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Bodnant Garden is an easy day trip from Llandudno or Conwy, after which it was a coincidental trip to surprise new I'm A Celebrity location, Gwrych Castle. Also on this page I've weaved in some of my original photos from many trips home to Prestatyn - July 2020.


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wales3399A short drive south of Llandudno and Conwy is Bodnant Garden


wales3400It's a 60 acre site of formal gardens created in the 19th century - Bodnant Garden




wales3409The Pin Mill stands at the end of a lily pond - Bodnant Garden


















wales3411The surrounding countryside and hills look superb - Bodnant Garden



















wales3413The garden is set around Bodnant Hall, also called Bodnant House - Bodnant Garden


wales3425Beyond the terraced gardens near Bodnant Hall is a wilder, more open section - Bodnant Garden




wales3432I'm clueless when it comes to flowers but I think these are blue hydrangeas on the right - Bodnant Garden

















wales3433A 10min walk from the National Trust property are great views of the River Conwy - Bodnant Garden


















wales3685I'd long seen Gwrych Castle from the coast road and had wanted to visit for some years - Abergele


wales3677The castle was built in the 19th century as a country house rather than for defensive purposes - Abergele




wales3679What were the chances of it being selected for I'm A Celebrity?!!! Didn't even cross my mind.. - Abergele


















wales3675As it was the era of coronavirus the interior areas were closed, but I got this photo from the top of the stairs of The House, the main building containing the entrance hall, library, drawing room and dining room - Abergele





















wales3673Restoration works have been going on for years, and many locals didn't know it was open to the public. ITV (producers of I'm A Celebrity) ploughed in some cash, and boy oh boy it's going to be popular in 2021 - Abergele


wales3664Gwrych Castle (Hedged Castle in English) has relied heavily on donations and volunteers to rebuild the site, so I'm A Celebrity has made huge strides to accelerate this. Congratulations! Abergele




wales3694A bit of a long walk from the castle is Pensarn beach, from where you can see Llandudno's Little (& Great?) Orme, out of picture - Abergele


















wales3699There's not much to recommend Rhyl, a beach resort further east along the coast. Lots of regeneration money has been spent but the town and seafront still look run down and in need of a boost


wales3704Having said that, the beach is very wide, though not particularly soft and inviting - Rhyl




wales3714But this place is cool, Pro Kitesurfing, which offers kitesurfing and wakeboarding lessons and has a small outdoor bar-cafe - Rhyl


















wales3715 Can't escape the Ormes, Little or Great! Rhyl



















wales69bOf course I have to include my home town of Prestatyn, a little further east again on the north Wales coast


wales80The North Hoyle Offshore Wind Farm is situated 7.5km off the coast. It consists of 30 turbines providing electricity for 40,000 homes, and may well have expanded since - Prestatyn




wales103A close up of the North Hoyle Offshore Wind Farm from Prestatyn



















wales296Prestatyn beach runs the whole way along the town's coast, from Talacre to Rhyl - Prestatyn



















wales3745Prestatyn is probably best known as the start or finish of the Offa's Dyke Path - signified by the Dechrau a Diwedd sculpture - which largely follows the England/Wales border for 285km from Prestatyn to Chepstow in the south


wales3742As a kid we called this disused 18th century lead mine Fish Cave, found off the Bishopswood trail - Prestatyn




wales3737The coronavirus lockdown inspired this COVID-19 snake, which stretches along the Prestatyn-Dyserth Way. People are invited to add their messages painted on stones - Prestatyn

















wales297The disused Prestatyn to Dyserth train line is now a popular walking trail. On the left you can just make out a distant Prestatyn plus the wind farm - Meliden


wales3725Take a trail leading off the Prestatyn-Dyserth Way that rises up to Craig Fawr, a viewpoint with great views of the surrounding coast - Meliden




wales3726It doesn't feel like north Wales if you can't see the Little or Great Orme, here with Rhyl in the foreground - Meliden



















wales3729There's great views of the coast, offshore wind farm and Prestatyn - Meliden



















wales3735The top of Craig Fawr is only a 15min walk from the railway path below - Meliden




wales73Cute little Dyserth waterfall, a 10min walk from the end of the Prestatyn-Dyserth Way path - Dyserth






















wales6513th century Rhuddlan Castle, another built by King Edward I, stands above the River Clwyd - Rhuddlan




wales3748Shortly after Prestatyn is Talacre

















wales3746The beach resort is known for its caravan parks - Talacre



















wales3749The 18th century Point of Ayr lighthouse - Talacre


wales3754Birdwatchers might want a visit to the Dee Estuary - Point of Ayr reserve, which is accessed via boardwalks parallel to the water and marshland - Talacre




wales StAsaph14th century St Asaph Cathedral in St Asaph, the second smallest city in Britain and known as Llanelwy in Welsh

















wales302The 19th century Marble Church, or St Margaret's Church, has a cemetery of WWI graves, many of them Canadian soldiers who died in a flu epidemic in 1919, after the war ended - St Asaph


















wales TremeirchionSome lovely Welsh countryside near Tremerchion




wales313The market town of Ruthin has several historic buildings, this being Nantclwyd y Dre, a 14th century timber townhouse which is now a museum















wales314The entrance to Ruthin Castle, a medieval castle built by Edward I in the 13th century - Ruthin


















wales316In the grounds of the castle is a fantastic Welsh dragon painted on Welsh slate - Ruthin


wales324The castle is now a luxury hotel - Ruthin




wales120The Greenfield Valley Heritage Park is dedicated to the area's industrial past. This photo is of the 19th century Cotton Mills - Greenfield


















wales3758The Arc sculpture honours the coal and steel workers - Wrexham


wales3759This 2018 mural depicts silhouettes of WWI soldiers and commemorates 100 years since the end of World War I - Wrexham




wales3761A shopping arcade in the town centre - Wrexham
















wales3764 The towering 15th century St Giles' Church - Wrexham
















wales3766That might be Elvis outside the Rock Suite Cafe - Wrexham


wales3768A message for the wealthy: Eat The Rich - Wrexham





wales3774The National Trust property of Erddig is only 3.5km south of Wrexham



















wales3775Erddig Hall is set within a huge 1,900 acres of estate grounds - Wrexham


















wales3776Only the grounds were open post coronavirus lockdown, hopefully this changes in 2021 - Wrexham


wales3777A perfectly manicured tree-lined path within the grounds of Erddig - Wrexham



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