Holyhead Mountain via the Stacks

South Stack Lighthouse Anglesey

After our somewhat strenuous walk up Snowdon in the blazing heat our next walk was the little easier Holyhead Mountain. Not really a mountain in the ‘proper’ sense but that’s what it’s called and getting to the top did involve a few mountain goat style climbs in places.

We started our walk at the car park just above RSPB South Stack where looking back down to the light house and forward to North Stack you got some amazing views of the cliffs on  this side of Anglesey.

North Stack Anglesey

After walking to North Stack at the ‘end’ of Holy Island we doubled back on ourselves and made our way to the top, passing a couple of very fit looking trail runners coming the other way.

Summit of Holyhead mountainOn reaching the top the view was spectacular and you could see all of Anglesey spread out below. The airport to the South then the mountains of Snowdonia on the mainland. The port of Holyhead and the massive breakwater that protects the bay from the Irish Sea storms, a breakwater we’ve fished from before now and that regularly hosts sea angling competitions.

We’ve been coming to Anglesey for a few years now and stayed in cottages no more than 30 minutes from Holyhead mountain and this was the first time we’d been up it but it won’t be the last. With a bit of planning there are many walks and trails in the area starting from either side of the mountain.

As we’ve both taken up running who knows… maybe next time we’re up here we’ll be the ‘fit’ trail runners going up and down the hills.

Holyhead breakwater and harbour

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