About the Constituency
The Vale of Clwyd constituency is in North East Wales. It is a varied seat demographically that was created during a boundary change in 1997. Semi-rural, it is nestled between the Clwydian hills and the Denbigh moors and boasts fertile farmland dissected by the River Clwyd and Elwy. Most of the population is clustered on the coastal belt in Rhyl and Prestatyn.
Rhyl and Prestatyn are both seaside resort towns and the most northern point of the constituency. The resorts became increasingly popular following the arrival of the railways and today, whilst tourism is still a very important sector for both towns, the changes in the tourism industry have meant there is less reliance on this and commerce and industry now play an increasing role on the towns’ economies. Along their coastline Prestatyn and Rhyl are a part of the All Wales Coastal Path and the National Cycle Route 5. In recent years Prestatyn has welcomed a large retail development which adjoins the traditional high street and has recently been named as a finalist in the Great British High Street Competition. There are also many exciting development plans being drawn up for Rhyl which will add to the current offer to provide a range of activities for both residents and visitors to enjoy. Both towns have enjoyed success in the annual Wales in Bloom and Britain in Bloom competitions making them very attractive to live, work and visit.
Inland, the constituency includes the village of Dyserth, whose waterfall featured in the mystery tour in the 1973 comedy film “Holiday on the Buses”. A short distance away is the town of Rhuddlan, featuring an impressive castle, constructed by Edward I in 1277 and surrounded by the River Clwyd. Rhuddlan is central to the Welsh story as it was here that Edward 1 laid down the law known as the Statute of Wales and also where he presented his baby son to the Welsh notability as the very first English ‘Prince of Wales’.
Moving even further inland is the small City of St Asaph. St. Asaph gained City status in 2012 which was awarded by Her Majesty the Queen to celebrate her diamond jubilee. St. Asaph is also the site of Great Britain’s smallest ancient cathedral and home to a thriving optics sector and business park.
Interspersed throughout the constituency are many picturesque villages such as Cwm, Tremeirchion, Trefnant, Rhewl, Aberwheeler, Meliden and Bodfari. Linking the villages together is the Offa’s Dyke national trail, which starts or ends at the blue flag beach in Prestatyn.
Bodelwyddan is on the west of the constituency and is home to the Vale of Clwyd’s main hospital, Ysbyty Glan Clwyd and the site of Bodelwyddan Castle and the Marble Church.
Farming is an important industry in the Vale of Clwyd, particularly in the fertile land around villages such as Trefnant, Rhewl and Llandyrnog. Llandyrnog is also home to a creamery—the fourth biggest cheese factory in the UK.
At the southern end of the constituency is the historic market town of Denbigh and the nearby village of Henllan. Denbigh, the third largest town in the constituency is a medieval market town, steeped in history and dominated by the castle built during the reign of Edward I. Most of the original town walls are still in place.