Porth Wen Brickworks was a Victorian brick manufacturing facility producing fire bricks made from quartzite. These special bricks were used to line steel furnaces all over. Built in the mid 19th century and producing bricks up until 1914, it opened again briefly from 1924 – 1949.
There are a few spaces to park your car but not many, basically grass verges. The best option is to park at Llanbadrig Church and walking across the coastal path. This will take a lot longer than the grass verges closer to the brickworks.
The path down to the brickworks is under a tunnel of bramble and trees which adds to the wonder. As you come to the end of path be mindful as there is significant drop at the bottom. The path ends at the top of a roofless 3 storey building, the back of which uses the rock under foot as part the rear wall. Its not too dangerous to navigate. However if you have children or an energetic dog with you its definitely something to be aware of.
The site still has its buildings in various states of disrepair. The tide has made its way into one of the buildings removing part of the foundations. In general the site can be seen for what it is with various bits of non operational machinery in places.
The kilns are in good condition, two of which are accessible. The old dock is still visible however the tides constant decay is gradually wearing away at the wall, one section has already gone.
The views around the bay are stunning, there is a natural stone arch at the properties edge. The brickworks have an almost other worldly feel about them, the remoteness of the location helps add to this.
A great walk with some amazing views to take in, particularly if coming via the church path. An almost wondrous place you don’t want to miss, it’s one of Angleseys hidden gems.
You can park close the Porth Wen Brickworks, there is maybe enough room for 4 cars. Pull in on the grass verge at the start of the pathway. The closest post code is Amlwch LL68 9LH.
You can fish into the bay too from the stone walls. It really is a great place, scenery, photography, fishing, walking, there is something for tastes. Have a look, you won’t regret it.