Fun on the beach in North Wales
This summer we spent our holiday on the North Wales coast. We usually head south when it comes to a beach holiday, enjoying the gorgeous beaches of Cornwall and spending time with family while we are at it. This summer we fancied a change and headed north to Talacre in Flintshire. We spent the week in a caravan, a few minutes walk from Talacre beach. It was very different to our usual beach experience. We first had to walk over sand dunes to get to the main beach, and arriving at 9am, we only had to share the beach with a photographer and a guy walking up and down the beach with a metal detector.
The first thing you notice when you get to the beach is the lighthouse. This is the Point of Ayr Lighthouse which is a grade II listed building. It was built in 1776, but fell into disuse and was decommissioned in 1884.
The main problem I had on this holiday was that my broken ankle meant that my leg was still in a cast. Thankfully I could walk, but trying to get over sand and not wanting to get the cast wet meant that I spent most of the time sat down. I couldn’t explore or join in with the fun and games, but I was able to enjoy the sun and watch Rich and the girls having fun.
Our early start meant that we had so much of the beach to ourselves. There was so much sand. The girls were quickly off to dig holes, build sandcastles and explore. Rich had to help with the sandcastle construction, but even as the beach got busier, there was so much space that the girls had the freedom to play with us able to watch them from afar.
I’m not used to being on beaches with sand dunes. The biology teacher in me was desperate to explore them, and explain to the girls about how marram grass is able to live on these arid dunes. I couldn’t get very far into them, and the girls just wanted to run between the clumps of grass rather than have a lesson about them.
As much as the girls loved Talacre beach and would happily have spent the whole holiday playing on it, there is a whole coast of wonderful beaches in North Wales to explore. Just down the road is Prestatyn. Unlike the beach at Talacre, the main promenade is right next to the sandy beach and there was a lovely play area on the other side. We spent a lovely evening sat on the seafront eating fish and chips whilst watching the last few people on the beach, and then letting the girls completely tire themselves out on the play area.
We spent one day further west at Llandudno. I am not sure if I have ever been here before, but I absolutely loved it. The girls were straight onto the beach, making the most of the sand before the tide came in.
What I really loved about Llandudno was the wide promenade, with the elegant Victorian hotels on one side and the beach on the other. The girls loved running down the promenade, pretending to be aeroplanes and chasing away the seagulls (much to the amusement of onlookers and passers-by). We walked all the way down the promenade to the pier, passing by a traditional Punch and Judy at the entrance. It was the quintessential British seaside resort, and although we didn’t have much time to spend here, it made me want to come back again – when my leg isn’t in a cast!
The final beach we spent time on during our holiday was at West Kirby, when we went to visit the lovely Karen of Mini Travellers and her family. My two and her three had lots of fun together digging in the sand and climbing on rocks together. Again, it was lovely to be able to watch from further afar than usual, not only seeing them entertaining themselves, but also playing with their friends.
I am not sure if it is because we live so far from the beach, but the time we spend on the beach does seem so special. The girls just can get enough of them, and the memories that they have made on these beaches during this holiday will, no doubt, always stay with them.