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    Posted: 07 May 2019 at 21:54
The Snowdonia Slate Trail is an 83 mile circular walk taking in the abandoned quarries of this lost industry. On a damp Friday, a group of us walked from Croesor to Llan Ffestiniog.

1. Low cloud and the skeleton of a tree and a farmhouse near the start of the section.


2. The remains of a winding house at the top of an incline, down which slate would be lowered in wagons.


3. Looking down at the gently ascending track that brought us here.


4. Spoil wagon, used for disposal of slate waste.


5. Ladder by a disused dam.


6. The extensive remains of the Rhosydd quarry. The buildings on the right were houses for quarrymen and their families.


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9. Houses


10. Rear view


11. Our group


12. Chapel ruin


13. Llyn Cwmorthin. The Rhosydd and Cwmorthin quarries run into each other, I'm not sure where one ends and the other begins.


14. Water is plentiful around here.


15. The sun came out for our picnic at Tanygrisiau, then a delightful path took us through woods and bluebells.


16. View from a footbridge.


17. An intriguing inscribed stone in a wall.


18. The stone in context, with a ruined building.




 



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Fantastic images.
The inscription in 17 could be the first inkling of an emailaddress?

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A fascinating series Alan. The buildings look like medieval ruins but are not that old I imagine. Looks like you had a fair bit of rain!
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Alan,
Fine images, with a heavy touch of sadness that what had once been a thriving industry has fallen into ruin, extinguishing the community it supported.
The conditions look to have been somewhat challenging, but despite all that you have found beauty and grandeur.
My stand-outs are ##1, 15 and especially 13.
Thanks for sharing.
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83 serious miles?

but stunning! both scenery and pics, great series!
you could almost touch the clouds?!
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Great series Alan, nice compositions and views and I like how the rain and mist brought out many more colours in the slate and greenery vs. what you would see on a dry day.
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Thanks for all your comments

It ws damp or drizzle most of the day, which as Pieter remarked is optimal for bringing out the colours and putting a sheen on the slate. It's a challenging walk logistically since there are few accomodation possibilities along the way, and sparse bus services. As we were a local group we could do it as a day section and organise our own transport. The group leader is doing the whole walk in stages but most of the others are only walking parts of it.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote der dickgg Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 May 2019 at 15:36
So impressed! Did some strolling in the UK but never in Wales. I ought to do so once... Love your impression,    TFS!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote alanfrombangor Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 May 2019 at 19:11
Thanks Dick. I forgot to mention that I foolishly forgot to change lens after the April challenge so all these were taken with the Sony 35/1.8 DT on my A77.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Robbie Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 May 2019 at 21:11
Originally posted by alanfrombangor alanfrombangor wrote:

I forgot to mention that I foolishly forgot to change lens after the April challenge so all these were taken with the Sony 35/1.8 DT on my A77.
Not the worst choice as this fine series illustrates. The track seems to be very challenging especially under those unfavourable weather conditions. Thanks for sharing!
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