Wales Journals

The North Wales Borderlands

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A September 2000 trip to Wales by thedrifter

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Quote: As a destination in itself, or as a side trip from the English Midlands, the North Wales Borderlands have much to offer any traveler. Picturesque villages, ancient castles, outdoor adventures, and more await you in this enticing, easily accessible region.

The North Wales Borderlands

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Overview

Lone Sheep Photo, Wales, United Kingdom
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North Wales provides engaging geographical contrasts, from rolling hills and pastoral countryside, sandy beaches and beautiful mountain scenery. The land itself is possibly the most noteworthy highlight of any trip to the North Wales Borderlands, but there are plenty of activities to engage in as well. For those with a mind toward history, there are several notable castles that are well worth exploring. This region figured prominently in the wars of Edward I to subdue Wales and bring the principality under English control. Aside from the more obvious castle sights, there are many examples of medieval architecture and homes to be found in numerous towns and villages strewn about the countryside...Read More

Green Hill Farm

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Hotel

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Green Hill Farm is not the run of the mill bed and breakfast. In fact, it is what the name implies. Green Hill Farm is a working farm, doubling as guesthouse. For something a bit more memorable in the line of accommodations, this 16th century stone and timber farmhouse is ideally located for exploring the North Wales Borderlands. Green Hill farm occupies over 100 acres of land in the village of Bryn Celyn, just outside Holywell. This beautiful piece of Welsh countryside overlooks the Dee Estuary, adding yet another element to the aesthetic treat offered by venturing off the beaten path. You are welcome to explore the property on your own. There are suitable footpaths for hiking. If you don’t ...Read More

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Green Hill Farm
Bryn Celyn, Holywell, Flintshire, CH8 7QF
Wales, United Kingdom
(01352) 713270

The Cherry Pie Inn

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Restaurant

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The Cherry Pie Inn is the oddly named, but rather cool little eatery I came across during my Borderlands excursion. Despite its name, this restaurant is no longer an inn, though it was at one time. You too can find the Cherry Pie Inn along the A541, between Mold and Denbigh, in the tiny village of Melin-y-Wern. Just don’t ask me how to pronounce that! The offerings at The Cherry Pie were a bit surprising, based on whatever false assumptions I made from the exterior. The menu leans a bit more toward the posh than the traditional British yeoman’s meal. The prices reflect this somewhat, as well, though the rates are not ridiculous. You can order a la carte, or a set price meal for around 17 pound...Read More

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The Cherry Pie Inn
Denbigh Road
Wales, United Kingdom
(01352) 741-279

The Town of Denbigh

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Walls of Denbigh Photo, Wales, United Kingdom
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The village of Denbigh has been around since at least the 11th century and served as home to Welsh princes for 200 years. In the 13th century, Denbigh fell to the English. In medieval times, the town of Denbigh grew in conjunction with the Castle and the town was contained within a separate system of walls. The ruins of the castle are the biggest draw for modern tourists. The remains of the town walls are also accessible by visitors. Though my visit focused more on the castle, there are some notable sights about town that are worth having a look at. Some of these can be seen by driving up and down the streets, but I recommend a walking tour that allows you time to stop and properly investigate...Read More

The Siege of Hawarden Castle

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Remnants Photo, Wales, United Kingdom
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Hawarden is a tiny speck of a village in the northeast of Wales. It doesn’t show up on all road maps, but it’s located roughly halfway, as the bird flies, between Chester and Mold. While driving around the North Wales Borderlands, my buddy and I happened through the little village one pleasant September morning. Somewhere along the way, we happened by a sign that alerted us to the fact that there was a castle somewhere around here. Being the enthusiast that I am for all things of even remote historical significance, I demanded that we stop and tour the castle. Well, as I said, Hawarden is just a wee bit of a place. A couple of shops, a pub or two and a handful of houses pretty much comprised ...Read More