Monday, 5 March 2012

Evening at Blaen-y-Cwm...

A quick dash after work tonight saw us at the southern end of the Rhiwbach tramway. The light was fading, but we managed a stumble around the pit at Fridd, then on to Watson's pit at Blaen-y-Cwm. Fridd has an adit, deep in the gloom at the base of the pit. It once opened up in Watson's twll, half a mile to the north, but tonight the tunnel seemed very wet and uninviting. The low sun was scudding fretfully over the landscape, while angry skies gathered over Cwt-y-Bugail in the distance. It looked like you could touch the tips there, but the reality was two miles of sodden tramway between us and the enticing prospect of the north twll. Another day for that, soon. My legs are still not quite on form after a three month layoff, just as well there wasn't much light this evening, or I would have been game for going and having a look.

The remains of the drumhouse at Watson's twll, Blaen-y-Cwm. Cwt-y-Bugail in the distance.
 We picked our way down in to Watson's twll, opened up around 1880 from an underground chamber, and marvelled at the shattered nature of the rock, which had been twisted and crushed every way by massive forces. Climbing out, we walked back towards Bwlch Slaters, the light failing quickly. It's a magical place in any weather, but tonight, with the clouds hanging like dirty washing in the fading sky,  it looked more fascinating than ever.

"Crushed by massive forces"
Towards Bwlch Slaters, a solitary light on at the quarry mill. The Rhinogs in the far distance.

2 comments:

geotopoi said...

A lovely palette of browns and muted greens in the top shot!

Iain Robinson said...

Thanks very much, Graham. A lucky shot that caught the sun scudding across the twll.

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