Rugged cliff top walks, amazing scenery and with a little bit of industrial heritage., Holyhead Breakwater Country Park is a hidden gem that I knew nothing about until yesterday
Situated on the isle of Anglesey, North Wales the park takes in some of the coastline to the east/west of the Port of Holyhead (more about that in a later post).
Setting off from the visitors centre I followed the well laid out coastal path towards the cliffs.
Along the way I found a nice wooden bench to sit and watch the world go by for a while.
Except I didn’t see a soul whilst I was there. Peace and solitude, except for the calls from the gulls on the cliffs.
Can’t sit around all day, so through a wooden gate, onto a more rugged path, to be met with a rich carpet of yellow and purple.
I’m almost at the cliffs, part of the reason I’ve headed this way is the warden told me there were some really good views from the cliffs.. I’m a bit disappointed at this point. I’ve seen far better in the Snowdonia National Park, but hey, I’ve got my camera and I’m enjoying the walk.
The warden told me once I reached this point, I could take the path further on along the cliffs and complete a circular route back to the visitors centre.
Seemed a good idea at the time, when he suggested it, but from this point the route gets really rugged with a walk along the cliff edge. On the Horizon, almost dead centre you can see one of the ferries from Ireland heading to the port of Holyhead.
Nearly all day the sky had been pretty grey and flat, now the wind was starting to get up as well and I felt pretty exposed out there on the cliffs. In the end I decided discretion was the better part of valour. I was out on the narrow cliff path with no one around, if I had an accident I could be in trouble.
Don’t get me wrong here. I didn’t think I was in any trouble but I’ve always said “no photograph is worth putting yourself in harm’s way to get”. It probably was safe to go on but the path was getting more rugged and starting to climb steeply up the cliff side.
So I turned back. I still had the industrial side to look at and the way that sky was getting darker I was worried about rain.
Luckily it stayed off and I was able to carry on wandering around the park. There were some ruins hidden away in the undergrowth.
Not much of them left. the walk through the yellow gorse was of more interest.
Near the visitors centre are the part remains of a brick works, here at least some of the buildings remain a bit more intact.
Everything is fenced off though. You can walk around but you are not able to touch. Does mean you have to shoot through a fence, but I can work with that.
Well that’s it. I enjoyed the walk out to the cliffs, the industrial heritage was a bit of a disappointment. There’s far better buildings that you can get at throughout the Snowdonia National Park. I can recommend Dinorwic Slate Quarry or the National Slate Museum, both of which are at Llanberis if you want to see real industrial heritage buildings.
Later this week I’ll post about Holyhead port – Mike