Old Quarry to Parkland and Holiday Park

Maes Mynan Park is the name we have given to the old quarry site that was once called Maes Mynan Sand and Gravel Quarry Afonwen, Caerwys, Flintshire in North Wales.

Maes Mynan Sand and Gravel quarry workings 1960's
1960’sworking Maes Mynan sand and gravel quarry, Afonwen

The site has not been a working quarry since the 1990’s and was left alone until we bought the land in 2015.

What that meant in reality, was the unmanaged land became overgrown, water logged and even the once healthy ponds started to become silted up with willow and alder creeping further and further into the water.  This had the effect of decreasing the pond life and although previously a thriving environment for newts and other amphibians, DNA analysis of the ponds confirmed that the Great Crested Newt had moved on.

The Vision’s Journey

Although we purchased the land in late 2015, Peter’s plans for the site goes back over 25 years. His vision was always to upgrade and share the land with others, but in a sympathetic way that worked with the location and its natural environment.

The only way to do this, was to apply for planning permission to change the use of the land to a mixed leisure holiday and leisure park. For us this meant turning scrubland into Parkland to offer holiday home owners the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the site, connecting with nature and the great outdoors organically.

We wanted to offer holiday home owners the opportunity to stay in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty as part of a UK holiday lifestyle choice and a although it’s not been an easy journey, planning permission was finally granted by Flintshire County Council in May 2018, making all this possible.

Peter has always believed it was always important to work with the land and its contours to present a prestigious holiday destination in Flintshire, North Wales, where open spaces and panoramic views offered rewarding downtime opportunities for holiday home owners in an idyllic location within easy reach of the main North Wales road networks and therefore other exciting and interesting places.

Maes Mynan Park is an excellent base for a holiday home and offers ample opportunity to explore and discover the best of Flintshire and Denbighshire on the doorstep and further afield across the whole of North Wales .

An Industrial Archaeological Dig

As an old sand and gravel quarry, Maes Mynan Park has three lakes, all having formed in the pits that were excavated for sand and gravel.

When we started construction work we unearthed plenty of sand as well as a raft of evidence of the quarry industry!

In fact, Peter felt that he was on an archaeological dig at times because of the amount of concrete he exposed around the entrance gateway, the old weighbridges, sand rinsing/loading bays and many large shale boulders.

However rather than discard these, Peter has worked them to his advantage, utilising the history of the quarry as an important part of the holiday park development. In other words, he has chosen to work with what the land throws at him.

The concrete that was once buried under brambles and formed part of the raft of the weighbridge and old office are now the new office foundations (enhanced of course), whilst the washing bays have been adapted for parking for visitors at the new holiday park entrance. Another area we exposed was a tarmaced area that was once used for parking along the roadside and weighbridge office. This was used for years for fly tipping and by enhancing the area around the new office, we have cleared and cleanded up the area for additional parking.

Peter also found within the site great shale boulders, many of which can been seen around the entrance, rescued and repurposed. You will find one of these huge rocks standing stoically inside the lodge park gateway opposite the office as a symbol to the previous geology of the land.  

The old fence line has been replaced with a stone wall, built by local stonemason Oliver Morrell of OM Masonary, and we have managed to retain two very regal looking conifers at the entrance, that have been landmarks of the site for many many years. With careful pruning and maintenance they really suit the location, even though they are not native trees to the area and more importantly the birds love them!

Working With Nature

Nature has reclaimed much of the old quarry site and we will be retaining many of the bramble areas that have taken over so that holidaymakers can forage for blackberries in late August and September. In addition there are two conservation Zones that will be managed with the help of Mandy Cartright of ARC.

The Holiday Park Development

Maes Mynan Park is spread over approximately 100 acres, which has allowed us to sympathetically split the holiday park into three distinctive zones with a 4th planned for a boutique woodland eco-glamping area in the near future for those who wish to stay under the canopy of trees surrounded by nature for overnight stays. It means that all holidaymakers have their own distinct areas.

The first phase of the Maes Mynan Park development  is the lodge park around two of the three lakes, with wonderful views across the Clwydian Range. Some of the holiday lodges will sit on terraced bases to maximise the stunning panoramic views. We are developing 25 of the 47 lodge plots to maintain the exclusivity of the Parkland we are enhancing. It works on a first come first served basis and we want to encourage our holiday home owners to choose their favourite plot and then their dream lodge to suit their style.

Llewellyn Lodge Maes Mynan Park
The views from terraced lodge plots at Maes Mynan Park

The second phase will see the development of the static caravan holiday park. This area is across the road from the Maes Mynan Holiday Park office and will have its own separate entrance, in another part of the former quarry site that once belonged to Peter’s grandfather.

Terracing will be introduced to create spacious static caravan pitches that again maximise the views of Moel Y Parc and the Clwydian Range. This area will be surrounded by woodland and nature too. The static caravan holiday home pitches will be available in the later part of 2020.

The third phase of the Maes Mynan Holiday Park development is the creation of a touring caravan park which not be undertaken until 2023 at the earliest.

Maes Mynan Touring Park will have also have a separate entrance to both the lodge and static caravan parks and will sit in a wooded enclave adjacent to an amenity field that sits adjacent to woodland. Connecting with nature will be easy for touring holiday makers as they will have access to a nature trails within one of the Maes Mynan Park’s conservation areas.

Lots to look forward to at Maes Mynan Park and if you would like to come and see this magical place, get in touch at  [email protected]  – we’d love to hear from you. Reserving your pitch is all within your grasp.