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The popular beach of Talacre sits just across the River Dee from the Wirral over the English / Welsh border. With miles of golden sand backed by dunes Talacre has plenty of room for everyone. Much of the year this wouldn't seem an issue as you may well get the beach to yourself. However, there are a number of holiday parks and caravan sites just over the dunes meaning there is quite an influx during the summer.
Talacre's most obvious feature is the Point of Ayr lighthouse which dates back to 1776. The lighthouse was decommissioned in 1884 but remains an impressive monument, rising 18 metres out of the sand. If you do stroll across to the lighthouse watch out for the tide - you could end up with a swim back to shore! Alternatively you could stay the night with the ghost of the old lighthouse keeper.
The area around the beach and dunes is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) with rare species including a collection of natterjack toads. Just around the corner, the Dee estuary is a haven for wintering birds with little terns, skylarks, meadow pipits and warblers all spotted here.