location Prestatyn, Denbighshire, North Wales Coast

Walking Trails in Prestatyn

Near The Beaches Hotel in North Wales

The Prestatyn area has an abundance of wonderful walks for you to enjoy during your stay with us at The Beaches Hotel. Ranging from gentle walks along the beach with your dog to experienced hiking that has been expertly planned. Enjoy stunning views of the North Wales coastline and immerse yourself into the beautiful nature within Prestatyn. All trails are accessible at a short walk or drive from The Beaches Hotel.

Visit Local Walking Trails

The Beaches Hotel is located right on the doorstep of the most beautiful walking trails in Prestatyn. The Gronant Dunes is just a couple of minutes’ walk from us and offers stunning viewing platforms that give an ideal space for viewing the sea and beach below. As Gronant is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) these platforms are perfect for nature lovers to gather and marvel at the rare natural wildlife. Also, Gronant Dunes Beach has fine sand, which is a hundred percent dog friendly, bring your dogs along on the adventure any time of the year as they are free to enjoy the entire beach.

Located along the River Clwyd Estuary and a short 15-minute drive from The Beaches Hotel is Marine Lake; a man made reservoir that dates to 1895 and boasts today as a gorgeous walk trail suitable for all ages, including dogs. There are two outdoor play areas for the kids and for those feeling adventurous water-skiing and wakeboarding are available through the Ocean Beach Water Ski Club. For our guests that prefer a more intense hike, Offa’s Dyke Path is a 177-mile (285km) path that spans a 14-day hike. Although this trail is popular amongst more serious walkers, those new to walking can enjoy Offa’s Dyke Path too. The ‘Bodfari – Prestatyn’ section provides marvellous views of North Wales coastline and can be completed within the day. Whether you are an experienced or casual hiker we recommend being prepared by taking a guidebook, wearing appropriate attire, and informing someone of your walking trails.

A beautiful beach that boasts miles of golden sands is Talacre Beach, just a 10-minute drive from The Beaches Hotel. The perfect place to spend the day with the family, either enjoying a self-prepared picnic or grabbing some sumptuous fish and chips from a nearby chip shop. For dog lovers Talacre Beach is the ideal trail, with miles of stunning land to roam you and your dogs will be ready for a blissful night’s sleep. Our list of top five dog walks in Prestatyn ensures you and your furry friends have an unforgettable time in North Wales.

Why Stay With Us in Prestatyn

Join us at the gorgeous Beaches Hotel where there are a plethora of local walking trails to enjoy. After an eventful day exploring all that Prestatyn has to offer, stay with us at The Beaches Hotel where you can experience gourmet cuisine, top notch service and luxurious guest rooms located by the serene sea. The beautiful sounds of the sea ensure you have a restful sleep during your stay.

We have compiled a list of recommended local walking trails to explore in Prestatyn and North Wales below.

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The Beaches Hotel is the Perfect Base

Gronant Dunes

The Gronant Sand Dunes, a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), stretch from Prestatyn to Talacre Beach and the iconic Point of Ayr lighthouse. This magnificent feature on the North Wales Coast can be accessed within just a couple of minutes walk from The Beaches Hotel, along Barkby Beach. 

Follow the Barkby Beach to the right as you leave the Beaches Hotel from the Promenade Bar and you'll see wooden signposts leading you into the dunes. There is a beautiful decked path that stretches into the dunes and gives a wonderful elevated view of the sea and the beach below. The viewing platforms are perfect for nature lovers and visitors to enjoy the wildlifeA preservation area and nature reserve, the Gronant Dunes support rare plants such as sea holly, marram grass and rare dune fescue and animals which include the brown hare, skylark, mining bee and sandhill rustic moth. Look out for the Natterjack Toad has been reintroduced along with Sand lizards. Between 2003 to 2006 young sand lizards, which are a larger breed, were reintroduced back at Gronant dunes after their disappearance.

Winter is an ideal time to visit Gronant dunes where bird watchers will enjoy spotting wading birds and waterfowl. Walkers and dog walkers will enjoy the stretch, the views and the variety of walking from Barkby to Talacre. 

Gronant Dunes
LL19 9SS

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Marine Lake

This man-made lake which is fed by water from the sea dates back to 1895 when it was originally used as fair attraction to attract the many visitors who flocked to Rhyl with it boasting a boating lake and even a log flume. The fairground eventually moved to the famous Ocean Beach however, the lake is still a very prominent feature of Rhyl today.

There are some fascinating facts dotted around which you will find on your walk with information about the lake and the wildlife which lives in and around it.

The miniature railway, which is still in use today and is a wonderful ride for the little ones and grown ups alike, came to being in 1911. This is ran by a charitable organisation who run various activities on the train throughout the year.

Water sports including water skiing and wake boarding also take place for those permitted to do so.

This really is a stunning walk for everyone and is dog friendly. There is also a free park on site for the youngsters to enjoy.

Marine Lake is a 15 minute drive from The Beaches Hotel and there is adequate parking there. It is also right next the new Marina Cei shopping park.

Marine Lake
Wellington Road
LL18 1AQ

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Offas Dyke Path

The end or the start of the Offa's Dyke path, the 177 mile (285km) national trail mostly straddling the border of Wales and England is found in Prestatyn, only a short walk from the Beaches Hotel. Experienced ramblers can start their 14-day walk at either end though it's popular to start the 'sea to sea' journey at the Servern Estuary at Sedbury. 

The path is named after King Offa. He's credited with commissioning the Dyke, which comprises of a built-up ditch and ramparts to separate his kingdom of Mercia from the rival kingdoms found in modern day Wales. There may well have been Roman efforts that pre-date these earthworks but the name has stuck since the 8th Century.  

The trail has ‘way marks’ but we'd recommend getting a good guidebook. This established trail was opened in 1971 and has become a firm British favourite walking trail especially between April and October.

For those new to walking, and only wishing to take on a day's ramble research the 'Bodfari- Prestatyn' section. This part of the path is where you can enjoy a series of stone stiles to the north of Marian Cwm which are unique to this section of the trail. On this stretch, appreciate marvellous views of Snowdonia and the North Wales coastline.

We always recommend letting someone know your walking trail plans before you set off, taking that map or guide, wearing appropriate footwear and packing waterproofs. 

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Talacre Beach

Boasting miles of golden sands, Talacre Beach sits just across from the River Dee with views stretching over to the Wirral. The most prominent feature at Talacre is most definitely the Point of Ayr Lighthouse. Dating back to 1776, the lighthouse was decommissioned in 1884 but remains an impressive presence which towers 18 meters above the sand.

Talacre is also home to numerous species of wildlife and also the rare Natterjack Toads within the Gronant Dunes

There are numerous shops and eateries around the beach and just a 10 minute drive from The Beaches Hotel. You could spend the whole day there with the family, grab that bucket and spade and get digging! You could get some fish and chips from one of the chip shops or why not take your own picnic.

There is ample parking available (chargeable - rates vary) and there are some stunning walks in and around Talacre - perfect for dog walking. For keen walkers, Talacre village and beach can also be accessed via Gronant Dunes and takes roughly one hour.  

Talacre Beach Car Park
Station Road

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Y Shed, Meliden

This historical building has stood proudly over the village of Meliden for over 100 years, once serving the railway line which ran behind it. Y Shed is now a Shop, Cafe and an interactive history exhibition. It's also home to other businesses such as the Craft Hub with a selection of beautiful crafts that would make ideal gifts and souvenirs from your trip to Prestatyn from jewellery and quilts to knitwear and stationary. Artist Susie Liddle and Bella Bay Wellbeing have businesses here. Not forgetting Dave's ice-cream parlour - perfect for young and old alike.

Also based at Y Shed is Bowwow's Dog Grooming so why not book in and give your pooch a pamper.

The former railway line is now a walkway that connects Prestatyn with Dyserth and the Y Shed makes an ideal rest stop on the way. 

Y Shed is dog friendly and is just a 10 minute minute drive from The Beaches Hotel.

Y Shed
Pen Y Maes
LL19 8PY 

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Walks with your dog in and around Prestatyn

If you are travelling with your (furry) best friend to The Beaches Chalets then here's 5 of the best walks in and around Prestatyn.

1) Prestatyn to Rhyl Promenade 
Take in the breath-taking views of the stunning North Wales Coast on this beautiful walk along the Promenade, just outside The Beaches Hotel. The length of the walk depends on you, with approximately 5 miles to reach Rhyl. However, for the more adventurous, you can walk all the way to the newly structured Pont y Draig Harbour Bridge which is beautifully lit up in the evening.

2) Marine Lake, Rhyl 
Watch the miniature steam train doing its rounds while at the Marine Lake in Rhyl. The walk itself around the lake is approximately a mile. Why not see how many laps you can do! The lake is a 10-minute drive from The Beaches Hotel however, for those without transport can always hop on the bus with their pooches (same goes for the other walks where there is a drive too).

Marine Lake Rhyl with boats and blue skies 3) Talacre Beach 
The beautiful Talacre Beach is a 10-minute drive from the Beaches Hotel. Standing proud on the sandy beach is the Point of Ayr Lighthouse which dates back to 1776. This truly is a must visit when in the area.

Talacre Beach Point of Ayr lighthouse Walking Near Prestatyn‚Äč‚ÄčImage Crown Copyright 2020

4) Native Woodland and Farmland, Ffynnongroyw
For all you adventurous walkers, this walk is one for you. Owned by the Woodland Trust, the walk will take around 2 hours for the short walk or 3 hours for the long one. You will be guided through leafy forests with winding streams and farmyard animals. There is also free parking nearby. The start of this walk is around a 15 minute drive from The Beaches Hotel.

5) Rhuddlan to Rhyl River Walk
You will start this walk at the bridge adjacent to the historical Rhuddlan Castle which was built by King Edward I in 1277. The walk is well signposted and extremely picturesque. If you are feeling energetic enough, it will take you to Marine Lake which is mentioned above.

Rhuddlan Castle Clwyd River Walks in Wales Image Crown CopyrightImage Crown Copyright 2020

Dog Water Bowls at the Beaches Hotel Prestatyn



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