Despite its buzzing market towns, stunning countryside and quiet coastline – not to mention its proximity to the English border – Flintshire remains relatively undiscovered. Hence the Flintshire Leisure Tour, an 83-mile car trail that showcases the best the county has to offer.
However, once you’ve made the odd detour, done some shopping, had a good pub lunch, wandered around a castle or walked up a hillfort, you may not have made as much progress as you expected.
That’s why the tour’s broken into nine manageable sections. Section eight, for instance, starts in the picturesque village of Hawarden.
There you’ll find Gladstone’s Library, the national memorial to Victorian prime minister William Gladstone – whose great-great-grandson Charlie runs the equally legendary (at least among foodies) Hawarden Estate Farm Shop.
Start: Tinkersdale car park, Hawarden CH5 3DH