Day 211 Holyhead Mountain and a Flypast

Monday 2 November 2015

Holyhead to Rhosneigr (via South Stack)

15 miles

Elise’s house

A foggy morning in Holyhead.  

A rather misty Holyhead Mountain
 I was away by 8 am and walking alongside the Marina. I passed the 1.75 mile Breakwater that is the second longest in the world (after San Diego) and took 28 years to build, starting in 1845.  

Looking down on Holyhead Breakwater
 Holyhead came to prominence after the 1801 Act of Union between Britain and Ireland. Holyhead became the British town that linked the two countries and road and rail networks were built to serve it. This is why the A5 goes from London to Holyhead. Admiralty Arch, intended to mimic London’s Marble Arch, was built at the Holyhead end of the A5 (unfortunately I couldn’t find it – I think it’s buried within the port).  

Tired wild horses
 The coastal path heads part way up Holyhead Mountain (not an actual mountain at 220m) and it didn’t take me long to walk to North Stack.  

North Stack
 I met a couple on the way who had come from Bangor this morning, where it was sunny; only mist here. The only other people I met were a pair of climbers heading to climb the ‘A Dream of White Horses’. Holyhead Mountain is a bit of a climbers’ Mecca – even I have been climbing here before on a work adventure training trip.  

The view to South Stack
 I walked from North to South Stack and admired the lighthouse from high on the cliff as there didn’t seem much point in climbing down the steps when it wasn’t open.  

South Stack
 Just as I arrived, so too did a shepherd and his herd of sheep. He walks the Mountain with them every day. I recognised Manx sheep in his flock (he has 6 of them along with Hebridean and Welsh varieties) and I chuckled to myself that I’m now recognising varieties of sheep!

I stopped at the South Stack cafe for coffee and a cake before heading back to Holyhead along the road. I had made the decision not to walk the South part of Holy Island because it was too far without transport or accommodation.  

Holyhead high street
 I wandered along Holyhead high street, which wasn’t hugely inspiring, and then across to the train station to get a train back across the Stanley Embankment to Valley. This way I skipped 5 miles and got to see the other side of the embankment wall that I walked along yesterday. 

a futuristic footbridge in Holyhead, the John Skinner memorial on the hill
 Amazingly I arrived at Valley in brilliant sunshine; the mist seemed to be confined to Holy Island.  

Looking across Afon Cleifiog to Holy Island
 The path meandered alongside the Afon Cleifiog estuary towards RAF Valley. As I walked past the airfield’s runway lights I was overflown by a Hawk. A nice welcome.  

A Hawk landing at RAF Valley
 By the time I had walked around the airfield a thick fog had rolled in (a Welsh haar?). I could barely see the tip of Holy Island, even though it was only a few metres away across the sea.  

Where did this fog come from? (Looking at the SE tip of Holy Island)
 It was a long and eerie beach walk in the fog before I headed over the dunes to the bridge that crosses the Afon Crigyll on the edge of Rhosneigr.  

Holy Island through the fog
 I was staying with Elise, who I worked with in my last job. She had invited Nik Nak around for dinner as well so we had an FPP Progs reunion (just missing Scott). It was a good evening.  

A great view of a Hawk

3 thoughts on “Day 211 Holyhead Mountain and a Flypast

  1. Chris Frazer November 5, 2015 / 6:29 pm

    Dramatic cliffs and a chance to catch up ….living the dream Marshal of the Air (Retd)….. Who organised the fly past? Richie?


  2. Cayllum March 25, 2017 / 5:50 pm

    if you ever visit again, you can see the admiralty arch from the area surrounfin newry beach, its located on salt island which is nown private property surrounded, as you said by the port


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