I’ve posted about Heswall Dales before. It’s a great place to walk in all weathers as you are rewarded with great skyscapes as well as views across to Wales or out to Liverpool Bay.
The Dales arean area of 73 acres of heathland and they are designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest as well as a Local Nature Reserve. The site is red sandstone and the heathland area comprises in the main of heather, gorse and birch trees.
As well as offering views of the Dee Estuary and the Clwydian Hills of North Wales you can get a clear view over to the Point of Ayr, the northernmost point of mainland Wales right at the head of the mouth of the Dee estuary. The Point of Ayr lighthouse stands on Talacre beach at this point. At one time it had two lights; the main beam shone out to sea towards Llandudno and a second beam shone up the River Dee towards Dawpool, just below the Heswall Dales. It was replaced by a light vessel in 1883 at which point it was retired as a working lighthouse.
For many years a colliery operated at Point of Ayr which was the northernmost point of the Flintshire Coalfield. It was one of the last remaining operational deep mines in Wales extending out northwards under the Irish Sea. However the Point of Ayr colliery closed in August 1996.
Now energy generation of a different kind can be seen in the distance behind the Point of Ayr headland with the Gwynt y Môr Offshore Wind Farm in Liverpool Bay off the North Wales coast. It is currently the largest windfarm in construction anywhere in Europe. Gwynt y Môr will consist of 160 turbines when complete.