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Updates! OMG.

Front Update time. The new car is ABSOLUTELY FLIPPING BRILLIANT. I’ve been driving it for a few weeks now and I can honestly say woo. Woo I say. The best thing is the Air Con. It was the hottest day of the year so far today – Not as hot as where it might be for a lot of people, but with the sun out it seemed even warmer. With the Air Con on, though, there was no need for any windows to be electrically brought down!

I went Quad biking at Catton hall on the weekend. It was brilliant. We turned up a bit early, after overestimating the drive time, but a guy was available, and so it was just us three on the entire 15km course. They’re very easy to drive, as they were automatic. It’s quite the thrill, and I recommend it to everyone, provided you’re over 18.

Last weekend we’ve started preparing ourselves to walk up Snowdon. I could probably do it now, as long as you know that there’s no turning back, but when there’s a car waiting for you back in the car park, the temptation to turn around when tired can prove too much. (Personal experience, Moel Famau) – Which leads me to think we need to park in Llanberis, and take the bus to the Pen y Pass pathways, so we need to press on to get home. Anyway, while walking up a random hill last weekend, I discovered a valley filled with bits of industrial past. Being a sucker for abandoned industrial equipment, I took some photos:

Aerial Ropeway

Looks like an old Aerial ropeway!

4 replies on “Updates! OMG.”

I must say, all the positive remarks about the abandoned infrastructure is tempting me to go out and find more. There’s so many abandoned mountaintop slate quarries in North Wales with intact buildings and machinery, some are even rumoured to still contain blasting explosives!

Hiya,

This is the cwm bychan aerial ropeway built for the copper mines in the area and to transport the ore down the valley to close to the ‘Aberglaslyn’ national trust car park. KIt was never connected to the WHR despite its proximity which is weird but probably explains why the bridge there is so large (like that on the Beddgelert road). Hope that helps.

The WHR project site states:

A walk up Cwm Bychan leads to the remains (conserved by the National Park) of the upper terminus of the aerial ropeway built for a brief 1920s revival of some of the valley’s copper workings, which date back to the 18th Century – another reminder of the industrial past of Snowdonia.

Colin

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