|Distant Y Llethr from the slopes of Foel Wen|
|Foel Wen from the cwm road. The manganese mines rake up diagonally, following the trend of the strata.|
We were able to park near an old school and chapel at SH62322622. It was a lovely walk towards the crossing of the Afon Nantcol, through a couple of imposing 17th century farms. The stones that made their walls looked to have been won from the river bed, or perhaps from glacial till- they were all impressively rounded. I always think that building with round stones is so much more difficult than with slate or some other cleavable rock. An honourable mention must also go to the dry stone wall builders of this cwm, a superb example ran along beside us for the couple of miles to Pont Cerrig, topped off and infilled with slaty rock.
|Pig Sty at Cilcychwyn farm, with a nice wall ornament|
|Marks on the rock echo the field boundaries far below.|
|One of the fenced-off Foel Wen Mine adits along the tramway.|
|Fences (about six feet high) around another adit. Tramway continues over a bridge. The bridge hole is, of course, blocked.|
|Inside the adit, with the sunset light streaming in the entrance.|
By this time it was becoming late, so we descended back to the valley, honour appeased by the conquest of one adit, at least. Only when we walked back and looked again at where we'd been did Petra say "I'm sure we didn't see those adits up there... oh dear. Another look at Google earth confirmed it, we'll have to go back. So long as it's out of season!
|Fenced off adits from the tramway.|
|Barn at Hendre Waelod|
|A double entrance|
|Caban in one of the opencuts.|
|A Hobbit-hole. Yes, we did go in...|
|Rubbish in a flooded part of the adit.|