April 29th: Chester [Wales-England border] to Flint…about 11 miles. SHOCKED TO DISCOVER THAT WALES HAD A 4+ MILE STRETCH, STRAIGHT AND LEVEL!
After a start in rather misty, cool weather, the day warmed up to be sunny. We were lucky to see the River Dee bore surging against the river flow. After crossing the bridge over the River Dee into Queensferry the path was closed because of winter damage, so we had to take a diversion through Queensferry and Connah’s Quay. We took a break at Matthews’ restaurant in Queensferry – had a great breakfast and coffee at the best price we’ve seen in Wales yet! The highlight of this walk had to be the intense colours we saw in the leafing trees and garden plants – the lilacs were blooming…spring is well-established in this area. Our walk today ended at the 13th century Flint Castle, one of many built under the orders of Edward 1 to [try to] conquer Wales…Apparently the stonework in the walls is impressive – over 27 feet thick at the base, narrowing to 16 feet above.