My recent visit to Point of Ayr Lighthouse Talacre Beach. Also, the ship called Duke of Lancaster, docked at Mostyn, North Wales

This historic lighthouse was last used in 1883 but has since become  a popular landmark with visitors to the dunes and nearby holiday park.

The only door to the three storey stone building is accessible at low tide and the top floor gives views over the Liverpool Bay and the Dee estuary.

It stands 60ft (18m) high and was originally built around 1776.

It continued to shine until 1883 when it was superseded by the Dee Light-Ship.

The day began rainy, cold and windy. The rain finally stopped, the clouds disappeared and the sun started to shine through.

We arrived at Talacre beach around 10.30 am. The tide was right out. The lighthouse was about half a mile away so we walked over the sandy beach towards it. The sun was behind me and, at this time of year, it was low in the sky. I noticed the unusual repeated pattern in the sand (see photo below).

When I reached the lighthouse, I could see it needed a lot of renovation. I climbed over the rocks around it and up the steps. The door was open. I looked in and although I could not see anyone I could hear someone working below. I took a couple of shots of the beach from there.

We then carried on walking to the Gronant Dunes about another half mile further on. These dunes form a natural flood defence, but are also environmentally important for the rich variety of plants and animals that live there and is legally protected.

We then went to Mostyn where I took some pictures of the Duke of Lancaster which was put into dry dock in 1979. According to enthusiasts, the ship ferried passengers between Heysham and Belfast in the 1950s and 60s before being converted into a car ferry. In 1975 it was used briefly on the Fishgaurd-Rrosslare ferry service before running between Holyhead and Dun Laoghaire until it was retired in 1978.

It was renamed the Fun Ship for a while and was employed as an entertainment venue with a bar and market stalls, which then closed.

Various graffiti artists decorated the outside of the ship with the owners’ permission.

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