Following on from our exploration of the old slate quarries on the southern side of the Bwlch y Ddeufaen last spring, we made a second visit and walked a little further over towards the seaward side.
Of course, the bwlch is well known for it's Bronze Age standing stones and the Roman Road, probably built atop an earlier drove road. The route still exists, thankfully without (much) vehicular access. The way is blighted somewhat by the progress of several skeins of power lines which elbow themselves into any photograph you might try to take.
|A boundary wall runs straight down the middle of the tip.|
We discovered three more quarries, one (at least) an underground working. This was Bwlch-y-Ddeufaen west, which boasted a fine powder hut and an opencut to a run-in adit. The cut was high above the bwlch and afforded very fine views down to the Menai Straits and Penmaenmawr.
|The Powder Magazine|
|Wild horses, caught by the long lens a couple of miles away.|
Despite the power lines, the pass is a wild place, with a remote feel. Beaumaris is visible in the distance across the straits and the workings of the Penmaenmawr quarry can be seen a few miles away, yet up there in the shadow of the Carneddau it feels like a different world..
Bronze Age Standing Stones:
South of Tal-y-Fan, Gwynedd. Wales OS Map Ref SH71467183
OS Maps - Landranger 115 (Snowdon), Explorer 17 (Snowdon)