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.
Today I start in Prestatyn on the seafront at the start or finish of the Offa’s Dyke long distance walk which goes from Prestatyn to Chepstow. I did not see anyone setting off on the walk, maybe it was too cold and blustery.
I quite enjoy the walk along the beach at Prestatyn and out towards the lighthouse at the Point of Ayr. This seems to be a popular walk particarly for people stopping at the nearby Presthaven Sands Holiday Park. When the tide is out the beach is vast and sits at the mouth of the River Dee.
This stretch of coastline takes me back to my childhood. One of the highlights of our trips back up north to Cheshire to see my Aunties and Uncles on my Dad’s side of the family was day trips to the seaside like Rhyl and Colwyn Bay.
Many of the beaches along this part of the coast were popular with working families that came from Manchester. The bust A55 expressway seems to bypass these places now as they whisk people further afield like Anglesea or Abersoch.
The main A55 Dual Carriageway now by-passes many of the seaside towns along this stretch of coast. Penmaenmawr is one of them which is overlooked by its own mountain which has been significantly quarred.
For most of the day some dark clouds hung over this mountain, I thought that I was in for a soaking but the dark clouds stayed put and I even got some sunshine later on.
I walk under two bridges that join Anglesea to the mainland which is about as close as I get to Anglesea. I am not including walking round islands during this challenge, but I will be back one day.
The first bridge is the Britannia which was rebuilt in 1970 to carry both rail and road traffic. The original bridge was built by Robert Stephenson which burnt down after a cinder from a train passing through set it alight . He also built many of the lighthouses in Wales. The original support towers have been used in the new bridge.
By pure coincidence I meet up with an old friend, as I walk down a narrow road towards Dinlle Dinas. Dennis and Rose had been camping there and had packed up and were making there way home. It was a pleasant surprise meeting them we stood by the side of the road chatting for about half an hour.
Dinlle Dinas is a popular seaside area especially with campers and caravanners. There are good views of Anglesea and back along the coast to the Llyn peninsula.
In the old days Nefyn used to be a seafaring port with fishing particularly for herring. This is where I start todays walk with a mountain to conquer in Yr Eifi.
After passing through Pistyll, I pass through some old quarry workings at Penrhyn Glas, this is the first of two quarries I pass through. Up ahead I see a far bigger quarry of Porth-y-Nant.
Today I walk the north coast of the Llyn peninsula from the sands that whistle to a golf course on the edge of the world.
I leave Aberdaron and make my way up the road to Anelog where I join the coast again. As I walk along the grassy cliff tops I soon come to a wide sandy beach with an interesting name of whistling sands.
I have been staying at a bunkhouse at Tanrallt Farm in Llangian, just outside Abersoch for the last few days. It has been a fabulous retreat for me with all the basic facilities I needed after a long day walking. It is a working farm run by Phil and Menir who were great and very friendly and helpful.
I notice that there is a strong sense of identity with the welsh people in this area. You find the Welsh language being spoken in nearly every shop, café and restaurant you go into.
Over the next few days I seem to see quite a lot of Pwllheli, as it becomes a hub for me as I travel between places. It is the major town on the Llyn peninsular.
It has a big harbour which used to be a big fishing port and ship building centre. There is also a marina with plenty of boats for the sailing fraternity. It is also the end on the main railway line from Machynlleth and the Midlands.