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Penygadair

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Cwmorthin & Rhosydd 09/05/17 Part 2
« on: 13:28:33, 06/06/17 »
Part 1 ended at Rhosydd Stables 9but only cos I ran out of time) I spent some minutes there talking to two of the guys who have been responsible for the conservation work carried out - all by public donation.


Walking up the track to Rhosydd a vista of the valley is obtained.





Rhosydd Stables and the Conglog mill are in the foreground. The stone pillars supported a wire hoist which brought slate down from the quarry adit which is under the trackway I'm on. The quarry manager's house is in the trees to the left wilst the ruins of Cwmorthin Uchaf farm are distant left. I felt some sympathy for the quarrymen of old who had to climb this track every day whist the manager rode up on his company horse.


At the top of the track is the pit of the waterwheel and turbine house which powered the quarry,


A little further on is the general working area of the quarry, the mill, dressing sheds etc all now in a state of terminal decline





The ornamental archway which formed the entrance to the mill survives - but for how much longer?


The barracks still stand. Not surprising as they were built to withstand the gales up here..p


Having eaten my sarnies it was time to press on. My route took me up a disused incline to the right of the main quarry adit.


And after that comes another incline when a breather allows a look back down.


Still heading upwards I passed more quarry buildings with the unmistakable summit of Cnicht prominent across Cwm Croesor





The pah now passes close to two collapsed chambers of the quarry, so large that they are shown on the OS map. The moral of the tale is that if you rob too much slate from the supporting pillars of a chamber you must expect the roof to fall in! Moelwyn Mawr is in the background but not on today;s itinerary.


Moel yr Hydd is now visible to the east



Crossing through an electric fence I turned east passing below the south face of Moel yr Hydd.


And this is where it all went wrong. I was looking for a path to take me down to the Stwlan Dam road. It's marked on the OS map but I somehow missed it and continued chugging north east. As I passed Llyn Wrysgan I realised my error but thought that there would be a way down to Tanygrisiau. Sort of. I reached the top of a quarry incline.


If you look at the  left you will see the white cottage at the lakeside (part 1) which defines my position some 400ft+ above Cwmorthin


Now I didn't like the look of this incline at all. 150ft drop at a 45 degree angle. Worse the surface was stepped with worn stone setts giving a 6 inch tread and riser, In short I couldn't get a full foot placement on any of the steps if I attempted to walk down normally. Compounding the problem was loose small stones on the steps.Decisions; do I back track or try it. I decided to give it a go by walking sideways with the walking pole leading as an outrigger. Very mindful that one trip or slip could result in a Cresta Run. So I extended the walking pole and ensured all joints were tight. I also ensured that my sphincter muscle was tight and set off. I made it, only to find that I had another incline to contend with; twice as long but not quite as steep Same sideways technique.. Eventually I reached levelish ground, forded the Nant Cwmorthin and reached my original entry track.

I flopped down on a rock. I gave up cigs in January but I had emergency smokes and a lighter in the rucksack. Could I light it? Hands shaking. I've done Crib Goch without any nervous reaction but those inclines gave me a fright. Ah well, still alive, back to the car and get a stiff drink once I'm home.


An enjoyable day. Well, sort of if you know what I mean!
































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beefy

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Re: Cwmorthin & Rhosydd 09/05/17 Part 2
« Reply #1 on: 15:09:59, 06/06/17 »
more great pics Penygadair.... O0
chuck the cigs away mate ya dont need them ...  ;)
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Re: Cwmorthin & Rhosydd 09/05/17 Part 2
« Reply #2 on: 21:34:21, 06/06/17 »
I love these industrial archaeology walks, thanks for sharing  O0


A few pictures inside the mine at https://www.derelictplaces.co.uk/main/underground-sites/23429-conglog-slate-mine-gwynedd-aug-2012-a.html#.WTcRRmjyu1s


Regards Keith

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Re: Cwmorthin & Rhosydd 09/05/17 Part 2
« Reply #3 on: 15:07:08, 07/06/17 »
Another fascinating TR, thanks, Penygadair.  O0


Strange to think how what was once a tough and harsh industrial landscape is now so picturesque. I've often thought the same about Ironbridge, where some of my family hail from, or many of the northern mill towns, which we all think of as idyllic locations in the countryside now with their stone cottages, but which must have been quite grim and heavily polluted in their heyday!

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Re: Cwmorthin & Rhosydd 09/05/17 Part 2
« Reply #4 on: 15:52:41, 07/06/17 »
Thanks for the comments guys.


Keith: Thanks for the Conglog pics. There's a lot for info on this quarry and Cwmorthin, Rhosydd and Wrysgan on Aditnow. Now I realise that I'm already 75% certifiable for walking down the dodgy, crumbly inclines of Wrysgan but if I went into any of these adits and chambers on my own, Mrs P would have me taken away by the men in white coats! My interest in industrial archaeology originated from walking in Snowdonia and developed into even earlier periods and legends.


Adalard. Agreed. Sometimes when I sit at a place like Rhosydd it's easy to imagine it in its heyday - warts and all..


Beefy: It was one fag after 4 months of abstinence.  :-[


If you're interested the Cwmorthin conservation group produced a video not only showing the places I touched on but also recording the memories of those who knew the valley of old. The gent in the armchair was 99 at time of filming. It's 42 minutes long. in Welsh with subtitles (aagh! - mute it,). You might get bored after 5 minutes but the photography is good.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_is1FoL6ow
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Re: Cwmorthin & Rhosydd 09/05/17 Part 2
« Reply #5 on: 22:29:05, 07/06/17 »
I hate descending slippery steep stuff too Penygadair  :(

Emergency cigs? Get rid of them or you may be tempted once too often and before you know it you will be back on them  ;)

Great read and pics Penygadair  O0
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Re: Cwmorthin & Rhosydd 09/05/17 Part 2
« Reply #6 on: 15:26:38, 08/06/17 »
Emergency cigs? Get rid of them or you may be tempted once too often and before you know it you will be back on them  ;)


No fear April. I switched to e-cigs just to deprive the Chancellor of tobacco duty.  Hate 'em; may try something 'herbal' next. :o

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Re: Cwmorthin & Rhosydd 09/05/17 Part 2
« Reply #7 on: 21:31:18, 08/06/17 »
No fear April. I switched to e-cigs just to deprive the Chancellor of tobacco duty.  Hate 'em; may try something 'herbal' next. :o

 :o  ;D
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