Porth Wen Brickworks
This circular walk on Anglesey visits the Porth Wen Brickworks before heading to the nearby Dinas Gynfor coastal hillfort and Llanlleiana Porcelain Works. It's an interesting area with fascinating history and wonderful coastal views. The route runs for just under 3 miles with some small hill climbs on the way. It uses a mixture of public footpaths and quiet country lanes. There's also a section along the Anglesey Coast Path which runs through the area.
You can start the walk from the road just to the west of the site where there is some roadside parking. From here you can pick up footpaths up to the brickworks. The scheduled ancient monument consists of a disused Victorian brickworks which produced fire bricks, made from quartzite (silica) used to line steel-making furnaces. The remains include a number of buildings and some of the machinery. It's a photgoenic spot with the coastal scenery making a wonderful backdrop to the old buildings.
After exploring the site you can pick up the coast path and follow it west to Hell's Mouth or Porth Cynfor and the hill fort of Dinas Gynfor. From the elevated position of the fort there are fine views down to Porth Llanlleiana and across to Middle Mouse island. Just to the south of the fort you will find Llanlleiana Porcelain Works. Here you'll find more ruined buildings, which when operational, produced porcelain from deposits of china clay found on Dinas Gynfor.
After exploring the site the route heads east along the country lane passing Bryn Llewelyn before returning to the start point.
PostcodeLL68 9LH - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Porth Wen Brickworks Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
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Porth Wen Brickworks Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Head west in Cemaes and you can enjoy refreshments at The Stag Inn. The pub is located in the village centre and has a very good menu and selection of drinks. It's dog friendly and there's also a beer garden to sit out and relax in. You can find it on the High St at postcode LL67 0EW for your sat navs.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
To continue your walking in the area follow the coast path west to visit the beautiful Cemaes Bay. The bay is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which is also partly owned by the National Trust.
Head east along the coast and you will come to Amlwch. The coastal town is well worth exploring with a visit to the Copper Kingdom visitor centre in Port Almwch recommended. Here you can learn all about the history of Amlwch's 18th century “Copper Rush” in a series of interesting exhibitions. The splendid Amlwch Walk will take you along the coast to the historic lighthouse and viewpoint at Point Lynas. To the west there's also the beautiful neighbouring village of Bull Bay, the most northerly village in Wales.