Mynydd Parys Photowalk

07 July 2019

10:00 - 14:00

Mynydd Parys, Anglesey
On the B5111
United Kingdom
LL68 9RE

Non RPS Member£5.00 
RPS Member£0.00 

Please read the accompanying risk assessment, by following this link

Risk Assessment Mynydd Parys

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Mynydd Parys Photowalk

This event is free for RPS members

A 2.4 mile/3.9km walk around Mynydd Parys (Parys Mountain) on Anglesey, which has been worked as a copper mine since the Bronze Age and during the 18th century was the largest copper mine in Europe. The huge, mainly hand-dug, Great Opencast mine is still an awesome sight, with the colourful ocherous soils (impregnated with copper, lead and sulphur and supporting little vegetation) creating a unique desert-like alien landscape which has been used a backdrop for a number of films and TV programmes.

The dramatic, stony landscape appears barren, but it supports a variety of wildlife, including birds such as skylark, meadow pipit and chough.  Plants that are able to tolerate high concentrations of copper and zinc are able to survive there.  The area has distant views of Snowdonia, with the peak of Mount Snowdon visible on clear days.  There should be plenty of photographic opportunities including landscape shots of the mine, multi-coloured spoil heaps, precipitation ponds, etc., architectural shots of the disused mine buildings and close-up and macro shots of the various rocks, ores and accumulated detritus.


Meet at 10:00 in the free car park Co-ordinates: 53°23'17.1"N 4°21'04.0"W, 53.388084, -4.351098

Grid Reference: SH 43738 90486


Map - Mynydd Parys



The route follows a marked path (don’t stray from this route as there are hidden mine shafts and pits) taking in the Great Opencast pit, windmill tower, beam engine house and precipitation ponds.  The route surface is mainly loose, small gravel and rocks with a maximum ascent of 258 ft/79 m and is not considered suitable for wheelchair users and requires suitable stout footwear and use of walking poles or sticks if needed.


There are no café or toilet facilities on site, so participants are recommended to bring their own lunch or make use of the facilities at the Sail Loft Café in Amlwch (Pen Cei, Amlwch LL68 9DB) 2.7 miles/4.3km away.

Contact Details

Organiser: Simon Cotter LRPS Email: Mobile: 07824 384639

Simon Cotter LRPS
Email the event organiser
Mobile: 07824 384639

Region: North Wales