Chase Around the Castle – Visiting Flint With Dogs

Flint isn’t one of the most impressive destinations Wales has to offer. But it’s perfect for a short afternoon trip. It’s easily reachable by public transport from Manchester, and it has one impressive, dog-friendly attraction.

Let’s find out what happens when a Scottish hound and an Irish hound travel to Wales for the first time.

Getting to Flint

Flint is easily accessible from much of England. There are direct trains from London (Euston, 2:20, three times daily), Birmingham (New Street, 2:20, every two hours), and Manchester (Piccadilly or Oxford Road, 1:20, hourly).

More journey options are available from these places or many others by changing at Crewe or Chester. Trains to Flint have a final destination of either Holyhead or Llandudno, but you should note that a few trains in the late morning pass through Flint without stopping.

If you’re travelling by car,  it takes just an hour and a quarter to drive from central Manchester via the M56 and A548.

As we were spending time in Manchester, this was an easy journey. From Piccadilly, we caught the train to Crewe. After a quick break there, including a visit to Crewe Alexandra’s Mornflake Stadium, we boarded the train to Holyhead, alighting at Flint about 45 minutes later.

Checking out the Mornflake Stadium in Crewe

The views from the journey are pleasant if nothing to write home about. You can catch sight of some gentle Welsh landscapes. You’ll also see some of the industrial landscape of Cheshire when you pass through Runcorn.

The lads enjoyed a snooze on the way

The Town of Flint

Flint is a small, welcoming place with a population of around 13,000. Lying on the banks of the River Dee, it is largely overshadowed by more famous tourist towns nearby. But it is a pleasant place to be with old buildings and public artwork to admire.

The Footplate sculpture near the railway station (credit Jeff Tomlinson)

There are a decent number of businesses open throughout the week. Things rarely get too busy in Flint, so it’s ideal for dogs that might feel anxious in crowds.

Fantastic Flint Attractions

Flint’s main attraction is its castle ruins. The castle was built in 1277 and many of its walls and turrets still stand. The castle may be most famous for appearing in Shakespeare’s Richard II.

Flint Castle is free to visit and dogs are allowed on the grounds, provided they are kept on leads. We found a sculpture of King Richard II and his greyhound outside the castle entrance. Good tidings for doggy visitors!

Can you tell which one is the real hound?

The dogs seemed to enjoy wandering around the castle with its high vantage point. There are superb views of the estuary from the towers. Both dogs were slightly wary of the grated walkways on the upper levels, but they crossed them with a little encouragement. Lewis was very interested in a drone that was flying around the castle grounds.

Inside the castle

There isn’t much else to see in Flint aside from the castle. The High Street features a few historic buildings and some interesting churches. The town hall features local art and history exhibitions, but dogs are not permitted inside the building.

Walking Routes in Flint

Flint’s best walking route is the path that runs by the estuary. The access point lies adjacent to the castle. Chase and Lewis found the smooth paving very agreeable for their sensitive paws.

Walking from the castle to the estuary

This route offers you excellent views of the estuary on one side. The sands are packed with a variety of birds, like pintails and redshanks, and you’ll likely see birdwatchers on the path. We did encounter a few off-lead dogs in this spot, but none of them paid us much attention.

Walking the estuary path

As you walk, you may notice Flint’s lifeboat station and Cae-Y-Castell, a small football stadium that is home to Flint Town FC of the Cymru Premier.

A Bite to Eat

After we had finished our walk, we were ready for a spot of lunch. Flint High Street offered a range of eateries, including dog-friendly pubs, Mediterranean restaurants, and fast-food chains. The George & Dragon pub is recommended for those visiting Flint with dogs.

We opted for a small café called The Lunch Box. They had seating outside which offered a pleasant view of a nearby church. Chase and Lewis took the chance to eat some veggie pieces while we relaxed.

Chase and Lewis chill outside The Lunchbox

The food was good, with excellent baked potatoes, coleslaw, and cakes. A few locals took interest in the dogs and both lads were happy to get a few scratches under the chin.

Farewell to Flint!

This was both dogs’ first visit to Wales. And the trip means Chase has now visited all five countries of the British Isles! We’ll definitely return to Wales for more exploring. Flint is perfect for those looking for a quick day out and I’d =recommend visiting Flint with dogs to anyone based in Manchester, Liverpool or surrounding areas.

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