Friday, 19 September 2014

A four and a half mile walk over Holyhead mountain from South Stack via the Summit to North Stack and return.

We parked at the end of the road past the RSPB car park. The start of the coastal path is here so after a couple of photos of South Stack lighthouse off we went. A steady climb passing a deserted coastguard lookout, further on as we approached the aerials an assortment of small buildings on our right, a hundred yards on we pick up the main path turning left, after a few hundred yards further you pick up a  sign for the summit or Copa in Welsh. This path is further on, on the right and is pretty well a set of stairs up to the trig point. On our arrival here we could see very little, it was a dull misty day but not cold we could barely make out Holyhead. A couple more pictures and off we went towards Holyhead, we appeared to be moving in the wrong direction but another few hundreds of yards we came upon a cross path, a left turn here and now we are moving in the right direction towards North Stack. After a while we meet the track for vehicles, this can never be called a road and its very difficult to imagine how a vehicle gets up it. Before long we arrive at North Stack and make this our lunch stop. We sat on the side of what the climbers call the white horse, watching the seals below, there were three that we could see. Refreshed we started our way back to South Stack, having forgotten what you come down you have to climb back up. This walk is not for the faint hearted, but after a few hundred yards up you then get similiar in a downward direction eventually we arrive back at the car. Four and a half miles, three hours and no sun, we have been here on clear days and you can see for miles, but not today.


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