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Bettisfield Coastal Walk, Bagillt

Bettisfield Coastal Walk
This hidden gem is a beautiful part of Flintshire. For some reason it is not signposted anywhere; to find it, follow the signs for Bagillt Car Spares. There are 2 or 3 well signposted walks: a tarmac walk between the coast and some woods and ponds or head over the coast towards the Dragon Beacon for an exquisite view. This area is great for wildlife. Parking is free, great for picnics and well worth a look. Keep it for a clear day to get the best views.

address: Opposite the 1st Bagillt turning on the A548 from Holywell, head toward Bagillt Car Spares

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St. Margaretís Church, Bodelwyddan

St. Margaretís Church
Otherwise known as the marble church, St. Margaretís Church dates back to July 24th 1856, when the first foundation stone was laid by Lady Margaret Willoughby de Broke, in memory of her husband, 16th Baron Willoughby de Broke. When built it was referred to as The Pearl of the Vale, and stepping inside you can see why, as fourteen different types of marble were used in its construction. Of note is its elaborate woodwork, and in the 202 foot tower, you can view two striking stained glass windows. Newly built the church was bright white.

address: The Village, Bodelwyddan LL18 5UR

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Church of St. Stephen, Bodfari

Church of St. Stephen
About three miles to the North East of Denbigh, in the settlement of Bodfari is the striking Grade II listed Church of St. Stephen. Although the main body of the church was extensively rebuilt in 1865, it has a large medieval tower, thought to date back to the 7th century. This peaceful Church consists of an attractive West tower, nave, chancel and south isle with a south porch, and a vestry at the eastern end of the isle. All of which can be visited by booking a prearranged visit.

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tel: 01745 710516

address: St Stephen Bodfari DENBIGH LL16 4DA

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The Woodland Skills Centre, Bodfari

The Woodland Skills Centre
Come to an area of outstanding natural beauty. The site comprises 50 acres of mixed woodland, craft workshops, and a small caravan and camp-site. Come to learn or come to relax, both are effortless and fun here with areas to walk and workshops running that include woodland, coppice and green wood crafts. Recent events include a Rush Basket course, MacMillan Cancer Support Walks, and seed collections, with a view to re-establish their tree nursery. An enjoyable, charitable, and environmentally-focused business. A truly exceptional combination

tel: 01745 710626

address: The Caravan the Warren, Mold Rd, Denbigh LL16 4DT

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Broughton Shopping Park, Broughton

Broughton Shopping Park
Broughton Shopping Park is a modern out of town shopping centre.

The last time we visited the shops included:

Accessorize, Asda Living, BHS HOME, Birthdays, Boots, Brantano, Burton, Carphone Warehouse, Claire's, Clarks, Costa, Dorothy Perkins, Evans, HomeSense, Lipsy, McDonalds, Mill House Inn, Monsoon, Next, New Look, O2, Pavers Shoes, Poundworld, River Island, SportsDirect.com, Tesco, Thomas Cook, Topman, Topshop, Wallis and WHSmith.

For more details, have a look at their website.

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tel: 01244 534 354

address: Broughton Shopping Park, Chester Road, Broughton, Flintshire, CH4 0DE

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Brynford Swing Park, Brynford

Brynford Swing Park
The swing park is in really good condition. It contains a tyre swing, a modern day take on a seesaw, swings for older and smaller ones for younger children, a climbing frame with slide, a climbing frame and a tight rope obstacle course. There are benches to sit down on and plenty of green grass to have a nice picnic. The park is enclosed, therefore dogs are kept out. Dogs can easily be tied up to the fence outside the park. Parking is available.

address: at the Brynford cross roads, instead of turning left to the golf course, turn right. Its 200 yards on your right

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Waen y Brodlas Lime kilns, Brynford

Waen y Brodlas Lime kilns
It is a fascinating place to visit for those that are interested in history. The limekilns once produced large amounts of hydraulic lime (aberdo limestone) used for building the docks at Liverpool, Birkenhead and Belfast, and the bridges at Menai and Runcorn. The main aberdo quarry was at Pant-y-pydew, where this impressive block of five kilns remains. The peak production of lime was between 1860 and 1880, with business declining in the 1890ís, finally closing in 1914. The kilns which fell into disrepair have since been restored.

address: Brynford

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Etna Park, Buckley

Etna Park
A former clayhole and landfill site now a country park which is an ideal destination for a family walk.

There is a free car park on globe way just off Liverpool Road.

The tarmac pathways make it ideal for buggies and scooters. If you are feeling more energetic you can join the 3 mile Buckley Heritage Trail here.

address: Globe way, Off Liverpool Road, Buckley

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Buckley Heritage Trail, Buckley

Buckley Heritage Trail
There are various entry points for this great family friendly walk. It will take you about 2 hours to complete and will lead you accross a variety of terrain including fields, parks and woodlands. Etna Park is a good place to start as there is a free car park. Copies of the Town Heritage Trail leaflet can be picked up free of charge in Buckley Library. There are a number of information boards and waymarkers to guide you along the walk.

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address: Various entry points around Buckley - see downloadable leaflet on council website

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Buckley Library, Museum and Gallery, Buckley

Buckley Library, Museum and Gallery
Located in the centre of Buckley inside the shopping precint, Buckley library is a decent size and offers many services. As well as having a good stock of books to loan, there are also CD's, DVD's and audio books. There are free computers to use with internet access.The childrens section has a lovely seating area for you to enjoy browsing the books with your children. The first floor hosts the museum and gallery which has lots of exhibits that explore the history of the town. Free parking is available off precint way.

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tel: 01244 549210

address: The Precint, Buckley, Flintshire CH7 2EF

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