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Moel Eithinen
Moel Eithinen, Clwydian Range, Wales                                                                                    © Watercolour by Ole Jacobi, July 1997

Ruthin to Rhyl
Sunday 13 July 1997

Today we didn't get on the road till 10,30. Weather a bit cloudy, but the sun coming through in between. We chose our route according to the direction of the wind - in a northerly direction. First to Ruthin, a nice old market town with some marvellous 15th Century houses, both now banks! That's how it goes. Something was in progress there, a lot of dressed-up couples, the ladies in hats, led by the mayor with his golden chain of office. They all congregated outside the church, so I think it must have been a wedding. We left before it had materialised, and coming out of the town, we saw a sign with a bicycle path to Denbig which we followed, of course, as the direction was about right. We had decided to go for the north coast around Rhyl. Thanks to the 1:50.000 map, we managed to stay on very small roads all day through the Clwyd valley which afforded wonderful views and quite a bit of up-and-down. As we approached the coast at Rhyl, we had to take a larger road with a lot of traffic. The approach to Rhyl was rather depressing, miles of similar small houses, many of which were for sale, interspersed with giant supermarkets and car sales-rooms. Finally arrived in Rhyl itself, we went through mean little side streets, all converging on the Promenade which turned out to be one giant amusement park with the beach beyond, large, silent and deserted. Through the Tourist Office which was housed in a Fairy Tale house, we found accomodation in a small guest-house. Not an interesting place, but OK. (£18 p.p.).