A pretty walk above Prestatyn and the chance of finding a few Carboniferous Limestone fossils. On a sunny day this location is idyllic, even if the finds can be few and far between.
♦ Parking can be found at the northern end of Prestatyn Hillside, as shown on an Ordnance Survey map.
♦ From the car park walk back out onto the road and walk a few metres uphill, you will then see a sign which demarks the start of the walk.
♦ Walk the length of the escarpment and examine any limestone blocks that you see along the way. At the end of the escarpment it is worth carrying on to Graig Fawr for the panoramic views that the top of this hill offers.
♦ If tired, walk back by the path at the base of the escarpment.
♦ Ref: 53.30693°N, 4.06719°W
FIND FREQUENCY: ♦♦ – By investigating the odd limestone block at the side of the path you are bound to come across a few fossils, but finds are generally low.
CHILDREN: ♦♦ – The circular walk described here is approximately 3 miles long, over undulating terrain. In places the path is not fenced and there are steep drops to the side. Children should be supervised.
ACCESS: ♦♦♦♦♦ – The walk is well maintained but its length and hilly nature may put some people off.
TYPE: – Fossils can be found in blocks of limestone that can be found next to the path in places.
Occasional crinoid, brachiopod and coral fossils can be found in blocks along this walk. However, do not expect to come home with a large haul of fossils. Specimens should not be collected unless small and you should not hammer at larger blocks. The views on this walk are stunning and make up for the low abundance of fossils.
The Carboniferous Limestone Series at Prestatyn is of Visean age. It is part of the Clwyd Limestone Group, This is around 330 million years old. This is a diverse range of limestone facies with subordinate sandstone and mudstone units, and exhibiting local dolomitisation. Records the initiation and growth of a carbonate platform along the northern flank of the Wales-Brabant Massif.
A drink should be taken as the walk takes a couple of hours to complete. In places there are unguarded steep slopes next to the path.
A map, bags and newspaper may be needed here. You should also take a drink and a mobile phone if possible.
Free access – the walk is along a well maintained and advertised path.