Day 7 – A grey day in Rhyl

In contrast to the glorious sunshine and blue sky of the previous day the morning was cloudy, grey and miserable with the wind still blowing an absolute hooley. The tent was still standing, albeit a bit out of shape on the side where the wind hit it, but not wanting to go out and risk coming back to find that another disaster had occurred I spent quite some time re-pegging and double-pegging all the guy lines and anchor points, which were checked and re-checked during the course of the morning. By 1.30pm though I’d had enough of being ‘stuck indoors’ but with so much grey cloud around it wasn’t worth going to the next place I’d planned to visit so I decided to have a mooch along Rhyl promenade, somewhere I hadn’t yet been.
Parking at the harbour I crossed the modern footbridge over the river onto a short stretch of main road and from there onto the pedestrianised sea front where I walked along until I ran out of buildings then headed back along the main promenade, taking snaps of anything which looked marginally interesting including the colourful childrens’ fairground rides, although I missed out the clock tower – apparently erected in 1948 it was in the middle of a small roundabout and was square, plain, and intensely ugly.
An empty beach on a dull day – looking towards the harbour
Shell mosaic set into a wall
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A lonely duck on a small pond
Wall art at the Kite Surf Cafe
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War memorial garden and cenotaph
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Decorated stone gate posts at St. David’s residential home
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Colourful map on the wall of the indoor water park
A fearsome looking creature above an amusement place
By the time I’d got back to the van I was feeling more than a little peckish so decided to treat myself to a meal in The Harbour, one of the Hungry Horse chain of pub/restaurants where I knew I could get some decent food. I just fancied a chicken tikka masala but sod’s law said that was one of the three things on the menu which they hadn’t got so I settled for steak and ale pie instead. I was only in there for an hour but when I came out I was surprised to find that the grey clouds had cleared away and the sunshine and blue sky were back, although by then it was too late really to go anywhere else and I didn’t feel like repeating the long promenade walk just to get some better photos.
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Deciding to go and see Yasmine, the horse which Eileen often visits, I popped across the road and bought a small bag of carrots from Aldi as I didn’t want to go without taking a treat for her. On the way there I noticed that the friendly neighbourhood giraffe had swapped his jubilee crown for a sunshade so of course I had to stop to get another couple of photos of him.
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Yasmine was in the far corner of her field when I got there but she ambled over slowly when I called her. She’s a very sweet horse and loves her treats but I only gave her three of the carrots, saving the rest for another couple of visits, then after making a fuss of her I set off back to the camp site to chill out for the rest of the day.
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My walk along Rhyl promenade had been what could loosely be called ‘interesting’ – never having been there before it was good to see what the place had to offer but it was nothing to write home about, though I don’t think the dull grey day showed it at its best. Maybe it would look much better in the sunshine so who knows? – I might just do that walk again on a much brighter day in the future.

16 thoughts on “Day 7 – A grey day in Rhyl

  1. Unusual that an owner allows and advises what to feed to her horse, usually it is made very clear that there is to be nothing given at all! Bless her – 37 years – she does not look that old at all!
    It is amazing how a change in the weather can make or break a place you are visiting.

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  2. I got chatting to a young woman who was looking after Yasmine while her owner was away, it seems she’s quite a popular horse. I agree that it’s unusual for her owner to state what she can be given rather than the more usual ”Please don’t feed the horse” notice but better that than someone innocently giving her something which would make her ill.

    I’ve driven along Rhyl promenade in the sunshine on a couple of previous occasions and thought it looked quite nice but on such a grey day it was dull and uninteresting – maybe a bit of future sunshine will help to change my opinion 🙂

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  3. I’m sure I must have been there in the dim distant past, Eunice, but I didn’t recognise anything. Nice dragon though and who can dislike a giraffe in a sunhat?

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  4. The giraffe makes me smile every time I see him, especially when he’s got his sunshade on 🙂 There was an article about him in the local press a while ago, it seems he’s very popular with both locals and visitors.

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  5. Yasmine is lovely, and I can understand why the owners have the sign up regarding treats.
    I’ve only ever driven through Rhyl, so I didn’t get to see much of the town but the gardens and harbour look nice. X

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    1. I don’t know what the town itself is like as I’ve never been there – I don’t ‘do’ town centres – but maybe on a sunnier day the promenade does look better. The harbour is lovely though and I’ve taken several photos around there on previous visits.

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  6. Thank you for your comment and welcome to the Mouse House blog. It’s a shame it was such a grey day on this occasion as the promenade didn’t look as good as it maybe could have done, although the harbour looked lovely once the sun came out.

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  7. I’m not sure about the dragon looking cute, I wouldn’t want to meet it on a dark night 🙂 Yasmine is quite a sweet old girl and doing well for her age, I love her bright pink rug 🙂

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  8. I’ve not been to Rhyl for a few years – last time was when we passed through when visiting a relative who lives in Prestatyn. I find it very underwhelming

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  9. One section of the landward side of the promenade looks a bit ‘Blackpool-ish’ with it’s amusement arcades etc. It might all look better on a sunny day but your description of it being underwhelming is about right 🙂

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  10. Way way back in the days before I was even married I had a summer job in the offices at McVities biscuits in Manchester. One of the Young women , married about a year got so excited for their up and coming summer holiday in Rhyl. I often wondered what it was like, so thanks for the flavour. Although thinking about it I wonder if there was a Butlins or similar they were going to.Love the horse, with the dragon next!

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  11. As far as I know there was never a Butlins in Rhyl although there was, and still is, a Pontins a few miles along the road at Prestatyn. Did you ever find out if the young woman enjoyed her holiday? I’d never been to Rhyl until 1971 when my best friend came along with me and my parents on a day out there – it can’t have been particularly exciting even back then as the only thing I remember about it is going for a meal in a promenade cafe and my friend had pork chop and chips 🙂 I’ve never been there since until this recent holiday and there’s still nothing exciting about it.

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