May 3rd: Rhyl to Ffynnongroyw – about 11 miles – DAY OF MEETING PEOPLE AND VISITING A HOLY WELL
Stood outside Rhyl information center at 7:45am [not open until 9:30am], and were invited in by manager, Toni, who shared a lot of local history with us. He also put us onto Rhyl’s Info Center Facebook Page!! Thanks Toni! Walked along and on sandy beaches for about 8 miles past Prestatyn [Ffrith Beach], along the Barkby Beach Dunes and the ‘Warren’. Quite a few people holidaying and enjoying the wide-open spaces. On the beach we met and stopped to chat with Stan and his ‘Angels’, a group of walkers from the area. Later on, on the final path leading to Ffynnongroyw, we met Bryn Thomas, who teaches Geography in Bangor University. Once again, a small world, Bryn knows our friend, Edward Morus Jones from Anglesey, and Jerry Hunter, who we met in Toronto last year at the North American Festival of Wales. We ended up in the Farmers Arms in Ffynnongroyw and met Oscar who drives us to and from our walk points. He was sipping on….a cup of coffee! Here we met another Canadian-Welshman, Arthur, who had spent 15 years working in Fort McMurray. After quenching our thirst and enjoying the local humour, we set out for a visit to St. Winifrede’s Well in Holywell/Treffynnon.