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Prestatyn Hillside

A leisurely walk (low hills and fells (below 600m)) in Denbighshire, Wales, about 8.10km (5.03 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 2:45h. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Gain 186m (610ft)
Loss 184m (603ft)
Max. Elevation 190m (623ft)
Elevation (total) 370m (1213ft)
Start & End
Prestatyn Station
Distance 8.10km
(5.03mi)
Duration ~2:45
Difficulty  
Leisurely
Ordnance Survey Map
1Created by driver 16 on 19 Mar 2012
On this walk in the most northerly part of the Clwydian hills, there are extensive views over Prestatyn (which lies immediately below), Rhyl, the Vale of Clwyd and the North Wales Coast, and the start of the Offa's Dyke path which heads South through Wales. Paths are steep and narrow and, as I found out, very slippy when wet; I would not recommend taking children. 

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Waypoints

OS Grid SJ063829
Similar to, but slightly different from, Walk No. 13 in Book No. 32 (Pathfinder Guides) North Wales, Snowdon and Offa's Dyke. From the station, walk straight ahead past Offa's Inn (willpower required) up the High Street to the junction with Meliden Road. You should see the Cross Foxes pub (more willpower required); turn right.
OS Grid SJ068826
Turn right into Meliden Road, follow to sign for Woodland Park, waypoint 3.
About 0.59 km (~0.37 miles) from
OS Grid SJ066821
Turn left into The Avenue, follow round to what appears to be a dead end, look left for an opening, and go up to meet the tarmac lane 'Bishops Wood Road'. Look for the kissing gate entrance and Board Sign for Coed yr Esgob, waypoint 4.
About 0.46 km (~0.29 miles) from
OS Grid SJ068813
Take the left-hand path upwards, past Fish Tunnel, to waypoint 5.
About 0.86 km (~0.53 miles) from
OS Grid SJ068810
Follow the path below the Old Quarry until you get a surprise: a purpose-built, extensive, two-level viewing platform set in Hillside Gardens: perfect for a picnic. Take the steps to the right, up to waypoint 6.
About 0.27 km (~0.17 miles) from
OS Grid SJ075815
With the fence on your right, walk up two flights of timber staircases - great views over the Vale of Clwyd to Great Orme (Llandudno walk), Snowdonia (Snowdon, Llugwy and Betws-y-Coed, Tal-y-Cafn and Rowen, Llyn Padarn and Llanberis, Llyn Dinas and Beddgelert walks, etc.), and south to Loggerheads, Moel Famau and Jubilee Tower. At the sign for Gwaenysgor, turn left for a short walk over a field into the village and waypoint 7.
About 0.79 km (~0.49 miles) from
OS Grid SJ075811
I decided to take the easy option here and stay on the tarmac. Follow the road down to the crossroads and waypoint 8.
About 0.40 km (~0.25 miles) from
OS Grid SJ077807
Turn right, and you should see a sign for Bryniau. Follow this to the first road on the right, which says "unsuitable for heavy vehicles". Go down a steep hill to meet Tan-yr-allt road and waypoint 9.
About 0.48 km (~0.3 miles) from
OS Grid SJ060806
Meets Meliden Road at The Miners Arms (more willpower required), turn right, and look out for sign for Ancient Roman Baths (I would not have found this following the trail in the book). Pass the High School to S-bends and waypoint 10.
About 1.72 km (~1.07 miles) from
OS Grid SJ065821
Get a clear view of old quarry from here (again I would not have got this following the trail in the book). Turn left here on path signed to 'Town Centre' and waypoint 11.
About 1.59 km (~0.99 miles) from
OS Grid SJ064829
Hope you made it and enjoyed it.
About 0.70 km (~0.43 miles) from

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