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In which an old dog attempts to learn new tricks.
An unexpected sunny day
After the storm Doris passed through yesterday, today we had a brief taste of summer to come.

I therefore phoned to apologise to my elderly friends who I normally visit on Fridays and instead we had a trip to Porthmadog to leave Graham's watches at the jewellers to get a new battery for one and a new strap for the other. While they were being repaired, we drove to Rhyd and had a walk through the forest to the old lead mine.

This is near the start of the walk looking back at the village of Rhyd.


This forest was destroyed by fire some years ago (probably about 30?) but you'd never know now. Looking back down the forest path.

Forest path

After climbing for a while through the forest, you pop out unexpectedly onto the top of a hill with some amazing views of Snowdon and the surrounding mountains. Snowdon is peeking out from under the cloud and has a sprinkling of snow on the summit, but as you can see, the winter has been very mild and all the other hills are snow free.


Finally, after a pleasant walk across the upland grazing, we reached the lead mine. We didn't explore the mine and in fact there aren't many traces of the mine workings left. Sadly, back in the 1960s, the Forestry Commission demolished the old mine buildings, though traces of old walls can still be seen in the forest. Anyway, here in the mine itself.

Lead mine near Rhyd

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sartorias From: sartorias Date: February 24th, 2017 09:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
What lovely photos!
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: February 25th, 2017 01:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. It was one glorious day sandwiched between a horrible storm and a day of incessant drizzle, so something of a gift.
puddleshark From: puddleshark Date: February 25th, 2017 10:22 am (UTC) (Link)
Beautiful! I love that distance glimpse of the snow on Snowdonia, and the old mines make for a wonderfully Romantic landscape shot.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: February 25th, 2017 01:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
It does rather! The vegetation has covered these lead mine remains quite well. I therefore conclude that it was never very extensive because the huge lead mine in Mid-Wales at Cwmystwyth is still pretty bare and desolate because of the poisonous minerals.
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