23 May 2012: LLANDUDNO'S premier shore failed to take a coveted beach award - but tourism officials
are optimistic this will not impact on visitor numbers.
The North Shore at Llandudno was denied a Blue Flag during this year's round of awards
after failing water quality tests conducted by Environment Agency Wales.
The beach held the award from 2006 until 2011.
Chris Jackson, chairman of North Wales Tourism, said while Blue Flags were always welcome for beaches in North Wales ... not receiving the award ... was not an indictment of the attractiveness of a beach.
He said: "The Blue Flag is very, very stringent as opposed to something like the Tidy Britain standards, which is arguably more relevant to people using the beach..."
So if you're here in Llandudno proper, you're probably not lounging on the shingle catching rays. You're riding the donkeys, the rides on the famous Victorian pier, the cable car or tramway up the Orme, sampling the innumerable restaurants, taking a boat trip, strolling the promenade or just generally imbibing the ambiance and heritage of a classic Victorian seaside resort town.
Exit the A55 at junction 19 and take the A470 into town. At the fourth roundabout
turn right and continue straight to the sea then left along The Parade. Parking
possibilities all along but one usually needs to hunt for a spot. For the pier (and the Ski Centre)
continue all the way along and past the pier towards the Marine Drive
(the scenic road around the Great Orme) to a couple of sizeable paypark areas.
Alternatively approach as for the West Shore through Deganwy, then turning right down Gloddaeth Ave.