Things To Do
Holywell is not served by a recognised cycle route but it is fortunate that the town is located at the centre of a network of quiet country lanes connecting with a dozen or so picturesque villages.
These lanes pass through unspoiled countryside, some with some with views towards the River Dee estuary and beyond in one direction and in the other towards the Clwydian hills, enabling cyclists to enjoy exploring and discovering the Holywell hinterland at a leisurely pace.
Although the town is not served by a recognised cycle route, a section of Sustrans’ National Route 5 runs close by. To the east, this section leaves the coastal route at Bagillt and climbs steeply to Brynford Common some 700ft/213m above sea level, passing just a mile or so from Holywell before descending to join the coastal route again near Gronant.
Although the Holywell area is not well known as a centre for fishing like some other parts of Wales, there are nonetheless, several angling opportunities in the countryside surrounding the town, whether one’s interest is coarse, trout or saltwater fishing.
One advantage of a day’s fishing somewhere other than in the well publicised angling ‘honey pot’ areas of course is less anglers and on some days at some fisheries it’s even possible to find that you have the place all to yourself or that you’re just sharing it with a friend.
Off the beaten angling track the Holywell area might be but in addition to solitude, there are two other things every visiting angler can be certain about. The first is that all the fisheries are well stocked with good sized hard fighting fish. The second is peaceful and picturesque surroundings.
Flour Mill Pool (CH8 7GH)
Greenfield Valley Heritage Park. Day and season permits available. Day tickets available from Greenfield Valley Visitor Centre, Greenfield Post Office and on the bankside. Species to be found include: roach, rudd, tench, perch, ghost carp, common carp, mirror carp, crucian carp, bream and gudgeon.
For further details, visit: http://www.greenfieldvalley.com or phone 01352 714172.
Glasdir Farm Fishery
Y Nant, Pentre Halkyn. Match lake and specimen lake. Species to be found include: mirror carp, common carp, tench, rudd, roach and skimmer. Tackle and bait also available.
For more information and directions, phone 01352 781303.
Gyrn Castle Carp Fishery
Llanasa Nr Holywell. Species to be found include: carp, perch, rudd and tench.
For more details and directions, phone 01745 561672
Sarn Mill Fishery
Four lake fishery located off the A541 between Nannerch and Afonwen. Species to be found: carp, roach,rudd.
For further details and directions, phone: 01352 720854.
Forest Hill Fishery (CH8 9EQ)
Four lake fishery located near the village of Whitford.
Species to be found: brown trout and rainbow trout.
Farm shop. Tuition provided.
For further details, phone: 01745 560151
Sarn Mill Fishery
Four lake fishery located off the A541 between Nannerch and Afonwen. Species to be found: brown trout and rainbow trout.
For further details and directions, phone: 01352 720854
Seven Springs Fishery (CH7 5BZ)
A four lake fishery located on the outskirts of Caerwys near Holywell
Species to be found: rainbow trout
For further details and directions, phone 01352 720511, e-mail: email@example.com or visit: http://www.sevenspringsfisheries.co.uk
Wal Goch Fishery (CH7 5RP)
Two lake fishery just off the A541 Mold to Denbigh road near the village of Nannerch.
Species to be found: brown trout and rainbow trout
For further details, phone 01352 741378 or 07860 351296, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit: www.walgochfishing.com
River Dee estuary
Some excellent saltwater fishing can be had in the estuary of the River Dee, especially between Fflint and Talacre.
Species to be found there include: plaice, flounder, dab, eel, conger, whiting, cod, mullet, sole and bass.
There is vehicular and pedestrian access to the river bank via public highways and public footpaths leading from the A548 coast road at several locations.
Although the Dee estuary is a nursery area the prohibition on bass fishing in nursery areas does not apply to fishing from the shore. However it is expected that shore anglers will respect the need for this prohibition and return to the sea any bass caught within nursery areas.
For the purpose of defining the nursery area in the Dee estuary, it is all tidal waters enclosed by a line drawn 213° true from Hilbre Point to Mostyn Quay.
Holywell Golf Club (CH8 8LQ)
An 18 hole golf course located on Brynford Common with a welcoming club house and excellent catering facilities. Golf buggies are available and societies and casual visitors are welcome.
Pennant Park Golf Club (CH8 9EP)
An 18 hole golf course located between Holywell and the village of Whitford. The course has a practice range and clubhouse. Membership is open and visitors and Societies always receive a warm welcome. Refreshments are available all day. Buggies for hire. Reduced price golf after 4.00 p.m.
Kinsale Golf Club, Llanerchymor, Holywell CH8 9DX.
A nine-hole golf course located at Llanerch-y-mor between Holywell and the village of Mostyn. Other facilities include a 12 bay driving range, a practice green and practice bunker. A number of golf buggies are also available to hire and refreshments are available at the clubhouse.
Further details and directions can be obtained by phone at: 01745 561080 or by visiting:
Caerwys Golf Club (CH7 5AQ)
A nine-hole golf course located in the small town of Caerwys about six miles west of Holywell.
Further details and directions can be obtained by phone at: 01352 721222 or by e-mail at: email@example.com
Linden Farm Riding & Trekking Centre
Linden Farm Riding & Trekking Centre is a Horse Riding School/equestrian centre located close to the village of Rhes y Cae near in Holywell. The centre offers horse-riding lessons, trekking on Halkyn Common and other equine facilities including stabling, dressage, saddlery and livery.
Further details and directions can be obtained by phone at: 01352 780539
Bridalwoood Riding Centre & Livery Yard (CH8 9JN)
Bridalwood is a horse riding school/equestrian centre located at Maes y Coed Farm, Ty’n y Morfa, Gwespyr near Holywell and offers horse-riding lessons and other equine facilities, stables, dressage, saddlery and livery.
Pennant Park Riding Centre (CH8 9ER)
Pennant Park Riding Centre is located at Llwyn Ifor Lane, Whitford Nr. Holywell and provides riding lessons, training, hacking and a number of other horse-related services.
Halkyn Shooting School (CH8 8DH)
Halkyn Shooting School at Pen-y-Parc Farm, Pant Y Gôf near the village of Halkyn offers clay target shooting opportunities for practice and competitions.
The Hoylwell area is criss-crossed by a network of public footpaths, bridleways and quiet country lanes as well as being close to the 1,800 acre expanse of Brynford and Halkyn Common.
The Holywell & District Walkers are Welcome Committee has compiled a series of five circular walks starting from the town. Details about these walks can be seen and downloaded from: http://www.holywellramblers.org.uk/f-Hwalks.htm
Details about other local walks can be found on the following websites:
Holywell also has its own long-established rambling organisation; Holywell Rambling Club and details about the club can be found at: www.holywellramblers.org.uk This very active club is a rich source of useful information for anybody with an interest in walking locally, throughout north Wales and further afield.
Holywell is also the starting point of the newly opened 140m /225km-long Pilgrim’s Way that ends at Ynys Enlli (Bardsay Island) at the tip of the Llŷn peninsula and is where the 61m/90k-long Wat’s Dyke Way Heritage Trail that starts near Llanymynech in Powys ends. The All Wales Coastal Footpath also passes close to the town and can be accessed at Greenfield Dock approximately 2 miles from Holywell town centre. The dock and the town are linked via a path that passes through Greenfield Valley Heritage Park.
Sections of both these long distance trails close to Holywell also make interesting short walks.
OS Explorer 265 provides details of all public rights of way in the Holywell area
The Heritage Trail
Holywell Heritage Trail starts in the High Street where there are many fine buildings, a legacy of the wealth generated by the cotton and copper industries of Greenfield Valley in the 18th century. [PDF leaflet]
North Wales SphereMania (CH8 8SN)
The North Wales SphereMania site is a family fun site, located at Bryn Coch Farm, Whitford on the outskirts of Holywell is an attraction where you can experience the excitement of rolling and bouncing downhill safe within a large inflatable ball.
For further details, phone 01745 343912 or visit: www.spheremania.com
If you want to experience the excitement of paintballing, then the Go Ballistic site near Halkyn, just four miles from Holywell and a few yards off the A55 expressway, is the place to go if you’re planning an event and are looking for something that everybody will remember.
The site is located in 86 acres of woodland divided into ten themed game zones, such as The Helipad, The Airfield and Vietnam where you can compete in a series of realistic action-packed team missions and delve into a number of harrowing up close skirmishes with your ‘enemies’.
For more information and booking visit www.goballistic.co.uk Enquiries and bookings can also be made by telephone on 0844 745 5000.