Geotrail leaflets to download
Geomôn staff have published a range of geowalks in the AONB Magazine ‘Swn y Mor’ (presented here as PDF files to download) : and in our publication “Footsteps through Time” (one shown here as an example), but if following any of our trails please be sure to follow accepted codes on hammering [please don’t], collection of samples [only material already broken off] and general countryside codes [take nothing but photographs, leave nothing but footprints]. Most of Anglesey is a protected site.
Fossil and sample collection
GeoMon UNESCO Global Geopark is signatory to the European Geoparks Network Charter which forbids the sale of fossils and mineral specimens by its partner organisations. Fossils are a limited resource, rock exposures are damaged permanently by hammering and collecting, though often there are pebbles on the beaches collectable as souvenirs.
The Geopark does not permit the sale of fossils by its partners nor does it promote the collection of fossils from within its boundaries, indeed their collection from many of the sites listed is forbidden by law. Follow the Countryside Code
- Be safe – plan ahead and follow any signs
- Leave gates and property as you find them
- Protect plants and animals, and take your litter home
- Keep dogs under close control
- Consider other people
- take nothing but photographs and memories, leave nothing but footprints!
Geology Field work
please follow the Code for Geological Fieldwork as published by the Geological Society of London
Our geotrails follow public footpaths or open access land such as beaches. Nevertheless, you should consider the safety aspects of following any suggested route, such as dressing appropriately for the weather; wearing suitable footwear [some paths are steep and rocky, others can be wet , muddy and slippery] and taking care over rough ground. Rocky shores are notoriously slippy in wet conditions.
Walking Through the PAST
a series of geological trails exploring specific locations :
Eglwys St. Cristiolus Church, Llangristiolus : the burial place of Edward Greenly, explore the geology of the churchyard written by Cynthia Burek. Download leaflet
Beaumaris : explore the building stones and local geological features around this popular town
in preparation : explore Holyhead town, see local geology, use of various rock types in the town and the local landscape. This walk will start out at Fish Dock and end at the start of the Breakwater.
Geotrails written by John Conway published in Swn y Mor [ magazine of the AONB]
A walk around the Breakwater Park and coast in Holyhead Breakwater Park Geotrail
Exploring the South stack area, geology, soils, botany, birds and humans from Neolithic settlement to Victorian lighthouse.
Explore the geology along the northern side of Red Wharf Bay Red Wharf Bay Geotrail
Making a change, no rocks, but plenty of sediments, soils, sand dunes and coastal processes to see from Newborough Warren to Abermenai Point .
Take a walk along the beach from Newborough forest car park out to Landdwyn Island to explore the amazing geology there.
Starting on top of Bodafon mountain, then transfer down to Lligwy beach; explore the Devonian landscape with its Precambrian quartzite mountain and see the rocks deposited during the Devonian period Bodafon
Explore the coastline from Aberffraw to Porth Cwyfan
From Porth Trecastell over the headland at Barclodiad y Gawres and along the coast to Rhosneigr
Wander around the headland at Penmon Penmon geotrail
No in-situ rocks, but plenty to find amongst the glacial deposits at Lleiniog on this trail towards Beaumaris
*** Just published *** walk from Holyhead Market Hall along Newry Beach and the “rocky coast” across Mynydd Twr to South Stack.
Geotrails published in “Footsteps”
“Footsteps” is a lavishly illustrated, detailed book available for purchase from this website with 14 detailed geotrails. here we publish one free to download as an example
Gallows Point Footsteps Trail – on the Menai strait near Beaumaris, this site shows a number of dykes intruded into gneiss and schistose rocks
Cemaes rock trail
Red Wharf Bay