The North of Wales is often overlooked compared with other, more famous areas of Britain; however this corner of the world has a lot to offer. The Northern coast, that’s easily accessible from our holiday parks in North Wales, is often neglected in comparison to Snowdonia none the less it is rewarding in its own right.
This walk is one of guaranteed views. As a circuit of the island that is classified as 95% an Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the stunning landscapes are hard to miss. The route stretches 128 miles, though is broken up into more manageable sections depending on how long or challenging an experience you are looking for. This path incorporates a variety of landscapes from hidden coves that are stumbled upon to a rugged wilderness that harks back to older times. The area is also renowned for its wildlife with dolphins, porpoises and seals regularly spotted off the coast.
This leisurely amble is one for the foodies. Amongst this gentle stroll is a gem of a pub that is only accessible by foot or boat and has landed itself amongst the top ten beach bars in the world. The Ty Coch Inn is a welcome break amongst the glorious beaches where one can relax over a hand pulled pint and traditional pub fare. Not only is the area picturesque, it is also an ornithologist paradise; with wildflower meadows creating a perfect habitat for Oystercatchers and Cormorants as well as the rare Red-Billed Chough.
This charming walk is coupled with a Victorian Tram Way that is culmination of the history of the area. There is a legend of romance and betrayal dating back to the sixth century layered with warring barons, it is akin to a Welsh ‘Hamlet’. The copper mines that riddle the hillsides and industrialised the area, can still be seen and lay dormant next to the bay that attracted The Royal Artillery Coastal Artillery School. They moved here due to the proximity of the bay despite the many shipwrecks that have devastated this area of the coast. Most notably was The Hornby that wrecked on New Year’s Day 1824 and now has a cave named after it.
This walk towards Prestatyn is elevated by the waterfall by Dyserth. This is the culmination of the Ffyddion River as it plummets 70ft surrounded by views of Snowdonia and Anglesey. This waterfall is believed to be the site of a mill mentioned in the 1086 Doomsday Book and this is reinforced by the two enormous walls to the left of the falls. This is thought to hold the water wheel that would have powered the historic mill. This was described in Thomas Pennants ‘A Journey to Snowdonia’ as ‘ A water-fall in the deep and rounded hollow of a rock, finely darkened with ivy, once gave additional beauty to this spot; but of late, the diverting of waters to a mill, has robbed the place of elegant variation’. Image Credit: Jack Langton, Flickr. Available Under Creative Commons.