|Tan-yr-Allt, where Madocks lived.|
We took the road all the way to cwm bach farm, then followed a footpath uphill from it to where it makes a sharp turn to the south east, following an old road. Here is the shoulder of Y Fedw, the shark-like fin on the escarpment when seen from Boston Lodge. I was so taken with the valley here that I ran up to the top, and took a photo of Petra, standing like a miniature figure below. It was then that I noticed the tramway, dam and slate trials, in a hanging valley to the north east...at which point I started running back down again.
The tramway is quite substantial as it runs along the line of a dry reservoir. It is thought that this was built to supply water for the mill that Madocks built in Tremadog, although there were certainly no signs of leats. Perhaps it was piped down hill. To the right of the tramway are several run-in adits and trials, none yielding very much spoil. We walked down to the dam and descended down this close little valley, where oaks and ash trees flourished. The mist seemed to gather in this spot, making the shapes of trees loom eerily in the mist. Another dam was encountered, this one much smaller, but deeper. Interestingly, there was a run-in adit at right angles to the dam wall, using the top of the dam as a tip run.
|The dry dam|
|The Lower Dam|
|On the miners path|
|Petra's turn to run this time, to the spoil tips above Tan-yr-Allt.|
|Chunks of sawn slate|
|We found a few bricks, marked ...Brick and Tile Company, Newtown.|
The place seemed to have been stripped clean of any metal, and even the remaining waliau were almost vestigial, but then Petra spotted something significant. A concrete hardstanding and mount for an internal combustion engine, complete with the bolts still cast into the concrete. That explained the sawn ends, at any rate. Curiosity satisfied, we headed back down the hill. I later discovered, from Wilkinson's Gazetteer, that the quarry was known as Cwm Bach slate Quarry, and closed in 1923.
A Brief History of Tremadog web site
|The view from the quarry, without mist this time, looking over Porthmadog to the Rhinogs.|
|A closer view of the reservoir and the slate trials up above Cwm Bach.|