“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – Lao Tzu
With that quote in mind, we want to highlight the amazing adventure opportunities that are on our doorstep here on the amazing Holy Island, Holyhead. Here are our top 5 adventures in Holyhead.
1. Trail Running/Walking/Hiking
Holyhead is an island off an island. The coastal paths are part of the Wales Coastal Path 870 miles from the southern border of England all the way to the northern border.
What I really love about the Holyhead coastal path is the fact the whole coastal path equates to 26.2 miles. For those who don’t know it is exactly marathon distance. There are many entries and exit points along the route so you don’t have to go out and run the whole thing.
You will come across, the second largest breakwater in the world, pass through the industrial port of Holyhead, through the forests of Penrhos, then through the marshes and inland sea of four-mile bridge, the rugged sea cliffs of Rhoscholyn, sandy beaches of Trearddur Bay and Porthdafach, one of the largest heather colony in the UK and you then have to tackle Holyhead Mountain standing at 220m above sea level passing the iconic south stack lighthouse. There are not many marathons where you have so much to keep you occupied from the pain of running.
2. Mountain Biking
There are many options for mountain biking. Again, you can follow the coastal path crossing the amazing landscape of Holyhead. The real fun to be had on a mountain bike is Holyhead Mountain. You can ride from summit to sea. Beware though. The mountain should be reserved for experienced riders as the trails are very technical and require a good level of skill.
3. Coasteering/ Cliff Jumping
For the adrenaline junkies this a must. The amazing, rugged sea cliffs at Porth Dafarch beach and deep coves make for adrenaline pumping 70ft+ jumps. We do not advise to do this activity solo. You will need a buoyancy aid in case of emergency. Please visit Anglesey Outdoors who run guided tours and have experts to show you the amazing and adventurous route that start at the beach. PS don’t forget to ask what the names of certain jumps are.
Holyhead is renowned for its big tidal ranges and wind making it ideal for sailing and wind surfing. The Holyhead sailing club was established in 1905 and is home for 600 memebers with around 170 spots for mooring.
Holyhead is also home to two world renowned kayak manufacturers. Nigel Dennis Kayaks and Rockpool kayaks. If you are in the market for a bespoke sea kayak then look no further than these guys. They have provided kayaks for world famous expeditions. They can also advise on amazing sea kayaking routes.
A more leisurely way to experience the water is take a paddle board. The are many establishments that offer paddle hire. Here you can enjoy the sandy bay of Trearddur bay. You can explore the harbour of Holyhead Marina. You can also explore some of the coves and caves of Porthdafarch along with some tours that will take you round to the south stack lighthouse to give you a view of the lighthouse and sea cliffs that are home to some of the rarest seabirds in the world.
5. Road Cycling
Road Cycling at this current moment is my favourite activity to do here in Holyhead. The roads are relatively smooth and pothole free. You can also go further afield onto the Isle of Anglesey where there will be more amazing coastal locations, amazing historical landmarks, and cafes to refuel. You will not be disappointed in what you take in, in just a few hours on the bike.
Beware though! Some people will tell you that Anglesey is quite flat. This is the biggest myth when it comes to cycling in Holyhead and Anglesey. Yes there aren’t many alpine climbs but the rolling hills are endless.
Add in the crazy winds and you are in for tough ride. The views you get to take in make it all worth it.
6. BONUS - Rock Climbing
Holyhead Mountain, also known in the climbing world as Gogarth is home to world class trad routes. From exposed mountain slabs to staggering coastal routes there are many routes. There are a few beginner routes but the climbing tends to be more intermediate to advanced climbing.
All the routes can be found in the North Wales Climbing Guide.
SO….. What are you waiting for? Get down to one of our coffee shops, grab a coffee and cake, chat to us about adventure, then get outside and enjoy what Holyhead and Mother Nature has for you.
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