Flintshire is the smallest of the traditional Welsh counties, with its principal town of Flint lying on the River Dee estuary. Holywell is the site of the Well of St. Winefride’s (the Holy Well), that has attracted pilgrims since the 7th century, and is referred to as the Lourdes of Wales.
Rounding the Point of Ayr, the seaward view changes from the Wirral to the open Irish Sea. The sandy beaches of Prestatyn and Rhyl mark out this stretch of coastline, popular with visitors from the industrial cities of the north-west. Prestatyn enjoys a benign micro-climate, between sea and hills. It has become a centre for walkers, and is at the northern end of the Offa’s Dyke National Trail. There are Roman remains in the town, and the site of a short-lived 12th century castle. Its recent history as a popular resort can be traced to the opening of the Chester and Holyhead railway in 1848.
Rhyl, to the west of Prestatyn, is a once-elegant small Victorian resort with sands and attractions. It suffered from reductions in visitor numbers in the late 20th century, but redevelopment work has improved its appearance in recent years.
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