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.
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.