Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Allt-fawr – 31 August

IAbove the slate quarries of Blaenau Ffestiniog are a number of ridges twisting away from the A470 to Betws-Y-Coed and of these one is of interest today. Having identified the place to park and having found the ‘Footpath’ sign we set off. The footpath sign isn’t complimented by a footpath on the map which is, surely, unusual and there are no real sings on the ground which is less unusual. With the map set wrongly we headed off to one of the wrong ridges but not for long. Once through the low lying bogs which are just beginning to fill up for winter the going is good along the ridge as are the views in all directions. Most of these hill are unfamiliar so it was enjoyable identifying where we had been during the last few days. Allt-fawr sits high above the slate quarries that dominate Blaenau Ffestiniog and so provides contrasting views – industrial devastation in one direction and quiet rolling hills in the other.

20150831_001_Snowdonia-101-EditLlechwedd Slate Caverns

20150831_002_Snowdonia-105-EditGloddfa Gonal Slate Mine

20150831_003_Snowdonia-119-EditOver Llyn Conglog to Cnicht and beyond

20150831_004_Snowdonia-126-EditBoth slate quarries with the town beyond

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