One of the most striking features on the north coast of Anglesey is Porth Wen and its disused brickworks. A visit to this fascinating piece of industrial heritage adds an interesting slant to day spent traversing the coastal footpath.
Porth Wen can be approached from either Porthllechog to the east or Cemaes Bay to the west, but the former is perhaps the better option.
The walk from Porthllechog takes you along a very pleasant section of coastline slashed with small inlets. After a couple of kilometres you arrive at the Trwynbychan headland which marks the eastern edge of Porth Wen. The brickworks are located on the sheltered western side of the bay. The distinctive ‘beehive’ kilns are still largely intact, despite having lain unused since the start of the First World War. The adjacent Graig Wen, a quartzite outcrop on the hill above the bay, was the raw material source for the brickworks.
Further along the coast towards Cemaes Bay, and beyond Porth Cynfa, is Llanlleiana Head. This is the most northerly point in Wales and well worth visiting for the fine views along the northern coast of Anglesey. There are also the remains of an Iron Age hill fort here.
There is plenty of parking available in both Porthllechog and Cemaes Bay.
Mostly good footpaths, but some muddy sections, particularly during rainy periods.