Wales Coast Path: Beaumaris to Mariandyrys

wcp-beaumaris-824 August 2016 – 9.8 miles

Another lovely day. We packed up the tent and left the car at the campsite, then walked down to the coast. We had walked back to the campsite along the Coast Path on-road route last night; this morning we did it again, but along the shore. The tide was well out, but some of the shore was rocky, some parts were muddy, but there were lovely views across to Snowdonia, and Puffin Island coming into view at the corner of Anglesey. We saw a few boat trips from Beaumaris heading out that way. wcp-beaumaris-2

We then moved inland at a small car park where a river came down to the sea. I’m sure I saw a flash of a kingfisher here!

We had a rest on a dangerous bench.wcp-beaumaris-3

wcp-beaumaris-4The route was now mostly along the road, although it was fairly quiet. We passed some old works – presumably from the quarry a little further inland – then arrived at Penmon Priory. We took a little time to look round the priory ruins, the church and the dovecote before continuing along the toll-road.

Penmon point was quite busy. It is such a familiar view from photographs, but neither of us had ever been here before. There was a little excitement – I think someone had decided to swim out to the lighthouse, and had got into difficulties. People on the shore began to shout and wave at a passing yacht to get help, but soon dismissed it shouting “It’s okay. He’s alright now!”wcp-beaumaris-7

We met very few people once we headed away from this point. The route heads away from the coast, but still gave views back towards Puffin Island for a while. We then headed through farm paths and lanes, until we reached a small junction near Mariandyrys which seemed a convenient point to stop.

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From here it was a straightforward couple of miles back to the campsite.wcp-beaumaris-to-mariandyrys

 

Wales Coast Path: Talacre to Prestatyn

14 June 2014 – 14.1 miles

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Robby’s knee was feeling up to a walk, and the weather looked fine for the weekend. We decided against anything too hilly and then remembered that we had started the Wales Coast Path nearly 18 months ago. It’s flat and an easy day out from home. We even remembered where we had finished last time in Fynnongroyw – might check the spelling!

Gas terminal, Point of Ayr

Gas terminal, Point of Ayr – industry and nature

From the village we crossed the main road and walked across disused industrial areas to the gas terminal. It looked rather as if they have moved the whole operation at some time in the recent past. Quite strange to have such an industrial site with what looks like unspoilt coastline and marsh behind it. There were a couple of egrets wading in one of the inlets.

Egret

Egret

We soon reached Talacre, which was becoming popular on a sunny Saturday. Somewhere I have never been. In fact, the whole day was something of a revelation, having always thought that this area was built-up, popular holiday resorts (and, as such, didn’t appeal at all!).

Flower in the dunes

Flower in the dunes

Despite the cars, there were very few people away from the beach near the car park! We had a good walk through sand dunes, with flowers and plants everywhere. We weren’t sure of the exact route, so eventually headed to the coastline, where we sat on the top of the dunes looking out to sea, north to Wirral and south to Snowdonia.

20140614-P1020791We continued walking along the beach, where it was better waymarked. The tide was a long way out and the beach became reedy, with the path heading inland at Presthaven Sands caravan park.

We followed a footpath which led across the edge of the golf course to reach the edge of Prestatyn, near Pontins – what a bleak place for a holiday! I was quite amused by this couple on a tandem.TandemWe then headed back along the beach, watching terns flying overhead. A nesting area was roped off, so we continued past, until someone came out to ask us to go back as they didn’t want anyone going past between the nest area and the sea. The notices hadn’t explained that, or we would have avoided it altogether. Anyway we cut back along the inland path so we had pretty much looped around the golf course.Again, it was a really nice place, now a nature reserve with reeds and streams.

Swans

Swans

We then returned by the route along the beach with an ice cream from the van at Talacre. A fantastic day, with great weather (should have had an extra slap of suncream at lunchtime!) and discovering somewhere unexpected almost on our doorstep.

WCP Ffynnongroyw to Prestatyn

WCP Ffynnongroyw to Prestatyn