September 12th, 2019
Earlier this week on the Oakeley blog we explored the fascinating history of our industrial coastline, and today we’re heading out on a local walk to delve deeper in the history that shaped our nation’s coastline.
Explore Anglesey’s industrial heritage at Parys Mountain.
Where: Amlwch, Anglesey
Distance: Approx 5 miles
Difficulty: Moderate – one steep climb
Start: Amlwch Port Car Park (Leave A55 at second exit after bridge – signed for A5025 and continue through Pentraeth and Benllech to reach Penysarn at a right turn (signposted for Penysarn and Nebo). Continue to village, pass small Post Office on right then turn left uphill to find small car park on left. Nearest postcode for sat nav LL69 9YB (approx)
Grid Ref: SH 461 906
OS Explorer 263 Anglesey East
1: Leave the car park, turn right back down road and then right again at junction. Immediately after the post office, turn left down narrow lane and continue under road bridge. Pass two houses on left (Bron yr Aur and Tan Rhald) then by sharp left bend turn right fto go through gate at footpath sign. Continue along green path until you reach the first water pit.
2: Follow way-marked path to right and cross the stream. Follow path to gate then a little further ahead take left fork around lake edge. Path leads through gorse then turn left at a join with wider track.
3: Follow this to road and turn right, continuing until you see a footpath sign on the right near a left bend and (signposted for Bryn Parys Cottage). Take this lane, pass cottage and over stile. Follow way-marker through gorse to reach track, turning left and then over the crossroads to walk towards car park. Before the main gate take path on right, which runs parallel to main road, then follow the lower path.
4: Continue on this uphill then at a fork stay left, and left again at a second fork to take a narrow path downhill. You can see the old engine house here as the path heads towards it. Pass the engine house then after the metal gate/barrier, turn right. At a fork stay right to pass lakes on the right and continue to eventually reach the main road.
5: Turn right and walk along the pavement for a short distance until you see a cemetery on the left. Cross over here and turn left through the gate just after the cemetery entrance. Follow the field edge to the right and under the power lines.
6: By the top edge of the field look to the left and find a gate. Walk across the field to this and go through it then turn right. Continue along this as it passes a house and then turn left when you reach the road. Walk into the village then take the lane on the left after the post office to return to the car park.
Points of Interest
1: The “y” in Penysarn is not usually pronounced, and literally translated the village name means “at the end of the causeway”.
2: Due to a shortage of coin currency in the 1800s, the Parys Mountain mines produced their own coin, dubbed the Parys Penny.
**These directions are for guidance only. The Oakeley Arms can accept no responsibility for any loss, damage or injury resulting from the use of this information. The information quoted is correct at the time of writing. Always take a map with you and be prepared for the weather for turn. Do not venture out in bad weather.