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Dorothea Quarry
After being ill before Christmas and the horrible weather combined with the Christmas holidays, it's been ages since I ventured further than the Co-op in town, but today G and I ignored the pouring rain and went to meet a friend (plus her three dogs) at some old slate quarries that I'd never visited before.

Nantlle Valley

There were several huge holes, now filled with water and very popular with divers who like to explore the hidden depths, though in fact there's nothing down there that can't equally well be seen in a non-flooded quarry. We just walked around looking at the old workings and found the big engine house which once housed a stationary steam engine that used to pump water from the mines. In fact the engine is still in there and a group had hoped to get an EU grant to restore it to working order, but Brexit will have put a stop to that, of course. :(


The engine house.

Old engine house

This grandiose gateway seemed to lead to miners' accommodation.

Old mine buildings


The rain more or less stopped for a few hours around midday, so we didn't get too wet. Now we're back home warming up. I want to go back on a day with good light and take the DSLR because there are some very photogenic quarries and old buildings there.

Flooded quarry
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sartorias From: sartorias Date: January 2nd, 2018 08:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Those are really lovely!
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: January 3rd, 2018 05:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. The place was really dramatic but it needs better light and the good camera to really do it justice.
sallymn From: sallymn Date: January 3rd, 2018 09:38 am (UTC) (Link)
I have a total soft spot for quarries...
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: January 3rd, 2018 05:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
We visit them often as my husband is writing a geology book about North Wales. However, next week's trip (weather permitting) is to some abandoned gold mines.
sallymn From: sallymn Date: January 6th, 2018 12:12 am (UTC) (Link)
ooooh, gold.......
lab_jazz From: lab_jazz Date: January 4th, 2018 01:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Lovely photos, so misty and damp.
I love real old buildings.
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