National Cycle Route 5

National Cycle Route 5 (or NCR 5) is a route of the National Cycle Network, running from Reading to Holyhead.

Route

Reading to Birmingham

Didcot | Abingdon-on-Thames | Radley | Oxford | Banbury | Stratford upon Avon | Bromsgrove | Birmingham

Route 5, as signposted between Stratford-upon-Avon and Birmingham, runs via Bromsgrove and at the latter stages through Birmingham's south-western suburbs, primarily off-road.

Birmingham to Chester

Stoke on Trent

UK National Cycle Route 5 at the Wales England border
Approaching the Welsh border

The route has a junction with National Cycle Route 56 north of Chester Zoo.

Chester to Holyhead

Chester | Conwy | Bangor | Menai Bridge | Holyhead

The track leaves Chester (and England) on the Northern bank of the River Dee. Crossing into Wales, the high quality track crosses the Dee at the side of Hawarden Bridge and then enters the town of Shotton. At this stage the National Cycle Route heads inland and follows a series of quiet roads. Unfortunately the road surfaces are sometimes poor and gradients steep. There are plans to create a better quality route following the coast.

At Talacre the coastal route improves again. It passes through a large caravan site and golf course en route to Prestatyn. From Prestatyn westwards the route hugs the coast and in many places one is just a few metres from the sea.

The path continues through Rhyl where it crosses the River Clwyd and then to Kinmel Bay, Pensarn, Llanddulas, Colwyn Bay and Llandudno. The Llandudno promenade, although not on the official route, is a much better route than the official line which was created before the promenade was opened to cyclists after a long campaign.

The path was much improved West of Conwy in September 2012 by the creation of a traffic free cycle path which now bypasses a particularly dangerous stretch of the A55. Heading further west, the path is highly engineered around the Penmaenmawr area before following quiet lanes into Bangor.

It crosses (with road traffic) the Menai Suspension Bridge and terminates in Holyhead. Much of the road across Anglesey follows country lanes rather than dedicated bike tracks.

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Ballehage Beach

Ballehage Beach is an urban, public beach in the southern parts of Aarhus, Denmark and from 1929 it is one of the oldest sea baths in Denmark. Ballehage Beach is situated in the Marselisborg Forests on the Bay of Aarhus in the suburb of Højbjerg, south of Marselisborg Yacht Harbour and the Aarhus River mouth. Helgenæs lies across the bay to the east, a bit inland to the west is the Marselisborg Deer Park and to the north is the Varna Palace. The beach area is some 1,000 metres (1,000 yards) long and between 10 and 30 metres (30 and 100 feet) wide. It is a white sandy beach with occasional rows of boulders extending into the sea, for coastal erosion protection. Ballehage Beach is popular for sunbathing and swimming due to the shielding effect and scenic view of the nearby forest on the steep hillsides to the west. The beach has a single jetty extending some 20 metres (66 feet) into the sea, offering a platform to jump from or relax on. There are outdoor changing facilities, toilets and storage areas. The Beach is open year-round for everyone at no charge.Ballehage Beach does not have a life guard in the summer but there is a safety station with a lifesaver. It's situated in an area with heavy foot traffic, busy roads and a restaurants. Aarhus Municipality frequently tests the water for bacteria and algae and rates all beaches on a yearly basis. In 2014 and 2015 the beach has received the highest possible 3/3 rating. The water level drops off relatively rapidly and reaches a depth of 2 metres (6 feet 7 inches) some 20 metres (22 yards) from the shore. The winter bathing club Vikingebadeklubben Ballehage is based out of the facilities on BAllehage Beach.

Bellevue Beach, Aarhus

Bellevue Beach is a public beach park with a Blue Flag beach in Aarhus, Denmark. The beach park is located 4 kilometres north of the city centre in the district of Aarhus N, north of the Riis Forest on the Bay of Aarhus in the neighbourhood of Risskov. The peninsulas of Tvedhalvøen and Helgenæs lies across the bay in the east, to the south and a bit inland is the Jydske Asyl (a former psychiatric hospital) and Risskov Church, and a couple of kilometres to the north is Åkrogen and the Egå Marina. Bellevue Beach is one of two beach parks in the Risskov neighbourhood, the other one being Risskov Strandpark a bit south of Bellevue Beach.

Danish National Cycle Route 5

Danish national cycle route 5, known as the Østkystruten (East Coast Route), is the fifth of the 11 Danish National Cycle Routes. It runs from Sønderborg in Southern Jutland to Skagen, the northernmost tip of Jutland in the Northern Jutland region. It follows the east coast of Jutland and is 650 km (400 mi) long, with 90% of this distance being along paved roads.

Hawarden Bridge

Hawarden Bridge (; Welsh: Pont Penarlâg) crosses the River Dee, near Shotton, Flintshire, Wales. The bridge was built by the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway (later the Great Central Railway), on the Chester & Connah's Quay Railway. It opened on 3 August 1889.

Hawarden Bridge is on the Borderlands Line between Wrexham to Bidston. Hawarden Bridge railway station is on the north side of the bridge and Shotton station is on the south. National Cycle Route 5 crosses the Dee on the bridge on a path adjacent to the railway line.

On opening, Hawarden Bridge was largest swing bridge in the United Kingdom. The highest temperature recorded in Wales – 35.2 °C, was recorded at the bridge in August 1990. In the 2010s, the bridge was restored enabling speed and axle load limitations to be raised. It is a Grade II listed structure.

List of cycle routes in Wales

The following is a list of cycleways in Wales.

Celtic Trail cycle route (a multiple-route trail between Chepstow and St Davids, using parts of Routes 42, 43, 46, 47, 49, and 492, 4, the Millennium Coastal Path and a large part of Route 8 (Lon las Cymru

Lôn Las Cymru (see National Cycle Route 8) Holyhead to Cardiff

Millennium Coastal Path (forms a section of both the Celtic Trail cycle route, (part of Route 47) and Route 4)

National Cycle Route 4 (London to Fishguard)

National Cycle Route 5 (Reading – Holyhead, taking in the North Wales coast

National Cycle Route 8 ('Lôn Las Cymru') (Cardiff to Holyhead)

National Cycle Route 42 (Gloucester – Cinderford – Parkend – Chepstow – Abergavenny – Hay-on-Wye – Glasbury)

National Cycle Route 43 (Swansea – Caehopkin – Llanwrtyd Wells – Builth Wells)

National Cycle Route 46 (Bromsgrove – Droitwich – Worcester – Hereford – Abergavenny – Merthyr Tydfil – Neath)

National Cycle Route 47 (Newport – Neath – Swansea – Llanelli – Carmarthen – Fishguard)

National Cycle Route 49 (Abergavenny – Pontypool – Cwmbran – Newport)

National Cycle Route 81 ('Lon Cambria' Aberystwyth – Shrewsbury – Telford – Wolverhampton – NCR 5 at Smethwick also known as Lon Cambria)

National Cycle Route 82 ('Lôn Las Ogwen': Bangor – Capel Curig - Porthmadog – Dolgellau – Machynlleth (–) Ystrad Meurig – Fishguard)

National Cycle Route 84 (Rhyl – St Asaph - Llangollen – Oswestry)

National Cycle Route 85 (Chester – Wrexham - Trevor – Llangollen - Corwen – Bala – Dolgellau)

National Cycle Route 88 (Caerleon – Newport – Cardiff – Bridgend)

Route 423 (Cwmbran – Monmouth – Ross (former RR30 and Peregrine Path)

Route 436 (Dulais Valley, South Wales)

Route 437 (South Wales to Glanaman)

Route 438 (South Wales to Glanaman)

Route 439 (South Wales to Glanaman)

Route 440 (Milford Haven)

Route 446 (Carmarthen – Llandysul)

Route 447 (Cardiganshire to Newcastle Emlyn)

Route 448 (Crymych – Cardigan)

Route 465: Pontypool – Hafodyrynys (- Crumlin); (Aberbeeg -) Cwm – Beaufort

Route 466: Valleys

Route 467: Valleys

Route 468: (Trethomas -) Pengam – Abertysswyg (-) Rhymney – Bute Town

Route 469: Bargoed – (Fochriw – Rhymney)

Route 475: Caerphilly – Senghenydd

Route 476: Trelewis – Taff Bargoed

Route 477: Edwardsville – Merthyr Tydfil

Route 478: Abercynon – Llwydcoed

Route 492: Cwmbran – Brynmawr

Route 566: Anglesey north coast

Route 811: Valleys – Porth-Pontypridd (Rhondda Fach)

Route 818: Llangurig NCN81 high level braid

Route 819: Rhayader-Strata Florida southern braid

Route 820: Llanwrtyd Wells – Strata Florida/NCN81

Route 822: Aberaeron – Lampeter

Route 825: Radnor Ring

Route 862: Gellings Greenway: Kirkby – Knowsley (Liverpool)

Route 881: Valleys (Rhondda Valley / Pontypridd – Maerdy)

Route 882: Valleys (Rhondda Valley / Treorchy)

Route 883: Valleys (Ogmore Valley)

Route 884: Valleys (Garw Valley)

Route 885 (Bridgend – Maesteg – Afan Forest Park)

Route 887 (Port Talbot – Pontrhydyfen – Afan Forest Park)

Taff Trail (partly follows the National Cycle Network Route 8, Lôn Las Cymru)

The National Byway -including stretches among the Welsh Marches

Lon Clwyd

Lon Clwyd is the name of a partially completed cycle route running South from the North Wales coast. It currently links Rhyl (where it joins National Cycle Route 5) to Rhuddlan, but has not yet been extended to communities further south such as Denbigh and Ruthin.

Moesgård Beach

Moesgård Beach is a public Blue Flag beach in Aarhus Municipality in Denmark. The beach is located in the southern outskirts of Aarhus in the Marselisborg Forests on the Bay of Aarhus in the suburb of Højbjerg. Helgenæs lies across the bay to the east, a bit inland to the west is the Marselisborg Deer Park and to the north is the Varna Palace. The beach area is some 1000 meters long and between 25 and 40 meters wide. It is a white sandy beach with occasional rows of boulders extending into the sea, for coastal erosion protection. Moesgård Beach is popular for sunbathing and swimming due to the shielding effects and scenic views of the nearby forests on the steep hillsides to the west. The beach has a single jetty extending some 20 meters into the sea, offering a platform to jump from or relax on. The Beach is open year-round for everyone at no charge.Moesgård Beach has a life guard in the summer and there is a safety station with a lifesaver. It's situated in an area with heavy foot traffic, busy roads and Moesgård Museum and Moesgård Manor lies 1.5 kilometers to the west. Aarhus Municipality frequently tests the water for bacteria and algae and rates all beaches on a yearly basis. In 2014 and 2015 the beach has received the highest possible 3/3 rating. The water level drops off relatively rapidly and reaches a depth of 2 meters some 20 meters from the shore.

National Cycle Route 56

National Cycle Network (NCN) Route 56 is a Sustrans National Route that runs from Chester to Liverpool. The route utilises country lanes, a former railway trackbed, a coastal path and a seaside promenade.

National Cycle Route 57

National Cycle Route 57 is part of the United Kingdom's National Cycle Network. When complete, it will run west to east from Farmington, Gloucestershire near Northleach to Welwyn Garden City in Hertfordshire.

Several sections are not suitable for road bikes.

Links to:

National Cycle Route 5 at Oxford.

National Cycle Route 6 at Harpenden.

National Cycle Route 12 at Welwyn Garden City.

Pelsall

Pelsall is a large village and civil parish, situated in the West Midlands, England. It previously was in Staffordshire but was along with Aldridge-Brownhills combined into the West Midlands County.

Pensarn

Pensarn is a suburb of Abergele in Conwy County Borough, Wales. It has a population of around 2,000.

The name Pensarn means 'end of the causeway' in English. The crossing of Morfa Rhuddlan was facilitated by a causeway near the sea, located at this point. This causeway was later flanked by the holiday developments along the coast.

Pensarn is served by Abergele and Pensarn railway station, the A55 and National Cycle Route 5

South Staffordshire line

The South Staffordshire line is a mothballed railway line that once connected Burton-upon-Trent to Lichfield in Staffordshire and then to the West Midlands towns of Walsall, Dudley and Stourbridge. However, Dudley and Stourbridge were already joined to the Oxford, Worcester and Wolverhampton Railway's (OW&WR) line just north of Dudley Station. It in essence, continued to Stourbridge (Dudley and Stourbridge were later to become part of the West Midlands conurbation).

Åkrogen

Åkrogen (lit.: River-nook) is an urban, public beach and park in the northern parts of Aarhus, Denmark.

Åkrogen is situated in both the neighborhood of Risskov and the suburb of Egå on the Bay of Aarhus at Egå Marina. The beach park is divided by the marina in a southern and a northern section. Kalø Vig and Helgenæs is in the east and a bit inland to the west is the lake of Egå Engsø.

The beach itself is fairly slim, between 10 and 12 metres (33 and 39 feet) wide, with a beachline stretching for some 850 metres (2,790 feet) at the southern section and 440 metres (1,440 feet) in the northern section. It is coarse sandy beach with gravel and several coastal protections composed of rows of boulders extending into the sea. A few short stretches of the beach are broader with white sand. The waters are very shallow with a sandy bottom and reach a depth of 2 metres (6 feet 7 inches) some 250 metres (820 feet) from the coast. Saline content is 20-35‰ and there's a weak northbound current.

Åkrogen is a popular beach for windsurfers and kitsurfers due to the shallow waters and brisk winds. Each beach section is equipped with a 20 metres (66 feet) jetty extending into the sea, from which small watercrafts can be landed or launched. The Canadian newspaper "The Globe and Mail" voted Åkrogen one of the 10 best beaches in the world in 2008.The beach is maintained in conjunction with two park areas south and north of the Egå Marina. The southern section is situated along the Egå river where it terminates in the Kattegat sea. Both park sections comprise large grassy areas, trees and rows of bushes, designed to provide windbreaks and limited privacy for beachgoers and sunbathers. The grass extends to the beach itself, providing enough room to fly kites or play team sports and there is a playground for children.

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