GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Parys Mountain

5 miles (8 km)

This circular walk on the Isle of Anglesey visits the fascinating disused copper mines of Parys Mountain. The mountain was mined for copper ore in the earlyBronze Age and dominated the world's copper market during the 1780s, when the mine was the largest in Europe. The mines are an extraordinary sight, rich with various ores and minerals. The striking mixture of colours and shadows from the undulating hills are very picturesque. From the elevated position there are wonderful views of the Anglesey coast and countryside. There is also an old windmill and a number of pools/ponds.
The walk starts from the little village of Penysarn where there is a car park (You could also start from the car park at the northern end of the mountain on the B5111. This is shown on the street view link below).You then follow waymarked footpaths around the mountain with views towards Almwich Port to the north and the nearby Trysglwynwind farmto the south. A unique walk it is well worth bringing your camera to capture this extraordinary landscape.
Cyclists can reach the mountain by following the wonderful Copper Trail Cycle Route which is named after the mountain.

Postcode

LL68 9RE - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Parys Mountain OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Parys Mountain Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Pubs/Cafes

Head north into Amlwch and you could enjoy refreshments at The Queens Head. You can find them at 9 Queen St, Amlwch LL68 9AE.

Dog Walking

The expansive area is great for dog walking and the Queens Head mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Head north and you could pick up the Anglesey Coast Path. If you follow it west you can visit some other highlights of the area at Cemaes Bay, the fascinating Porth Wen Brickworks and Cemlyn Bay.
The expansive Llyn Alaw lies just to the south west and is a good place for fishing and wildlife spotting.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Anglesey Walks page.

Photos

View of modern mine on Parys Mountain - geograph.org.uk - 468723

View of modern mine on Parys Mountain. This view is from the Parys Mountain Copper Mines public car park. There is an Industrial Heritage Trail, comprising 7 features which can be seen within a 1-2 hour visit following the trail. Over 4000 years of mining history continues today from this modern mine.

View point, Parys Mountain - geograph.org.uk - 924239

View point, Parys Mountain. The information board at the viewing platform on the industrial heritage trail at the copper mines.

Parys Mountain windmill

The windmill. The Summit Windmill was built in 1878, in the hope of reducing pumping costs for the deepening mine shafts. The windmill was unique in Anglesey in having five sails.

Copper Mines, Parys Mountain - geograph.org.uk - 924561

Copper Mines and wildflowers. Purple heather is the predominant plant in the acidic environment of Parys Mountain, but at the edges some other plants produce a colourful contrast.

The Great Opencast, Parys Mountain - geograph.org.uk - 924568

The Great Opencast. Copper from these mines dominated the world's markets in the 1780s.

Precipitation ponds, Parys Mountain - geograph.org.uk - 927538

Precipitation ponds. Scrap iron was added to copper-rich water in a sequence of purpose-built, brick-lined precipitation ponds in order to obtain purer copper metal.

Modern mine on Parys Mountain - geograph.org.uk - 927525

Modern mine. The view from the heritage trail towards the modern mine run by Anglesey Mining plc.

Pearl Engine House, Parys Mountain - geograph.org.uk - 927541

Pearl Engine House. A Cornish beam engine was installed in 1819 to pump water from the adjacent shaft.

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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