The Anglesey sea cliffs provide Adventure climbing with a capital A. On Ynys Gybi (Holy Isle), from Rhoscolyn to North Stack there is a wealth of spectacular and challenging opportunities for the climber. A veritable smorgasbord of bewildering rock formations; convoluted geological intrusions, vast sea caves and arches, sea stacks and promontories, all constantly evolving with the rhythm of the sea and tides. On this canvas the climber must first descend before ascending. Commitment before fulfilment.
Abseiling into Main Cliff in Gogarth Bay. South Stack in the background.
The climbing on these cliffs is always special. The sparkle of the sea, the roar of the surf, the tang of salt spray, the cry of the gulls, the whistle of the choughs, the curious seals and the glimpse of arching dolphins; the rough feel of the quartzite, the soaring cracks, the dizzying drops; the senses are loaded with such memories. This is why Anglesey draws climbers.
Convoluted rock on The Mousetrap, South Stack.
Nick Crane enjoying Anglesey sea cliffs whilst filming for Coast.
For the inexperienced climber wishing to savour the delights of climbing on the island, Holyhead Mountain offers a more gentle introduction. Even from here the sea still exerts its influence, always visible in the panorama of stunning views with the mountains of Snowdonia and the Lleyn Peninsula providing the distant backdrop.
Climbing on Holyhead Mountain.
The Ground Up series of climbing guidebooks comprehensively cover the climbing on Anglesey in two volumes, Gogarth North and Gogarth South.
Graham Desroy is a local outdoor consultant, and has spend the vast majority of his free time climbing, sea kayaking and surfing on and around Anglesey for over twenty years.
Graham Desroy in his element.
All photographs © Graham Desroy