WALK DETAILS

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Exit the car park to go left (westerly) in the direction of Rhyl keeping the sea right. There is a ramp for pushchair users in the narrow section that separates the two sections of the car park. Pass a sign for ‘Prestatyn Central beach’ and head off along the promenade keeping the beach and sea right. After the car park ends keep ahead on the promenade passing odd stone breakwaters on the beach. Shortly the promenade becomes three levels – stick to the middle one if you can. Pass a ramp giving beach access and continue to reach a slipway down to the beach right and left turning giving access to the bowls centre left.

Points of interest on this section:

A – The Nova Centre is one of North East Wales’ biggest indoor visitor attractions offering a swimming pool, a splash pool, a fitness suite, an indoor soft play area, a café and a restaurant.

B – As you walk along the front you will notice the large wind farm out to sea. This is The North Hoyle Offshore Wind Farm which commenced operating in 2003. It was Wales’ first offshore wind farm.

2) Continue ahead on the promenade which is just one level now and slopes gently to the beach. When you reach a sea wall continue ahead with the beach beyond the wall right and a golf course left. Along this section you are by Robin Hood Beach and there is no pushchair access to it here. Further along pass a small lake left and continue past houses on the outskirts of Rhyl. After a modern red brick building bend right and left with the promenade to reach Splash Point by a raised viewing area.

Points of interest on this section:

A – Splash Point – Splash Point and Splash Point Beach are a popular location for day-trippers. The beach is dog friendly and has no restrictions all year round.

3) Continue ahead along the promenade (a detour to the raised viewing platform is pushchair friendly and worth it for the views) with the seafront buildings of Rhyl to your left. Pass toilets left and continue along Rhyl seafront passing along Rhyl East Beach to reach Rhyl Lifeboat Station.

Points of interest on this section:

A – Rhyl’s Lifeboat service was established in 1852 and the lifeboat station here is one of the busiest stations in Wales.

4) – From the lifeboat station continue along the front past Rhyl Central Beach and an elevated viewing platform area left. Rise gently past a lifeguard station to curve left and walk past the entrance to Rhyl SeaQuarium. Reach a road near the shops in Rhyl and go left to the bus station which is facing The White Rose Shopping Centre. Go to Bus stop 1 and catch bus 35 to Prestatyn Bus Station.

Points of interest on this section:

A – Rhyl SeaQuarium has over 30 exhibits and an outdoor cove for seals.

5) Exit the bus at Prestatyn Bus Station and head towards the nearby bridge to cross Gas Works Lane. Follow the left side of the road to pass over another road and cross the bridge. Curve right and left past the entrance to Prestatyn Railway Station. Take care with children and dogs on this section and continue to the road end and a major crossroads with traffic lights. Go left to use the crossing point to get over the road and take Bastion Road ahead continuing all the way to the Nova Centre. Go left in front of it to cut right back to the car park and start point.

Points of interest on this section:

A – Offa’s Dyke Long Distance Footpath starts to right of The Nova Centre as you walk towards it and runs for 177 miles/285 Km to Chepstow in South Wales.

A WORD OF CAUTION

Walking in the outdoors can be a strenuous activity and it is up to you to ensure that you are fit and healthy enough to undertake the route described and to approach the venture with caution and care. You should wear appropriate footwear and suitable clothing, take along food and drink plus carry the relevant map and a compass and be able to use it. The details given here are believed to be correct at the time of going to press. However, neither North Wales Magazine nor the author can accept responsibility for inaccuracies encountered.

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