Walk #415: Rhos-on-Sea to Point of Ayr
Map of the walk
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This was one of the most boring walks that I have done for some time, and the directions are extremely simple. The initial part of the walk from Rhos-on-sea through Colwyn Bay was quite nice, as the views back along the coast towards Little Ormes Head were very good, and I enjoyed the walk past the quite attractive and not overly commercialised pier in the town. I was rather disappointed to see a grey haze when I looked to the northeast, which looked as though it may be a smog layer over the Liverpool area.
I walked quite fast today, averaging well over three miles an hour for the day. This was due mainly due to the flat and easy nature of the terrain, which allowed fast walking, even by me, who is not the world's fastest walker. Although walking this fast was a little straining, I found that I could keep it up for almost all of the day, and this is particularly surprising given the state that my feet were in after yesterday's walk. I had strapped them up very well this morning, and this appears to have done the trick and protected my feet today. This procedure will have to be repeated for the next few days until my feet have recovered naturally.
Sam parked Mervan in Rhyl and rode down on her bike, meeting me in Abergele and she rode alongside me as I walked. By the time that we reached Kinmel Bay I was in need of a rest, so we stopped at The Ferry pub near the bridge over the River Clwyd so that we could have a drink and a little rest before continuing on. Rhyl itself was what I can only describe as a bit of a dump - the seafront area was extremely commercialised, and there was nothing really that I found of interest. Prestatyn was much better, and the seafront area appeared to be far nicer. Both towns were very busy due to the high temperatures, with hundreds of people scattered around the seafront areas. It was quite strange (and in a way sad) that the vast majority of the people were packed into the area right beside the facilities - on the beach in the centre of Rhyl there was hardly any sand to be seen amongst the throngs of people, and yet when I walked a mile eastwards there was the same lovely beach but very few people. It is fairly obvious that people are loath to go a little distance away from the facilities, which is a great shame.
When I met Sam in the car park beside the Smugglers Inn at the Point of Ayr, and I sank with relief onto the step of the van. I was feeling absolutely fine and was quite keen to continue, but I decided that it would be best to stop where I was; I had already walked a good distance today, and I am trying not to push myself too hard. My trainers were soaked after walking through the little river on the beach, and so I sat on the step allowing them to dry out slowly.
It was a lovely evening, and we decided to go on a bit of a fund raising drive this evening. We drove back into Rhyl and raided a few pubs in the town, before moving into Prestatyn and eventually back to the Point of Ayr. This was quite successful, and as summer comes along I can see us doing this more often. I was very tired when we eventually got back to the car park, and I went into the pub so that I could use their facilities before having a shower in the van.
Tomorrow promises to be an irritating day. I have to walk down the southern bank of the River Dee to Flint, and this will involve walking along a main road for long distances. I will not be able to see the sea for long periods, and I shall be entering large industrial areas. I can only hope that the traffic on the main road will be light, as some sections are dual carriageway and so I doubt that they will have pavements beside them. I am really not looking forward to this walk, and it looks as though this may be the case until I get to Liverpool - the next few days to come are all through industrial areas.
The directions for this walk are very simple, as from Rhos-on-Sea to the eastern side of Prestatyn there is a surfaced cycle path (part of the National Cycle Network route 5) all the way. This is well signposted and easy to follow, and only moved away from the seafront once, to cross the River Clwyd.
When the cycle path ends in Prestatyn I joined the beach, and followed this eastwards until I got to the lighthouse at the Point of Ayr. I walked quite far out from the dunes on this section, which was probably a mistake as there was a little river to cross, which I managed to ford easily although my trainers did get soaked. From the lighthouse I headed southeastwards inland across the beach, aiming for a car park beside the Smugglers Inn in Talacre, where this walk ends.
This makes a total distance of 19.9 miles, with 554 feet of ascent and 567 feet of descent.
We parked in a car park at the Point of Ayr, near the Smugglers Inn. This car park was quite busy, but I was too tired to really care about the noise.
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