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16 July: Offa the Dyke and Onto the beach

The journey to Trelawynd was perhaps longer than usual but it turned out to be well worth it. We booted up on the car park in the village and and donned Kagoules as we set off to a drizzling and slightly misty start, as we headed for the hills above Trelawynd.

Eleven of us were out today on a walk which was as pretty as it was varied. Not long after starting a steady hill climb upto Graig Fawr the sun came out to greet us and to escort us for the whole day. At the top we were relieved from heatstroke by a pleasant sea breeze blowing up from the Welsh Channel. Here we had our morning break as we gazed out over the suburbs of Prestatyn and Rhyll. To the west south west was Snowdonia and to the south,  Llantysilio Mountain and  Moel Famau could be seen . After a short drop and another short climb we traversed the path running through the woods above Prestatyn before dropping down into the bustling town. This then became a trip down memory lane for those of us who had spent our childhood holidays here.

Pub lunch al fresco and then off down to the promenade to meet the beach. Here we turned east along the prom untill it ran it's course and we took to the dunes like the Foreign Legion. The pace started to quicken around this point as we pushed on hard to make an impromtu dinner date arranged by Jan at a local hostelry in Trelawnyd, for the alloted and latest available time of 17.45 hrs.  This did not stop us from  enjoying an ice cream stop as we passed by a holiday camp shop. Despite the pace the afternoon's walk was still a gem as we rose and fell across several wooded and pastured hillsides on the way back to Trelawnyd. The anticipated climb of Gop Hill, the grande finale, was thwarted by our schedule and also by forestry work, so we hastened on down the track to the village for our dinner date. This turned out to surpass all  the expectations we had for an ordinary village pub in an 'off the tourist track location'. In short the meal and the service was as excellent as it was well priced.

Well done Jan for a memorable day out.

Ken Twigge

Wonderful views from morning tea stop of the western profile of the Snowdonia mountain range plus looking down on the lush vale of Clwyd and the sweeping Kimmel bay. On route to the sea we came upon an amazing metal sculpture of a Roman helmet in which we stood for a photo. Onto the dunes after lunch then a steady climb back to the start with a brief stop to view Liverpool bay and cathedral. Great end to the day with a meal in the Crown Inn, Trelawyndd for £8, thanks Jan for a great day out, nice to tread new ground.


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Photo: Jan

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Photo: Dominic

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Photo: Jan

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