Many of our stations across North Wales can act as a gateway to key walking routes. You can enjoy walks on the Wales Coast Path, one of the few footpaths in the world that follows a nations coastline, and Offa’s Dyke which runs from Prestatyn all the way to Sedbury Cliff’s near Chepstow. We’ve noted some key routes below;
Wales Coast Path gateway stations
The uniquely designed Flint Castle marks the start of this walk. To reach Flint Castle from the station walk 0.1 miles / 0.2 kilometres down the aptly named ‘Castle Street’. From here you can enjoy the very flat path that runs along the banks of the Dee estuary, which is a protected site due to its importance for birds and other wildlife.
Walk straight ahead out of the railway station for 0.3 miles / 0.5 kilometres down Elwy Street, then Bodfor Street, then Queen Street to reach Rhyl promenade and the Wales Coast Path. On reaching the sea at Rhyl, a seemingly endless stretch of golden sand will now be your companion, whether you turn right toward Prestatyn or left toward Colwyn Bay.
Described by many as one of the finest on the Wales Coast, the walk from Holyhead towards Trearddur has a country park, rugged cliffs, ancient monuments, an iconic lighthouse and a nature reserve as some of its highlights. And it couldn’t be simpler to enjoy this route by train. Head our of Holyhead railway way station, towards to the town, and join on the Celtic Gateway bridge to join the Wales Coast Path.
For additional Wales Coast path itineraries and route maps visit Wales Coast Path / From Rail to Trail
Offa’s Dyke gateway stations
Once arrived at Prestatyn station, make your way to the beach which is located around 0.5 miles away. For those looking for a short walk, from here you can enjoy a 5km walk to Bryniau. Those looking for a longer walk, from the beach aim for the hillside above the town to join the path to Chepstow.
Ruabon and Chirk
For a one-day outing on Offa’s Dyke arrive at either Ruabon or Chirk station to enjoy the 13km walk between both stations. Along the route enjoy views of the dyke such as Chirk castle, and the World Heritage site of Pontycysyllte aqueduct.
For additional information on your visit to Offa’s Dyke, visit Offa's Dyke Path - National Trails