Sadly, this is my last day walking in Wales on this trip. I get splendid views across the estuary to the Wirral on the English side of the River Dee.
From the station in Flint I make my way down to the castle which was built by Edward I. He built a chain of castles around North Wales in his attempt to conquer the country.
I must have taken my eye off the ball, so to speak, because soon after leaving Flint, I found my path blocked by a No Access to a Naturalist site. Now I do hate retracing my steps, so I thought if I dropped everything, no-one would notice me walking through. The question now is, did I or did I not?
My view along the estuary is dominated by the Queensferry Power Station with its four chimney stacks at Connah’s Quay. The main source of work in the area is the Power Station or the Tata Steel Works at Shotton nearby.
At Shotton I cross the River Dee alongside the railway line onto the Wirral. After walking through several industrial estates I hit the open countryside. There is a good cycleway up the Wirral that follows fairly closely to the railway line.
I finally pass a signpost that tells me that I have crossed the border back into England. I have enjoyed my time in Wales, seen some wonderful places and met many great people. I have found the welsh people to be warm hearted and very welcoming.