Walk the Wales Coast Path North Wales – Fflint to Prestatyn
The Wales Coast Path leaves the Dee Estuary behind and reaches the sea and mainland Wale’s northernmost point to boot.
Distance: 28.3 km
Ascent: 96 m
Time: Allow 8 hours
Calculate the time using Naismith’s Rule and factor in your own pace.
Start and Finish: Flint to Prestatyn
The Old Tavern at Mostyn, Farmers Inn and Railway Inns at Ffynnongroyw and The Point at Talacre are convenient. Plenty of choice at either Flint or Prestatyn.
Check out the businesses nearby for more places to stay and drink.
Remember that we cannot outline every single hazard on a walk – it’s up to you to be safe and competent. Read up on Keeping Safe on the Wales Coast Path, Navigation and the Gear and Equipment you’ll need.
Businesses on this section of the Wales Coast Path:
Walk the Wales Coast Path North Wales – Fflint to Prestatyn Details
From Fflint, the Wales Coast Path begins to feel more like a coastal path rather than the overgrown canal walking of the previous section. Heading along the Dee estuary, the section gradually leaves it behind and by the end of the day the route reaches both sea and sand.
The route sets off from Fflint, heading off past Flint Castle and along wilder footpaths and embankments in comparison to the Chester to Flint Section. The path continues to keep as close as it can to the marshy coastline, and at least manages to avoid the cardinal sin of LDPS, that of road walking! One of the few landmarks along this section is the Duke of Lancaster, a beached ship that was once used as a tourist attraction and a well known sight from those taking the train into North Wales. It was until recently decorated with huge graffiti, but this art has recently been painted over in black as it may be reopening as a zombie infection venue where you can pay to join an immersive game of virtual zombie hunting.
Not long after, the Wales Coast Path reaches Mostyn and heads inland on the main road, following a cycle track. It’s only for 3km until you reach the village of Ffynnongroyw and then you head back towards the shore at Talacre. You’ll pass signs of industry, from the former colliery to the current gas terminal and finally the relentless march of tourism. At least this means you’ve the chance of some fish and chips or a pint at Talacre! However, once you reach Point of Ayr, or Y Parlwr Du in Welsh, you know that the Welsh Coast Path has finally come good. Not only that, but Point of Ayr is the northernmost point on the Welsh mainland. One of many that the coastal path visits.
An hour or more’s dune or beach walking lies between you and Prestatyn, the perfect opportunity to remove the boots and walk in the sand, especially if you can cool your feet off in the water.