Today has not been a great start for my attempt to create one HDR photo every day, during the month of August, using Unified Color‘s HDR Express. Although it’s finally stopped raining we are expecting heavy rain later this afternoon. Not the best conditions for HDR Photography.
As this is the first day of my personal challenge where better to start than where I’m currently living and that’s Prestatyn in North Wales. So what’s special about Prestatyn? Well, depends on your point of view it’s either the beginning (or end) of the Offa’s Dyke Path National Trail? I’m going to say it’s the beginning.
The Offa’s Dyke walking trail links Prestatyn with Sedbury Cliffs, Chepstow and is named after King Offa, a Mercian King who built a dyke between Wales and England in the 8th century AD. There has long been a debate about the purpose of the dyke. Was it a boundary between Wales and England? Or a customs barrier? How did it work?
The name given to this work is ‘dechrau a diwedd’ (beginning and end). The name acknowledges the nature of the Offa’s Dyke Path National Trail and Prestatyn as a point of departure or arrival. The trail is symbolised by a stylised representation of the sun. To either side of the sun sculpture are paved areas, some made of local Welsh, limestone.The limestone blocks provide seating and also photo opportunities for hikers starting or finishing the trail.
- Events for Dyke trail’s 40th year (bbc.co.uk)
- Ordnance Survey feature a walk submitted by Powys Ramblers (powysramblers.org.uk)