Compared to the day before we woke up to grey skies and strong winds. We decided to head to the north of Anglesey to the area just outside the ferry town of Holyhead to visit the South Stacks and Holyhead Mountain. This is an area of rocky cliffs and a sea bird nesting area. We had identified there was a walk to explore the area in our 1001 Great Walks book.
The weather looked fine when we started our walk but suddenly the sea fret came in and you could not see anything. It was also cold with the wind. We decided to return to the car as it was dangerous to walk in these conditions. What do we do now?
We decided to drive along the north coast of Anglesey and hope conditions would get better. As we left the headland the sea fret started to disappear as we moved more inland. We stopped at Porth Swtan where there was no sea mist and enjoyed a short walk along the coast.
A little bit further on we stopped at the Wylfa Nuclear Power Station information centre a before heading to just outside Amlwch to visit Parys Mountain. Parys Mountain is no ordinary mountain as it was once the world’s largest source of copper and the landscape shows the scares. Extraction of copper from the mountain began in the Neolithic era and continued by the Romans. However it was in the 18th century when extraction began on an industrial level and the town of Amlwch in the late 1700s was the second largest in Wales. However by the early 19th century due to international competition the copper extraction rapidly declined. Today all that remains of the industry is the ravaged landscape of multicoloured rocks, coppery pools of water and patches of heather and gorse. . Walking the Heritage trail through the landscape was like walking on a moonscape but a lot more colourful. It is hard to think that this landscape was carved out by men with pickaxes. It was an interesting final visit of the day