Prestatyn is a very friendly and sociable group that walks every Sunday

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Sunday 25th August 2019

Walk 1. Hiraethog - 3 Lakes Leader Phil Murray Grade 3 10.5 miles long  Start 0830hrs.

Grumpy Old Men's walk Part 1.

                On a much better day weather wise we decided to attempt the Oggy 8 Part 1 walk again, parking near Bryn Poeth in the layby near Glan Dena.  Then it was up to Bryn Poeth which was quiet at this time of day for our 2,000 feet climb up to the Carneddau.  At 3,000 feet plus we carried on to Yr Elen with strong winds coming from the South West. We had our coffee stop at Yr Elen enjoying the views of our next mountain top, Carnedd Llewelyn.

We then pressed on for the climb up to Llewelyn which was the height for the day at 3,483 feet, not a sole in sight at that point. Continuing on we arrived at Carnedd Dafydd for our lunch in the cairn sheltering out of the cool wind. Then it was on again for the last top of the day, Pen yr Ole Wen. We were so lucky with the weather apart from the cold wind, but it was dry. We then descended down the West side of Pen to Glan Den where our cars were parked. We had completed nine and half miles of hard walking with over 3,300 feet of ascent.

Welcome refreshments were then enjoyed at the Siabod Café   Ian Mayo  18/08/2019


Peter's blog our "Prestatyn Dunes"  walk on 18th August.

I decided to do this walk because it is not like any of our usual walks and it is on our doorstep. Seventeen walkers left the car park at 9-30 on a fine day with a westerly breeze. Soon we were on the Prestatyn dunes near the Golf course, and heading towards Gronant.

The Dunes are a special eco-system  with many plants that love the sandy (and windy) conditions. We saw Sea Holly everywhere.

The idea was to walk as far as the lighthouse at Point of Ayr, and to return using different paths where possible. We followed a stretch of the way-marked Wales Coastal Path as far as Gronant. We found a place for a coffee stop just beyond Gronant.

We then walked along the beach beside the marshy area where the "Prestatyn Gutter " meets the sea. We then turned right and headed up into the Talacre Dunes.

We found a World War II Pill Box , which probably wasn't in its original position. It was also upside down. We continued up and down the Dunes and came to an area known as "The Warren". During World War II people from the cities( particularly Liverpool) built wooden chalets here and lived in them to escape the Blitz. Vicky said she remembered some chalets still being occupied here in the 1970's. There are none there now, but plants such as roses are still growing in the dunes where gardens once were.

We had our lunch on the beach at Point of Ayr and watched the tide come in and cover the Lighthouse steps. Then the Airbus ship that takes the wings to France came into view and entered the Dee Estuary.

We made our way to the cafe at Talacre which is run by Vicky's daughter. Ice creams were enjoyed. 

To return to Prestatyn we walked on the tarmac path towards the Presthaven caravan park at first. Before we got as far as the caravan park we turned  into the Dunes again.

After passing Gronant we went onto the boardwalk  up to the viewpoint. A lot of work has been done here recently, including a "Zig-Zag" stretch of boardwalk being built.

We then walked along the dunes just above the beach. The tide was in, so we couldn't walk on the beach. It was quite exhilarating to walk into a headwind on the sand dunes with the sound of the sea to our right.

We soon arrived back at Prestatyn where drinks were enjoyed at the Torello lounge on the High Street.

Peter Simpson  19-8-2019