What's this? A post about a routine bit of scenery? Not to worry, I haven't gone all National Trust on you. Not until my knees finally go, anyway!
We had spotted what looked like a trial adit on Google earth; near to Llyn Morwynion. Very dangerous, I know, to wilfully “interpret” satellite photos, as it is just as likely to be a ditch or a dyke as far as Google Earth is concerned. But this one had a slaty little tip outside it- always an encouraging sign. A rummage through the Mines Gazetteer revealed that there had indeed been a Morwynion mine, although no more information was forthcoming. As it is only a short hop from our little studio, we went and had a nosy around.
This Llyn Morwynion mustn't be confused with the slightly more rugged number nestling in the Rhinogs...our one is a purely man-made confection, but no less charming for that. We parked in the trusty Rheadr Cynfal car park on the B4391 from Llan Ffestiniog and walked a little way to the Welsh Water track up to the Llyn. It's an easy walk.
|The View from Foel Gron|
We walked around the Llyn towards what we could see was obviously a mine. It was a tricky walk, through the usual bog, but before long we made it to the tip that we had seen on Google. The adit was rather lovely although very deeply flooded with muddy water and obviously very old. After Cwm Prysor, I didn't fancy washing mud off my gear again, so we passed on the explore. Shining the torch in, it looked like this adit was a trial, and only continued for twenty yards or so.
|The mine, with Foel Gron looming behind. The adits are seen as depressions in the hillside above the water line.|
|The grass-grown tips.|
As we headed back to the car, a pair of Ravens took off. I waited for their burbling cries and was surprised to hear almost a chime-like sound come from one of them. Petra caught it on film, so it may be on here in due course. Perhaps these were the “Clochdy” ravens, as that Gamallt peak is only a couple of miles as the Raven flies. Who knows?