Day 194 The Conwy Coast

Friday 16 October 2015

Rhyl to Colwyn Bay

12 miles

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.  

The bridge over the Clwyd at Rhyl
  
Looking back at Rhyl
 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.  

A huge caravan park at Pen-Sarn; the hills in the background
 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. 

The hill to my left was scarred by mining; half cut away and a huge conveyor belt that crossed the road and rail line to end at a pier.  

Mining the hill next to the A55…
  
…and transporting the products by sea
 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.  

The beach at Colwyn Bay
 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.  

Cormorants sat on each post drying themselves

2 thoughts on “Day 194 The Conwy Coast

  1. Chris Frazer October 31, 2015 / 10:44 am

    Grey days and caravan parks….poor you….hopefully the views will improve as you get further into Wales

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  2. jstumm October 31, 2015 / 7:47 pm

    Oooh, we saw this mining scar and bridge too, and I thought what an amazing piece of engineering!

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