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Introduction: This walk takes you from Holyhead via the famous South Stack lighthouse over Holyhead Mountain.
Mountain is the highest point on Anglesey at 722
feet (220 m). Although its height barely justifies the term
“mountain” it nevertheless has a real sense of summit, not least because
it has a trig. point and because there are fantastic views inland over
Holyhead, along the coast and out to sea. The area on which it sits has the
name Holy Island, although it is not really a separate island at all, by
reason of an isthmus at Trearddur.
By the trig. point are some stone
foundations believed to be remains of a Roman watchtower.
From the headland, you get the
famous view down to South Stack lighthouse. This was built on a small island
in 1809, to aid navigation of ships on the Dublin/Holyhead/Liverpool route.
On the outward leg of this walk,
you pass a curious double, curved roof building which was used to store
gunpowder for nearby quarrying. This provided the stone for the Holyhead
You also pass the North Stack Fog
Warning Station. At first glance, by reason of its white painted buildings,
it looks like there should be a lighthouse there but it only has the horn.
There cliff top area is a myriad
of official and unofficial paths, so a precise route description is
difficult. However, using the sea, the mountain and the forest of radio
aerials near South Stack as your reference points, getting lost should not
be a risk. However, do treat the cliffs and mountain with respect. There are
steep drops and rocky terrain.
The walk is generally pretty easy
but I have given it an amber traffic light by reason of the route to North
Stack and the red because of the steep climb up Holyhead Mountain, very
short though it is.
The route is a “figure of 8”,
so it can be shortened to exclude the South Stack section if desired.
The walk starts from the car park
at the Breakwater Country Park at Holyhead. To get there, take the A55 dual
carriageway to Holyhead, as though you were going to the port. Where the
junction is for the port entrance (off to the right), ignore it and continue
straight ahead. The road curves round by the sea, passing the marina before
ending at the Breakwater Country Park car park, via an easy to miss left
turn, despite the name board, opposite a shelter.
Start: From the car park, exit towards the coast following the sign for “South Stacks Path”.
Pass the lake and on joining the coast path, turn left following the fingerpost for “South Stacks”. After a few yards, branch off right following the Anglesey Coastal Path sign.
At SH 221837, you pass a curious building with a curved roof. This was the magazine where gunpowder was stored for the quarry, excavating stone for the Holyhead breakwater.
The white buildings of North Stack buildings come into view.
At SH 218837, the path divides. Keep to the right hand path. This is to provide a closer look at the North Stack buildings but you can cut the corner if you wish.
At North Stack, turn left, climbing the access track and guided by the Anglesey Coastal Footpath sign. The track climbs quite steeply, then levels out.after a further one hundred and fifty yards or so, continue on the coast path by taking a right turn off the access track (SH 217837). You will see a marker post on the near horizon, confirming this is the correct route.
Just before some rocky crags to the left, the path splits. Turn right (SH 218832).
As you start to approach the radio masts on the promontory, the path splits. Take the right hand fork.
you come to a square aerial array, the path splits again. Once again, keep
the access track to the square array and turn left along it for a few yards
before branching off to the right.
Continue along to the headland for a view down to South Stack lighthouse.
is a dilapidated look-out station, described by notices as dangerous. To
continue the route, with your back to this, turn right along the broad
track, a few yards inland.
Join another broader track, a few yards from a small square building. Turn left and on reaching another track, go left again heading towards Holyhead Mountain.
to the right of a small lake. This
had dried up on my visit, due to the recent
but its normal location was
obvious. Soon, pass to the right of a second lake.
another path and turn right to join a very broad, tarmac track and turn
left. When this divides (the better track going left), take the right hand
leg (SH 211824).
to a junction,
which you should recognise from the outward journey. Follow the red arrow
and the Coast Path sign on the post towards Holyhead Mountain.
At another junction (SH 213826), there is a post with a red arrow and coastal sign. Take the path to the right of this. There is a good chance of seeing rock climbers in action on this section.
at a ‘T’ junction of paths where there is a wooden post, with an arrow
pointing right for a “circular walk” with a cross. Turn left to walk
parallel with the cliffs.
another path at a ‘T’ junction. Turn right
and shortly at another junction,
right again, following the yellow arrow (SH 216829). You now back on the
path you came out on.
After a hundred yards or so, turn right up a steep path to the summit of Holyhead Mountain (SH 217830). This is before the path actually marked “Summit” and may be steeper!
find the descent path, walk clockwise round the summit mound. Look out for
the first path descending left, in the direction of the port at Holyhead.
descending steadily until you see a narrow path off to the left (SH 223830),
just before some small rocky outcrops. Take this path, heading towards the
another path at a ‘T’ junction and turn left (SH 226830).
SH 227830, deep in shrubbery, the
path divides. Turn left. There is a post with a yellow arrow indicating the
way. You should already have noticed the chimney by the information centre,
where you started.
soon come to another junction. Turn left.
on to the road close to the chimney and turn left to return to the car park.
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