Day 193 Croeso Y CYMRU

Thursday 15 October 2015

Flint to Rhyl

19 miles

The Pier Hotel

  I was late getting up after a very late night spent catching up with my family news. It was lovely to see my Aunt and Uncle, and they looked after me very well. They even drove me across the border into Wales so I could start my walk from Flint, thus missing out walking past all the industry and power stations around the River Dee.   

The Dee’s power stations and industry
 The drive along the A55 to get to Flint was lovely; the Autumn colours of the trees was wonderful. We passed Broughton, where the A380 wings are made and then shipped along the Dee by barge to Mostyn before being loaded onto a ship and taken to the South of France. 

Looking across the Dee (at low tide) to The Wirral
 Flint has a castle that was built by King Edward I after he began his invasion of Wales in 1277. 

Flint Castle
 My walk took me mostly along the banks of the estuary as far as Mostyn and then I headed across the main A55 and walked through a couple of the small towns. The small, terraced housing and cramped villages surrounded by beautiful hills was a marked contrast to England.  
A tiny port at Bagillt with small fishing boats
  
A ship left to rot
 
Talacre looks like a holiday village with a power station attached and is right on the corner at the mouth of the Dee estuary, opposite Hoylake in Wirral. There are big sand dunes that protect the beach facing the Irish Sea and an old lighthouse that looks abandoned on the beach.  

The lighthouse on the beach at Talacre
 The sky had gone very dark as I walked through the dunes to Prestatyn. Fortunately the cloud passed over me before it rained. Prestatyn was pretty deserted and looked rather soulless and sad.  

Walking through the dunes
 I carried on past on the promenade and headed for Rhyl, which also looked closed for the winter. The fairground and promenade attractions were all boarded up or fenced off.  

Welsh hills just inland
  It had been a long day and I arrived at my hotel in Rhyl just as the daylight was fading.
Approaching Rhyl; sunset over Great Orme
 

3 thoughts on “Day 193 Croeso Y CYMRU

  1. Chris Frazer October 31, 2015 / 10:42 am

    Wales at it’s best….very scenic pics of the sunset….beautiful. Well done Juice very envious….such beauty away from the urban scrawl.

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  2. martinrendall November 3, 2015 / 7:17 am

    “Prestatyn…looked rather soulless and sad.” Hope that’s not too Freudian, I lived there for 13 years, including most of my formative years!
    Your journey is amazing Lucy, fantastic…

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    • Lucy November 5, 2015 / 6:51 pm

      Hi Ruth. I hope all is well with you? I think Prestatyn was just shut for the winter, and of course it was a dark day. I didn’t see it at its best. Glad you’re enjoying the blog.

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