Wales Coast Path: Greenfield to Ffynnongroyw

WCP-11Saturday, 2nd March 2013 – 13.5 miles

Our first day – written up over 18 months later!

We decided to have a go at walking some of the newly created Wales Coast Path. It’s not too far from home and didn’t look too strenuous for Robby whose knee was being troublesome. As we had already cycled what looks like the same route from Chester to Bagillt, we opted to start further down the coast at Greenfield near Holywell, where we knew we could park.
Almost straight away, we came to somewhere we hadn’t known about – Greenfield dock. The tide was out, leaving a muddy inlet with an unexpected number of small boats.

Greenfield Dock

Greenfield Dock

The path led alongside the River Dee which was calm and still with great views back towards Wirral (where we live). I rather liked this carving looking out over the river.

Looking over the Dee

Looking over the Dee

The path led between the river and the road and railway, with quite a high embankment to the river. You could see how this land was part of the coastal plain with embankments and ditches everywhere.

We got to Mostyn where the old ship Duke of Lancaster is still moored. Many years ago it was used as a nightclub but now stands empty and unused except by graffiti artists!

Duke of Lancaster

Duke of Lancaster

Graffiti

Graffiti

The path then went inland, past Mostyn docks surprisingly busy – and along the road for a while, with some short stretches leading through grass or trees at the roadside.It made for a slightly less interesting walk, although the old station building at Mostyn was worth a photo.

Mostyn station building

Mostyn station building

Relief on Mostyn station

Relief on Mostyn station

We got to the village of Ffynnongroyw, a street of small houses and many pubs. This looked like a suitable place to turn round, with on-street parking for next time. It was the day after St David’s day, and most of the houses were flying Welsh flags, or St David’s flags, although one brave soul had an England flag on display.

We took an alternative route back, which took us inland and round the back of a hill. It was a bit further and harder walking but a lot more interesting and pleasant than returning by the same stretch of road. It also took us under this building, part of the Mostyn estate. I think this is the ‘Dry bridge lodge’ which has a carriage drive passing through the building while the public road goes underneath.

 

Dry Bridge Lodge, Mostyn Hall

Dry Bridge Lodge, Mostyn Hall

From here, we returned by the same route along the river. The tide was in and we were treated tot he sight of flocks of oystercatchers flying round.

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Oystercatchers

WCP Greenfield to Fynnongroyw

WCP Greenfield to Fynnongroyw

 

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