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July 27th, 2015 - Helen's journal and online home — LiveJournal
In which an old dog attempts to learn new tricks.
The trip to London got this leg of the journey off to a good start. I'm hoping to keep up the pace now I'm actually heading for Mordor. Of course there are still more journeys to explore and I can follow the characters all the way home, but right now, the journey is heading for the climax as Frodo struggles towards Mount Doom. See the bottom of the post for mileage details, but here's where I really went...

We live at the southern end of the Snowdonia National Park and there are so many beautiful locations around here that there is no shortage of places to walk. Then time slips by and, before you notice, it's nearly three years since you visited a favourite place and you decide it's time to go back.

Currently, the weather is alternating Summery with Definitely Not Summery, so we grabbed the chance last Thursday to escape to the forest for a walk. It was a lovely day sandwiched between two days of heavy rain.

I've already posted the B&W arty photo I took that day, the coiled wire and broken window of one of the old mine buildings, so here is a general view of the old mine site.

Old mine buildings

Gwynfynydd mine has a long history, but was last worked seriously in the 1990s. They tried supplementing the income from gold by having part of the mine open to tourists, but for various reasons it closed in 1999 and nothing has been done with the site since.

Photo showing the entrance to the old workings can be found behind here...Collapse )

I love the comment on this website:

"Still privately owned, explorers are most unwelcome. The river turns orange when people enter the mine, giving the game away!"

So don't even think of trespassing. :) Actually, G has been through the mine several times and I climbed all the way up it once. You used to be able to enter the mine through this tunnel, climb up the old ladders up the mineshafts and walk along the old tunnels until you finally come out on the top of the hill above. But that was in about 1982 during a period when the mine was disused and before it re-opened in 1993. It was unsafe enough then, I don't think nearly 25 more years of decay would have done much for the state of the ladders that were already crumbling and rotting back then.

But it's not all ruins. The old industrial site is set in the most beautiful forest. Here, not far from the mine is the spectacular waterfall Pistyll Cain.

Pistyll Cain in the Coed y Brenin

Mileage details are here...Collapse )

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