Year of Adventure 2016 - Holywell to Flint

This moderate 8 mile linear walk is a mini adventure stepping back into Welsh history that’s full of industry, a castle and a dragon!

Bettisifield Colliery

Featuring on the Weatherman Walking series, Bettisfield colliery was one of the most important and largest found along the Dee Estuary during the 19th century. At the peak of its production, this busy colliery employed over 500 men who mined the rich coal fields below the seabed. The coal was used to fuel the many steam trains and ships of the day.undefined

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After being hit badly by the Depression and the miners strikes in the 1920s, the colliery eventually closed down in 1933.

Listen to this audio guide about the history of Bettisfield Colliery and step back in time. Maybe you know someone who worked there?

Birds galore!

Bird lovers will love this section of the path. The Dee Estuary that spans the English Welsh border is one of Britain’s best hot spot for spotting thousands of wildfowl and waders making this a bird lover’s paradise.

Head over to Point of Ayr lighthouse on Talacre Beach to try and spot seasonal birds such as avocet (the RSPB’s emblem), oyster catchers and roosting waders.  You may recognise the lighthouse which was featured in a paint advert showing the Dulux dog running across the beach.

Note to birdwatchers of all ages…..keep your binoculars handy!

A Castle awaits you

King Edward I chose the location of his first Welsh castle very carefully in a mission to quell any Welsh uprising against the English.

Begun in 1277 and taking over nine years to complete, Flint Castle sits on a rocky promontory on the marshes of the Dee Estuary.  Marvel at the impressive towers which are fantastic vantage points over the Dee Estuary and the top quality masonry work all around the castle.

Transport yourself back to the 12th century and imagine being a watchman at this castle looking out for your enemies coming in by land, air or sea……get your bow and arrow ready!

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The path to a dragon…

There are many sculptures along this section and one of them is a towering steel dragon with a beacon on its back which is lit for special occasions. It has been poised to protect enemies from the east whether they be across the river or across the world!

 

  • Resources
    Want to know more about this section?  Visit Alyn Books for the official guide to the North Wales Coast (Chester to Bangor) – as part of the suite of official Wales Coast Path guidebooks.
  • Download the Weatherman Walking itinerary from the BBC website (includes map and points of interest in pdf format.)
  • For more information about what birds can be seen at Point of Ayr, visit the RSPB’s website
  • Listen to the audio guide  about the history of Bettisfield Colliery
  • For more information about Flint Castle, visit CADW’s website
  • Looking for a shorter walk?  See the North Wales and Dee Estuary area for walks between 0.5 – 5 miles (0.8 km - 8km)