A glimpse at the Diffwys floor 2 “Alabama” Mill.
Since Diffwys Quarry is only a few minutes from where I live, you would think that I would have studied it extensively. But it’s a case of the “cobbler’s bairns” being the worst shod; apart from a mooch around a couple of years ago, I have ignored the place in favour of more exotic locations- very peverse, since Diffwys is a wonderful relic, especially if you know what to look for.
Diffwys ramps up in a series of mighty terraces up to the fabled floor six mill, which I have covered in another post here. On this occasion, we climbed up to level two and the Alabama mill complex. I don’t know why it is so named (I hope someone is going to tell me) but it is still an imposing relic.
Wire rope wear marks on the incline
Rails, covered in rust shells.
Looking down the incline against the sun- yes, the sun does occasionally shine in Blaenau!
If you can get your hands on a copy of Graham Isherwood’s “Slate from Blaenau Ffestiniog” there is much in there that will whet the appetite to explore. Failing that, Graham’s archive photos on Mine Explorer and AditNow are real eye-openers.
Needless to say, access to Diffwys is problematic. Part of the quarry is owned by Llechwedd and is a working concern; all is on private land. If you do visit, go carefully and responsibly, as the goodwill of the landowner is a precious thing. I’d hate for the place to be fenced off.