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I'm still walking to Mordor
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

Mine entrance

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

This walk formed part of my Eowyn challenge journey. I am currently following Frodo and Sam's journey to Mordor and Mount Doom.

Miles travelled since last update: 52 (7 of them on the walk described in this post)
Miles travelled so far: 55 (2298 from Bag End)
Miles still to go: 415

Percentage complete: 12%

Point reached on journey:

We have continued into barren, rugged hills. There is not even any grass. We have seen the glow of Gollum's eyes in the dark! Now we are approaching the Dead Marshes, but we are lost. Finally we climb down to the bottom of ravine and look out toward Mordor.

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khiemtran From: khiemtran Date: July 27th, 2015 10:20 am (UTC) (Link)
That's a very picturesque waterfall!
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: July 27th, 2015 02:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
It is indeed. I have many photos of it taken at different times of the year.
cariadwen From: cariadwen Date: July 27th, 2015 11:02 am (UTC) (Link)
I can see why you moved there, and why you take such pleasure being there.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: July 27th, 2015 02:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was originally an inner city kid and I try never to take the beautiful scenery for granted.
athgarvan From: athgarvan Date: July 27th, 2015 11:28 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm using this summer to revisit places I served in years ago. Very interesting and well worthwhile.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: July 27th, 2015 02:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Revisiting significant places after a period of time can evoke many emotions as memories resurface. Not so long ago we spent a few days in Manchester and it was interesting to see what had remained the same and what had changed.
puddleshark From: puddleshark Date: July 27th, 2015 11:45 am (UTC) (Link)
I went there back in the 1990s when it still open to tourists - back in the days when I used to go away on holiday, no holiday was complete without a visit to a mine or caves of some description!

That's a lovely shot of the waterfall.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: July 27th, 2015 02:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Fancy that! I (very) briefly worked for Welsh Gold during the summer of 1993, which was the year they opened the mine to tourists. I was supposed to be working on their admin, I ended up serving in the gift shop before being told I wasn't wanted. Fortunately it worked out well because a part-time teaching job came up, so that was the start of my new career.

When we were young we explored many disused mines, but now I stick to ones that are officially open to the public!
sartorias From: sartorias Date: July 27th, 2015 01:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Lovely photos! If I had countryside like that I would be a walking fiend.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: July 27th, 2015 02:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'd walk more if a) I didn't have to earn a living and b) it didn't rain so much. I know rain is a luxury for you, but after several days of steady downpour, the novelty soon wears off!
sartorias From: sartorias Date: July 27th, 2015 05:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've gotten caught in some heavy downpours a couple of times, so I can totally relate! (Even if it's mostly in my imagination!)
From: cmcmck Date: July 27th, 2015 05:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Think I'd go quietly mad with the camera around those old mine workings! :o)
kaishin108 From: kaishin108 Date: July 29th, 2015 02:57 am (UTC) (Link)
Ahhh you are still walking! What lovely photos...
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