path.
But after getting to the coast we realised there was no way around Little Orme and the coastal path actually went over it!
Has anyone ever been crazy enough to take a bike up Little Orme? They have now!!
The views were magnificent though and what goes up must come down, so we headed down the tracks…until I got worried that I couldn’t hear Sharon’s brakes squeaking so I stopped and ran back. In my defence I did check Sharon was breathing before I took the picture …she was ok but did get some big bruises… I asked what had happened and Sharon replied “I fell off!”
Bonnie was not involved in the crash and was just having a Lassie moment. Once we were up and running again it was a fast downhill all the way into Llandudno along the promenade.
We parked up the bikes and took a walk on our second record breaker… Wales’ longest pier and the fifth longest in the U.K. A nice coffee and cake later and we were ready to cycle around Great Orme, but even then we had a long steady climb which we ended up walking most of.
As we rounded the head and could see views to the south we readied ourselves for the big downhill.
We hit 29mph heading down which made dragging the bikes around all day worthwhile. The Cheshire Cat marked the end point of today’s walk.
Andrew took Bonnie on the bus to collect the car, and she slept all the way.
The stats for the day in terms of the coastal path are…6 miles of the Rhyl to Llandudno leg completed and 6.2 miles of Llandudno to Conwy making 12.2 miles in total. The overall total is now 258.1 miles completed and 611.6 miles to go. Time to rest up for a long walk tomorrow.