May 2: Penrhyn Bay to Rhyl [about 12 miles] ACCOMPANIED BY ELERI FROM MACMILLAN CANCER SUPPORT TO COLWYN BAY
It was great to be met by Eleri Brady who works for Macmillan Cancer Support – North Wales. She shared some of the local history with us. We were amazed to learn that Colwyn Bay is pumping in sand from the Bay to replenish the sand-starved beaches – what a huge undertaking! As we walked towards Llandulas, Pensarn Sands and Abergele, we were made very much aware of the efforts being taken to maintain and create sea-defenses. One thing we’ve learned about Welsh coastal areas are their susceptibility to flooding and the need for excellent sea defenses. [thoughts of Cantre’r Gwaelod]. Out to sea, between Abergele and Rhyl, we could see a wind farm. Apparently it’s about 6 km out to sea. There are 25 wind turbines which will provide enough clean, green electricity to satisfy the needs of approximately 61,000 homes every year. [source:www.RWE.com]. I was reminded by Dick, a friend from S. Carolina, to check out Abergele, the point from which Madog ab Owain Gwynedd sailed and discovered America in 1170. We looked along the sea-front for a monument memorializing Madoc’s accomplishment but, with great disappointment, could not find one. The waitress in the café, where we stopped to think about Madoc, replied to our question about the Welsh prince with a ‘Who???’ Entered Rhyl across the wonderful new Pont-y Ddraig bridge.