This weekend has seen the ever popular annual Prestatyn and Clwydian Range Walking Festival which is now in its 12th year. There were 26 walks in all, one of which was “Harbours and the History of Rhyl”. Rhyl History Club member Bob Gurney was the walk leader for the group of 51 people, and what an informative and enjoyable walk it turned out to be.
Bob led the walk around the harbour, explaining about its history. Judith Samuels, author of “The City of Ottawa: the story of a Sailing Ship”, also told us about the wreck which can still be seen in the mud at low tide. We then then crossed the Foryd Bridge to the Marine Lake – where people were enjoying rides on the Rhyl Miniature Railway and visiting their museum. The remains of the perimeter walls of the ill fated Winter Gardens were pointed out on our way back to the promenade, where Bob talked about the Hovercraft, Resurgam, Ruth Ellis and more. We returned to the harbour hub via the new walking and cycling bridge “Pont y Ddraig“. Many thanks to Bob Gurney and the organisers of the Prestatyn and Clwydian Range Walking Festival