April 30th: Flint castle to Ffynnongroyw – 11 miles SOMETIMES A DIVERSION CAN LEAD TO GREATER THINGS!
Today was an interesting walk that once again was, in a sense, an enjoyable history lesson. The area was once heavily industrialized with coal-mining, lead-smelting and shipbuilding, ships being the main means of transportation. Today there is a Toyota plant that manufactures engines, a TATA steelworks, the Shotton Paper, and Airbus, making the wings for the A330 and the A380 at Broughton. Perhaps the most enjoyable part of the day was meeting people, all because of several repair works along this part of the coastal path area resulting in diversions. First meeting Alan, who having seen us on the path earlier, took time later to drive and find us and redirect us because of a major diversion. Secondly, meeting Sally and Alex at the Munch Lunch? box who served us some coffee and scones with cream and strawberry jam – delicious and [being an ex-Cardi] at an excellent price. Thirdly, whilst enjoying the coffee, meeting Gareth Davies, from a musical family, who rather overwhelmed us with information on the area. His great-grandfather, Edward Davies was a poet and bard, and his maternal grandfather, John Daniel Roberts, had emigrated to the US. He had worked in Scranton, Penn, a town we visited in 2012 to attend the North American Festival of Wales. A change in the path that you had intended to follow can lead to opportunity….