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Walks from Season Four - South Stack to North Stack



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Walk Info
Distance
4½ miles (7.2 km)
Minimum time
2½ hours
Ascent/gradient
886 ft  (270 m)
Level of difficulty
Medium
Paths
Well-maintained paths and tracks
Map
Explorer OL262
Start/finish
Grid SH 210 818
Dogs?
Keep on leads
Parking      
RSPB Pay & Display Car Park
Public Transport
Bus - 22 from Holyhead, Summer Hill
Toilets/Refreshments
Just up road from car park
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Route Directions

  • Take the path signed for the RSPB centre, past Ellin's Tower, then climb along the path back to the road and follow it to its end.

  • Here, a detour to visit South Stack Lighthouse is recommended, then climb right on a path passing a concrete shelter.

  • This path turns right to go around the aerials and dishes.

  • Continue to follow the path as it works its way over the north shoulder of Holyhead Mountain.

  • Ignore the paths to the summit, and keep left on a good path heading north towards North Stack.

  • After passing through a grassy walled enclosure the path descends in a zig-zag mannor down some steep slopes before coming to a rocky platform, where the Fog Signal Station and the island of North Stackcome into full view.

  • Retrace your steps back up the zig-zags and towards Holyhead Mountain.

  • Head towards the summit path and take a narrow path heading sharp left across the heath.

  • The trek to the top of the mountain is an easy one.

  • Once at the summit, bear right as the path comes to a wall. Follow the path downhill towards rough pastureland.

  • Go down a grassy walled track before turning right along another one. This becomes a rough path through more heathland, now on the south-side of Holyhead Mountain.

  • Near to the disused quarry, head right alongside the rocks of the Holyhead Mountain.

  • Those aerials and dishes can be seen again in front.  Follow the path towards them, and as the path leads between them, the road is front.

  • Turn left along the road to the car park.



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Relevant Links


For information about the clothing Andrew has been wearing throughout season four, click here.


Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust - Daneshill Lakes
For more information about the facilities and events at Daneshill Lakes, the Wildlife Trust's website is the place to visit.

Relevant Links


South Stack Lighthouse Visitor Centre
The excellent visitor's centre is well worth a stop on this walk.
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