A few weeks ago I told you about a new site I had found just south of South Stack Lighthouse on Holyhead Mountain, which faces the direction of Trearddur Bay. You can read my news story here. Over the last two weeks the wind in Anglesey has been North West or West North West, so further experimentation was necessary. I found a brilliant North West slope on the mountain, which overlooks the Irish Sea with fabulous lift – just follow the seagulls is the best advice. They soar to their heart’s content.
I had studied the Satellite Google Map, and could see a road which went right up to the slope, but when I arrived at the South Stack car park near the 374 steps down to the lighthouse, there was a barrier and padlock preventing access, so I parked next to the gate and ventured along the coast to find a suitable landing area.
Most of Holyhead mountain is littered with stones which would imperil any mouldie and I had my new Voltij with me, so I searched for some suitable heather covered landing areas.
After walking along the coast I found, about quarter of a mile inland a lovely heather covered sloping landing area, albeit still in lift and close to the radio station there and mast. Over the edge are the famous Gogarth cliffes where climbers abseil down to climb back up – not for me – it gave me the colliwobbles just to go near the edge. It’s a long way down the sea! Gave me collywobbles
Anyway, 2 weeks ago I happily soared up and down the North West slope and landed safely each time. Today, the wind was on the corner facing South Stack, so I had to gain lift on the corner, and land in the heather further along. It was not as easy, but doable. There are other potential landing areas quite a long way back over the back of the hill, but not as easy to locate.
I have done another map of the area where I was, which you will see below.
I have also done one or two photos which I have posted in our gallery here.
Give it a try, the lift is good and smooth – on a par with the Orme I would say.