Saturday, 4 January 2014

PRESTATYN



Prestatyn is the first proper 'resort' moving along the North Wales coast from the border.  Prestatyn's origins stretch back to prehistoric times, and the Romans also set up home here.  Prestatyn lay on a route linking Chester and Caernarfon, and a fort is believed to have been built here, although the only trace of this now are the ruins of a Roman bathhouse on the outskirts of the town.  The town became popular as a resort after the arrival of the railway, and by the end of the 1930s a holiday camp had been established there.  This was commandeered during the war for use as a billet for servicemen, who also stayed in the houses of many of the locals. 

Prestatyn's popularity has no doubt been helped along by the extensive trio of sandy beaches with their dunes on either side of the town: Ffrith Beach, Central Beach and Barkby Beach.  Barkby Beach is home to the Prestatyn Sailing Club, so swimmers need to be aware of the boats using the slipway.  Ffrith Beach offers family fun at the Ffrith Beach Festival Gardens.  The 4-mile promenade joining the three beaches has been incorporated into the National Cycle Network.  Views from the promenade take in an impressive vista from Snowdonia in the west to the Wirral in the east, and on clear days the Isle of Man and the mountains of Cumbria can be made out on the horizon.  Prestatyn is the northern terminus of the magnificent Offa's Dyke path, a long-distance trail which roughly follows the border between England and Wales, finishing up in Chepstow.  The recently completed Wales Coastal Path also passes through here, so walkers are spoilt for choice.  Other popular activities include pitch and putt at Barkby Beach, while for more serious golfers there is the Prestatyn Championship Golf Course.  The Nova Centre offers swimming, and there is 10-pin bowling and indoor bowls, and the Prestatyn Circuit for car racing enthusiasts.

The big event of the year is the Prestatyn Carnival, held in July. For a list of other events in Prestatyn and neighbouring Rhyl see here.

Map of the area.

File:On the Offa's Dyke Path near Prestatyn Hillside - geograph.org.uk - 541328.jpg
View from Offa's Dyke Path. Photo by Mike Harris, via Wikimedia Commons

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