Holyhead breakwater

A walk along Holyhead breakwater is great exercise and provides some fantastic views of the coast of Anglesey and perhaps, if you’re lucky, Ireland and the Isle of Man. We visited a few weeks ago, in August, and parked at the Breakwater Country Park, where there’s a cafe and gallery. We walked along the lane and then along the breakwater to the end and back. It’s not a long or arduous walk and there are great views and fresh, salty air. Here are some pics.

Battlements by the entrance to the breakwater!
More defences
Holyhead Mountain from the breakwater

It’s the longest breakwater in the UK at around 1.7miles. It was built to protect the shipping between Ireland and Wales (mainland UK) using the port from northerly winds and bad weather and construction commenced in 1848. Rock was quarried from nearby Holyhead Mountain, but the work was dangerous. Up to 1300 men were engaged in the project but sadly 40 died during the work.

Looking along the breakwater east, Anglesey beyond
Cruise ship docking
Fishing boat with Anglesey and the Skerries beyond
End of the breakwater

There have been many shipwrecks off this coast. I wrote a poem about a famous one – The Primrose Hill and recorded it here:

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