Beaches, Dunes and Watersports in Prestatyn


Prestatyn has three beaches that join up to form a five mile stretch of sand, interspersed with rock groynes. The promenade links the beaches together to make a straight path for walkers and cyclists.
Central Beach which has been accredited with the seaside award, is wide and north-facing, popular with sailors and windsurfers. There are plenty of facilities including cafes, pubs, amusement arcades and crazy golf to keep you entertained for the day. The North Wales Cycle Trail, North Wales Coastal Path and the prestigious Offa’s Dyke Path both converge on the seafront and Central Beach is also home to many of the town events.

The westerly part of Prestatyn Beach is the Ffrith Beach which sits side by side with the Ffrith Festival Gardens and borders with Rhyl.

Barkby Beach sits alongside The Beaches Hotel and Pontins Holiday Park. It is the starting point for the Gronant Dunes and is also home to the Sailing Club of Prestatyn.



Water sport fans are fast discovering the delights of Barkby Beach where sheer excitement goes hand in hand with safety.

Barkby beach is the only beach along Rhyl and Prestatyn’s seven miles of golden sand that allows water sports with a buoyed channel that takes the jet bikes and speed boats safely out to one hundred metres from the waterline.

Prestatyn’s reputation is now growing fast among the water sports fraternity, and not just because of the excellent facilities.



Gronant Dunes an area of sand dunes and foreshore located on the Denbighshire coast between Prestatyn and Gronant forms part of a more extensive dune system that stretches eastwards to the Point of Ayr, Talacre.

Due to its outstanding wildlife value, the entire dune system and foreshore has been notified by the Countryside Council for Wales (CCW) as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). It also represents the only surviving largely unmodified remnant along the North Wales coastline of a once more extensive dune system. Elsewhere, it has largely been replaced with a sea wall. Here, it still serves a valuable function as a natural sea defence.

Gronant is unique because it is home to Wales’ only remaining colony of breeding little terns.