From adrenaline thrills to idyllic walks – why Denbighshire is a great place to live and work
Posted on 20th November 2017
If you’re looking for adventure alongside looking for a new job, there is no better place than North Wales – the adventure capital of the UK. In the county of Denbighshire there’s so much to see and do – and what better time to discover than the Year of Legends?
For those looking for a new job and to make a location move, or happy to commute, Denbighshire could be the perfect place for you. Here are six reasons why…
From the coastal towns of Rhyl and Prestatyn to more inland towns and villages such as Denbigh, Ruthin, St Asaph and Llangollen, Denbighshire really offers the best of all worlds for people looking to find that perfect balance. If you are looking for a job here, you may not have to move – being just over an hour’s drive from major cities such as Liverpool and Manchester, and with Chester even closer, this county in North Wales offers great opportunity for working commuters and residents alike.
Denbighshire is a hot spot for thrills and adventure. The county is home to a brand new Kitesurfing centre, a national standard BMX track, a number of outdoor adventure centres where you can try sports such as white water rafting, canoeing, horse riding, quad biking, rock climbing, archery and more. You can even try “survival experiences”, knife carving, bow making and other kinds of bush craft – so if you think you’re a survivalist, visit Denbighshire and put your skills to the test!
If you have a love of history there’s so much to explore in Denbighshire – from Thomas Telford’s Pontcysyllte Aqueduct to Ruthin’s Victorian Gaol, there’s a plethora of historical sites to visit. The county’s history is charted through its abundance of castles including Rhuddlan, Bodelwyddan, Gwrych and Denbigh (to name a few!) as well as the likes of stately homes such as the 18th century Erddig House near Wrexham and Plas Newydd in Llangollen. The first inhabitants of Wales lived in Denbighshire, with human remains being found dating back as far as 250,000 years ago. There’s also plenty of opportunity to walk the hills in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (ANOB) and discover Iron Age hillforts, cairns, mounds and a number of burial chambers – why not follow the Brenig Archaeological Trail which takes you past a number of such sites. If your profession is history you may be in luck when searching for work here – with so many National Trust and historical sites, it’s worth doing a bit of research and finding out what options may be available to you.
Of course nature lovers are never disappointed when they come to Denbighshire – take a walk up Moel Famau, stroll across the Clwydian Range, picnic at the Alwen and Brenig reservoirs or simply visit one of the many waterfalls or rivers in the area – you could live here for years and still have many beauty spots to discover. There’s not just woods, forests and mountains – the beaches stretching along the coast offer the perfect place to relax on a summer’s day and the rolling hills, heather moorlands and fields mean there’s plenty of outdoor space to explore in this ANOB.
There’s plenty of days out and events to get involved with. The annual Helfa Gelf Art Trail gives you a chance to visit working artist studios, where you can browse, learn about and purchase local art works. There are a number of different festivals in the county each year including Llangollen’s annual Faery Festival, many Country Fairs, the annual Eisteddfod, Prestatyn’s Walking Festival or Rhyl’s popular Air Show – where you can see the likes of the Red Arrows perform their displays. The county also takes part in the annual Open Doors heritage event where you can visit some “secret sites” and buildings that are not usually open to the public – there’s plenty throughout the year to enjoy.
Denbighshire is a hotspot for different industries – being home to the North Wales Fire Service HQ, Pinacl and Qioptiq, a leader in the opto-electronics industry with three enterprise zones in St Asaph Business Park and Bodelwyddan. Tourism, retail, hospitality and the food industry are all big players in Denbighshire – so if you are looking to make a move you are likely to find something suited to you. The towns in Denbighshire offer that connection with the hustle and bustle of the “real world” whilst you will never be more than a stone’s throw away from nature.
Do you like the sound of living and working in North Wales’ Denbighshire County? Click here to search for jobs in the North Wales region, or read our in-depth articles below to find out more about what it’s like to live and work in Rhyl, Prestatyn and St Asaph.
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Publish date: November 2017