Friday 16 October 2015
Rhyl to Colwyn Bay
Ellingham House B&B
I woke to another grey day; the theme of N Wales so far. It was only a short hop to Colwyn Bay, where I had arranged to be picked up tomorrow for a family gathering in N Wales. I strolled through Rhyl and across a relatively new pedestrian bridge over the mouth of the River Clwyd. A lot of effort was being made to smarten up the sea front and make it more attractive to tourists.
At Pen-Sarn, just across the Clwyd and sea-side of Abergele, I came across my first static caravan park for a while. There seemed to be hundreds, or even thousands, of caravans all squashed in. The railway line ran through the site and the hills were the backdrop. There was no beach to speak of, just a concrete promenade, some shingle and brown sea.
The coast path was now running directly alongside the A55 and the railway line so the walk was no longer so peaceful. It was also a cycle path and I was passed by lots of cyclists.
Just on the outskirts of Colwyn Bay I stopped for a coffee at a smart-looking new venue that was both a restaurant and a cafe, and had a grass roof that one could walk over. It was owned by a Welsh celebrity chef: Bryn Williams. I wasn’t very impressed by the service. However, this is Porth Eirias, a new development at the heart of Colwyn Bay’s promenade improvements and efforts to create a sandy beach.
I walked through Colwyn Bay town centre to my B&B and had a leisurely evening. I ate at The Station, a nice little restaurant in the centre of town with several local ales.