North Wales Drive Day – Report

I am delighted to hear that the day drive organised by Brian Poole & Dave Maddock was a success. Brian & Dave hosted the drive for Dino MacKay, (Cheshire) Ross Williams, (Gwynedd) Andy Stevenson, (Notts.) and Martin Eason & Steve Evans, (Shropshire). The Club was pleased to help a trice by paying the toll for the beautiful scenic route around Great Orme Head.

I hope other members will feel able to arrange days like this. Well done Brian & Dave, here is Dave Maddock’s report.

Martin Garrad

Report on the drive day – 8th May 2022

The weather gods were in our favour and the event attracted 7 cars to join our drive along this popular section of the North Wales Coast.

Our meeting point was the Eirias Park Stadium. This venue hosts many activities from Rugby matches to pop concerts. For us it was a brief stop whilst we assembled, signed some papers that declared that we wouldn’t do any racing (as if).

So from the Stadium we made our way down to the Promenade driving past Porth Eirias and the newly erected Pier. Driving towards Rhos-on –Sea you pass “The Cayley” a large banked grass area, this part of the bay is currently having major sea defence work that will involve pumping a million tonnes of sand to form a large beach area.

Leaving Rhos we made our way to Llandudno climbing over the Little Orme, descending down to Craig-y-Don where we stopped briefly outside the RNLI Lifeboat Station. It was then a quick drive through the very busy town of Llandudno and onto Marine Drive; this is a one way Toll Road that encircles the Great Orme. Diverting away from Marine Drive we ascended to the summit of the Great Orme and had a brief stop at St. Tudno’s Church, parking up at the Summit car park. It was a brief stop but worth it to admire the view of Anglesey and Puffin Island. It was then back down Marine Drive for our lunch break outside “The Rest & Be Thankful” café. After much eating and conversation we continued our drive planning to stop briefly at the West Shore but parking was not available for us, so it was onward to Conwy with another brief stop at Deganwy Railway station. We entered Conwy over the castle bridge with the fabulous Castle as back drop to the historic town. It was very busy with limited parking for us, so, a quick tour of the walled town before we headed off to the Marina.

After a very enjoyable day driving our ‘boats’ it was time to relax and look at some real floating boats and get a bite to eat at the Mulberry Pub.

We appreciate the kindness of our club for paying the Toll on Marine Drive.

Most importantly thanks to all the participants for making the effort that created a great day’s driving and a social event.

Dave Maddock