The Point of Ayr Beach is found at Talacre, a sand dune point that overlooks the mouth of the gorgeous Dee Estuary. The beach is a big one, offering up plenty of space for a nice walk along the sea or a quick game of beach football, and its relative solitude makes it a lovely destination for a family looking to get away from the pressures of life for a little while.
It is also a pretty great spot for bird watching, with a lot of different species nesting around the estuary, and is a designated SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) as it is one of the last remaining homes of the endangered natterjack toad.
The Point of Ayr Lighthouse is also a big attraction on the beach. Originally built in 1776, it was designed to help guide ships away from the nearby sandbanks and direct them to the port of Liverpool. In about 1818, the original lighthouse was destroyed by the sea (part of what makes it so unusual and worth seeing is its location right on the beach); it was then rebuilt in 1820 by Trinity House.
As well as many reports that the lighthouse is haunted, it has been featured in an array of television programmes and adverts. It is most well known as the lighthouse in the Dulux paint adverts.
Dogs are allowed on the beach throughout the year, and there is both a café and public toilets nearby. Take a picnic and some beach towels with you, and relax on the beach while you wait for the sun to come down – the sunset views are well worth sticking around for. If you can arrive a bit before high tide, you may be able to see a huge roost of waders come along to feed in the waters of the estuary.
Point of Ayr beach is close to Prestatyn in the seaside village of Talacre. There is parking available as you drive up to the beach - so sit, walk or picnic until your heart's content!
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