|The Manod, from Drum South Pit.|
|Tip Run to the North and the Gamallt Hills|
|Looking over to Sarn Helen and the Manod from the Drum Tip runs. The Sarn Helen Mine is below the dark ridge of rocks about a third from the left; there's a small tip and darker vegetation indicating water from the adit.|
I'm glad we did. The valley north of Drum is isolated and very quiet. Only a pair of Ravens kept us company as we walked up towards Y Garnedd, no doubt chuckling at the sound of us sploshing through the bog. The first thing we encountered was a collection of ruined buildings, barely more than foundations. The plan was wrong for a sheepfold; they seemed very much like habitations, but of a very great age. A little bit further and we found another structure, a small hut, roofless, not much bigger than a powder store or overnight bothy. It was an idyllic spot with no sounds except that of running water, the wingbeats of the ravens and some distant moorland birds. We stopped and had our lunch, not really wanting to move. It was probably a combination of the misty, still weather, and the almost "Wild West" feeling of the terrain, but we both found it a magical spot.
|The hidden valley. The Y Garnedd mine is in the centre of the picture.|
|The run-in adits|
|The Moelwyns from Drum South Pit.|