Ffrith Beach – A Coastal Path

Ffrith BeachPrestatyn, Denbighshire, North Wales (Postal code LL19 7AR) is one of three sandy beaches along the Prestatyn coastline – Barkby Beach, Central Beach and Ffrith Beach. A promenade joins the three beaches, and, at around 4-miles in length, is popular for leisurely strolls and cycling. It has recently been incorporated into the new National Cycle Network. There are spectacular views right along the promenade, extending from the Snowdonian Mountains, the Great Orme of Llandudno and Anglesey to the west, through to The Wirral to the east, and Prestatyn Hillside to the south. On very clear days, glimpses can also be caught of the Isle of Man, the Cumbrian Mountains and Blackpool Tower, while the BHP Billiton Petroleum Douglas oil and gas platform in Liverpool Bay is usually clearly visible. It can be seen in this image as the first small object on the horizon as you view from left to right.

Also seen on the horizon is North Hoyle windmill farm which is located 4-5 miles off the coast between Rhyl and Prestatyn and comprises of 30 wind turbines, each rated at 2 megawatts. North Hoyle is the UK’s first major offshore wind farm and represents a major milestone in the UK’s drive towards cleaner sources of power.

Built in 2003, the project is now fully operational and produces enough clean, green electricity each year to meet the needs of approximately 40,000 homes. This clean generation will offset the release of about 160,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (the main greenhouse gas contributing to global warming and climate change) every year.

The path you see is one of many provided across the sand dunes to protect what is the only surviving largely unmodified dunes along the North Wales coastline. Deemed a site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), they still serve a valuable function as a natural sea defence. On the far side of Gronant are the dunes of Talacre which together form an important haven for birds as part of the Dee Estuary. During the winter, more than 100,000 waders and 20,000 water fowl make it their home. Wildlife experts say Gronant is unique because it supports Wales’ only remaining colony of breeding little terns, a sea bird. They spend the winter at sea off the West African coast feeding on fish. Each Spring, they migrate to this same beach near Prestatyn to nest and lay their eggs on the shingle.


26 thoughts on “Ffrith Beach – A Coastal Path

  1. Jo Bryant September 3, 2011 / 00:13

    love this shot – it is the type of place I would love to spend time at


    • Mike Hardisty September 3, 2011 / 07:57

      In the summer time it’s always busy with holiday makers but when the season is over it becomes very lonely and quiet, that’s when I love it best


  2. joybound September 3, 2011 / 01:50

    Feels so peaceful 🙂


    • Mike Hardisty September 3, 2011 / 07:58

      Summer time is always busy. In the winter it becomes wild and desolate, perfect……..


  3. Caroline September 3, 2011 / 07:13

    Oh that is a pathway I would love to take.


    • Mike Hardisty September 3, 2011 / 08:00

      Yes I am lucky…I use this path almost every day as it’s along the coast I walk my dogs twice a day.


  4. supersnails September 3, 2011 / 11:15

    You are very lucky to live so close to the sea. This is really beautiful!


    • Mike Hardisty September 3, 2011 / 23:33

      The last two places I lived in where by the sea. This one is even better because I have the sea and just inland one of the most beautiful mountain ranges in Wales. Fantastic scenery, great walks, what more could I ask for…


  5. pix & kardz September 3, 2011 / 17:26

    a wonderful view, and a pathway to take you there – thanks for sharing this great image & for all the background info.


    • Mike Hardisty September 3, 2011 / 23:34

      Thank You. I always try to give some background with all of the images I post to the blog.


  6. Robin September 3, 2011 / 22:41

    That really is a beautiful pic. One can almost feel the wind blowing through the grass.


    • Mike Hardisty September 3, 2011 / 23:35

      We do get a lot of wind, but that’s what makes it in my opinion


  7. 2e0mca September 4, 2011 / 09:54

    Very nice shot – thanks for including the information too 🙂


    • Mike Hardisty September 4, 2011 / 19:11

      As always I try to give some background information to any photos I post to my blog and thank you for your comment. It’s appreciated.


  8. yi-ching lin September 4, 2011 / 15:23

    very serene and enjoyed the zigzagging.


  9. Mike Hardisty September 4, 2011 / 19:12

    Quite a few of the board-walks are like this. They follow the natural contours of the sand dunes.


  10. Mizz September 5, 2011 / 17:10

    Beautiful view….a treat for my spicy eye…thank you


  11. Jim Marsh September 5, 2011 / 18:34

    This my kind of landscape Mike. An area I haven’t visited for a very long time. Tis image makes me want to come back. Excellent.


  12. Patti Kuche September 5, 2011 / 19:09

    Absolutely beautiful shot. Am sure this must be a wonderful place to be in the winter!


  13. hugmamma September 30, 2011 / 02:06

    My husband and I recently sailed the Queen Mary II from Southampton, to Cherbourg, to Cobh, to Liverpool, to wherever Stirling Castle is, and finally to Glasgow. Would we have passed the area pictured in your photo?

    We loved all the breathtaking scenery of your area of the world. You’ve got a rich palette from which to paint your gorgeous photos.

    a marriage made in heaven…your subject matter…and your talent… 😉


  14. Tor Peter December 14, 2011 / 12:59

    The wind farms spoil it for me. Otherwise, what a nice photo.


    • Mike Hardisty December 14, 2011 / 13:04

      Unfortunately it’s a way of life all around this coast. There’s plenty of wind and this is just one of many wind farms that are springing up…


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