Anglesey or Ynys
Môn to give it its Welsh name is an island of 276 square miles off the
coast of Wales. It is linked to the mainland by two bridges, one of which
carries both road and rail. The first was the Menai Suspension Bridge.
This opened in 1826 and was built by the famous Victorian engineer Thomas
Telford. The second bridge was originally built by the famous railway
engineer Robert Stephenson, primarily to connect London with the port of
Holyhead and onward to Dublin by ferry. Unfortunately in 1970, the bridge
was the victim of a fire which rendered it irrepairable. It was rebuilt as
the current "double-decker" structure, carrying both rail and a
The island is the most
northerly point of Wales and has some wonderful coastal scenery, plants and
During the Industrial
Revolution, Anglesey was a major centre for mining and quarrying and indeed
had the distinction of being the World's number one producer of copper,
leaving the legacy of Parys Mountain (Mynydd Parys), an
absolutely huge area of diggings and spoil heaps which has to be seen to be
believed. It became known as the Copper Kingdom. It was also renowned for
brickmaking and also of course agriculture. The industrial activities
declined and today, the main industries are
agriculture and tourism, plus of course the port at Holyhead. The Magnox
Wylfa Power Station at Wylfa
Newydd is being decommissioned and a new reactor is to be constructed, with
a view to commencing production in the mid 2020s.
The island has some great and
varied coastal walking with some dramatic cliffs. The Anglesey Coast Path
has a distinctive sign shown below..
The Wales Coast Path, now
complete along the whole coast of Wales, provides some great walking
opportunities and is an important element in my walks. It is well
signposted. There are a series of Wales
Coast Path Official Guides, including one for the Anglesey section.
Scroll down to see
Anglesey/Ynys Môn walks.
you need to buy any hiking equipment/clothing before your trip see the Hiking
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