For many years a colliery, which was one of the last remaining operational deep mines in Wales, operated at Point of Ayr. In 1865 Lord Mostyn, owner of Mostyn Colliery, a few miles away had some trial borings done. On the basis of these successful trials the Prestatyn Coal Company was formed but the site was abandoned soon after. A second attempt was carried out in 1873, this time by a newly formed company, the Western Mostyn Colliery Company. However after an unsuccesful trial shaft the project was abandoned again.
In 1883, a third company was formed, the Point of Ayr Colliery Company, and seven years later they found a seam. Pit Ponies were used to bring the coal to the surface and records show there were about 75 being used. By 1896 the pit employed 356 men and a second shaft had been sunk. When the National Coal Board took over the site in 1947 they added a third shaft to the coal field which extended northwards under the Irish Sea. Point of Ayr colliery closed on 23 August 1996 and everything has been levelled. Nothing remains of the colliery except these old railway lines which spur off the main Holyhead line.
If you intend visiting be aware that there is no parking in the vicinity of the site. Although there are a lot of Private Property signs there are also Public Footpaths clearly sign-posted over parts of the site. It’s lonely, pretty desolate, muddy in parts if you go off the footpaths. There was a cold wind blowing the day I visited, right off the sea and I’m glad I wrapped up well.