The Roman Bath House
Situated in what is now Melyd Avenue, on the edge of the small North Wales resort town of Prestatyn, about 20 miles west of Chester, these well-preserved remains of a Roman civilian bath house were discovered on March 30th 1934 by Mr F. Gilbert Smith, a local architect, surveyor and enthusiastic amateur archaeologist.
It is very likely that a Roman branch-road linked the industrial settlement at Prestatyn- a government controlled centre of lead production- with the main highway near St. Asaph, and continued south through the territories of the Deceangi in the valley of the River Clwyd, to the fort at Ruthin and the Berwyn Mountains, the realm of the Ordovices.
Rhuddlan first appears in recorded history in the last years of the eighth century, when there was no town of Rhyl and the shore road from Prestatyn to Abergele did not exist. Instead, the Clwyd and the marshes off its estuary, now reclaimed and drained and cultivated, formed a natural barrier athwart the coastal approach to the mountainous heart of North Wales. The settlement of Rhuddlan is likely to have owed its origin to the presence at this point, from very early times, of the lowest fording-place on the river, from which a track led across the marsh to Vaynol and beyond. Its position thus marked it out as a key point in the racial struggles which for some 600 years (c.700-c.1300) swayed to and fro across the Welsh and English border.
The River Ffyddion rises 4.5 miles to the east of here and is joined a mile away at Marian Mills by water from a spring called Ffynnon Asa. After falling some 70 feet over this waterfall the river makes its way westwards and joins the River Clwyd west of Rhuddlan.
The Domesday Book of 1086 mentions a mill in the Dyserth area, but whether it was located at the waterfalls is not known.
North Wales Coast
The best outdoor adventure activities in the world. Brilliant beaches. Thrilling mountain scenery. Fascinating ancient culture and heritage wherever you turn. North Wales has all this in abundance, and a whole lot more!
Like the World Heritage sites of Conwy and Caernarfon, walled towns with castles between mountains and the sea. Or the unspoiled landscapes of Betws-y-Coed and Snowdonia - the highest peak in England and Wales. Why miss out on an amazing range of things to do or a visit to unique attractions where you can bounce on trampolines in a deep cavern or surf a few rollers on a lake?
North Wales is an adventure playground with activities to keep most adrenaline junkies happy. Zip line through abandoned quarries or surf on an inland lagoon, the choice is yours. If you want to slow down, we have some of the best walks and cycling in Britain.
Offa's Dyke Path is a long-distance footpath following closely the Wales–England border. Opened in 1971, it is one of Britain's National Trails and draws walkers from throughout the world. Some of the 177-mile route either follows, or keeps close company with, the remnants of Offa's Dyke, an earthwork, most of which was probably constructed in the late 8th century on the orders of Offa of Mercia. However, the dyke does not go over the Black Mountains but follows the current Wales-England border along the Hatterall Ridge.