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Holyhead Mountain, Anglesey Walks In Wales, UK

Holyhead Mountain - Anglesey Walks

Holyhead Mountain, Anglesey Walks was about 7.5 miles in distance. The terrain of this route was quite varied and included an initial road and public footpath walk through Holyhead; scrub, heath and steep rocky paths; inland and coastal paths; some short road and lane sections; and 6 stiles to negotiate.

After a walk through Holyhead town this route soon passes through Open Access land on its way to the summit of Holyhead Mountain. The return journey is along one of the most dramatic and scenic parts of the Anglesey Coastal Path, before descending to more gentle terrain back to Holyhead.

Starting from St Cybi’s Church and the Roman fort, leg one zigzagged south west through Holyhead on roads and footpaths then along paths across fields to Open Access land. Leg two snaked westward across Open Access land on scrubland and field paths and via a farmyard to South Stack Road. Leg three headed north west on a road and track then on a heath path and up a steep rocky path to Holyhead Mountain trig point.

Leg four headed north down a rocky path, over heath and down a track to North Stack; then turned east along the Coastal Path to a track at Breakwater Country Park. To complete the walk the fifth and final leg continued on Coastal Path to north east then south above low cliffs to a cove; then headed south east along a track, lane and roads via Holyhead Boatyard, Promenade and town back to the start.

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Holyhead Mountain, Anglesey Walks Route

The Holyhead Mountain, Anglesey Walks route was circular in a clockwise direction with five legs.

Leg 1

On this first leg we started from St Cybi’s Church and the Roman fort to zigzag south west through Holyhead on roads and footpaths then on paths over fields to Open Access land.

  1. We entered the rear entrance to St Cybi’s Church through a metal gate in the stone wall of a Roman fort, walked ahead up some steps and went through a second metal gate.
  2. Going to the left around the rear of the church and with Eglwys y Bedd on our right, we went through gateway to enter the town on Market Street.
  3. Here we turned right, crossing Williams Street and headed up an alleyway to go left along Hill Street.
  4. At the end of Hill Street we turned right on Thomas Street then immediately went left along Edmund Street to meet another road at Mill Bank.
  5. After going right up Mill Bank we went second left on Rock Street then went right between houses.
  6. We veered left along a path between gardens on the left and a sports field on the right, and following it around a right-hand corner to the next corner.
  7. Here we went left over a low stile into field and traced the right boundary to go over a stile.
  8. Keeping ahead, first beside a right-hand wall then a left-hand wall, we passed through a kissing-gate in to another field.
  9. Walking ahead uphill and over a rise we passed through another kissing-gate to Open Access land.

Leg 2

Having walked about 1 mile to this point, the second leg snaked its way west over Open Access land on paths through scrubland, across fields and through a farmyard to South Stack Road.

  1. Here we went right to cross a ladder-stile and followed the path, passing a house on the right, to reach a waymark where we went left, then passing crags on our left.
  2. After passing through a kissing-gate we walked ahead, eventually veering to the left and rising up a ladder-stile.
  3. Going ahead over the rise of a field, we went through a gap to the right of a ladder-stile.
  4. Here we followed the path ahead towards houses and rocky hills.
  5. After crossing a ladder-stile, we went to the left then veered slightly right to pass through a gate gap,
  6. We then followed the left side of a field, crossed a ladder-stile, then passed through a farmyard, going between buildings through two metal gates on to South Stack Road.

Leg 3

At around the 2.25 miles mark, the third leg made its way north west along a road and track then along a heath path and up a steep rocky path to the trig point of Holyhead Mountain.

  1. Turning left along the road we soon went right along a track and around a barrier.
  2. After going around a metal gate after a gate on the left, we kept ahead on the track which then turned into a narrow path over heath.
  3. We ignored other paths to the left and right and soon had the crags of Holyhead Mountain on our right.
  4. Before the peak of Holyhead Mountain we turned right at an arrow waymark up a steep rocky path.
  5. We followed the path up the southern end of the mountain which generally curved to the left through rocks to eventually reach the trig point of Holyhead Mountain.

Leg 4

Now at about the 3.5 miles mark, the fourth leg descended northwards along a rocky path, across heath and down a track to a building at North Stack; then turned east on the Coastal Path to a track at Breakwater Country Park.

  1. With the trig point to our right, we walked ahead to the north along the rocky path to descend the mountain.
  2. Keeping ahead to the north we ignored paths to the left and right.
  3. We ascended a little on a stone stepped path over small peak and levelled out for a while.
  4. Following the path beside a stone wall on the right we passed through a gap in the wall to some stone ruins with great views of the coast.
  5. We passed through the ruins and descended again along the path, passing through another gap in the wall.
  6. Keeping ahead downhill to the north the path eventually came to an end at a main path which crossed this path.
  7. Here we turned left downhill towards North Stack.
  8. At the bottom there are buildings and there is a cove to its left where you may be able to sea seals if you are lucky. If you decide to take a look be very careful. Stay close to the wall as there is a narrow ledge near the boundary wall of the building with a vertical drop to the left down in to the cove.
  9. Just before the buildings, we turned right along the waymarked Coastal Path.
  10. The path followed the coastline and after rising reached a path junction.
  11. Here we went left, gradually descending, passing a stone building to emerge through two kissing-gates on to a track at Breakwater Country Park.

Leg 5

Having walking about 5.25 miles to this point the fifth and final leg continued on the Coastal Path to north east then south east above low cliffs to a cove; then south east by track, lane and roads via Holyhead Boatyard, Promenade and town back to the start.

  1. Going left on the track a few metres, we turned left again, passing a picnic table and following a path through a gap in a wall to low cliffs.
  2. After passing through a kissing-gate we continued along the Coastal Path.
  3. After crossing a small wooden footbridge, passing through a kissing-gate and reaching a cove with a pebble beach, the path emerged on to a broad track.
  4. Here we turned left beside a long building on our right.
  5. Just before reaching a building with a tower we turned right along a lane between stone walls.
  6. After a right them left bend we reached Beach Road where we turned left to walk along a waterfront to Holyhead Boatyard.
  7. We walked along the Holyhead Promenade until turning right along Newry Street.
  8. When we reached the Stanley Arms we went through a passageway on the opposite side of the road.
  9. Finally, we went right through an arch in the stone wall of the Roman fort then left down steps and through two metal gates back at the starting point.

When Done & With Whom

I did this hike with my partner Anne whilst on a Dulas, Anglesey hiking holiday during September 2012. We drove from our holiday accommodation in Dulas, Anglesey to the starting location in Holyhead, Anglesey. We parked in one of the several car parks near to Eglwys y Bedd at the entrance to the Roman fort and St Cybi’s Church on the A5154, Victoria Road, which was the starting point.

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