This is the final post of my summer excursions into Snowdonia, North Wales. This time we ventured to the Dinorwig Slate Quarries perched high above Llyn (Lake) Padarn near Llanberis.
Dinorwic Slate Quarry is located close to the villages of Llanberis and Dinorwig in North Wales – UK, at one time it was the second largest slate quarry in the world after the local Penrhyn Slate Quarry. Quarry operations at Dinorwig started in 1787 although it didn’t get into full production until the mid 1820’s. This was when a horse drawn tramway was constructed to a local Port, Port Dinorwic. In the late 19th Century the quarry employed over 3000 men and producing 100,000 tonnes slate products (mostly roofing slate) every year. Production continued until 1966, but a major slate waste heap collapsed into a working area of the quarry, this stopped production, after that slate was only produced sporadically until the quarry finally closed in 1969. For more about the quarry look please look at: http://www.aditnow.co.uk/mines/Dinorwig-Slate-Mine/
All images taken with a D800 + either a Nikon 24-70mm f2.8 or 16-35mm f 4 lens.
One of the slate railway loading ramps.
A wall of slate which was not quarried.
A general view of a very small part of the quarry.
A view towards Mount Snowdon , with Electric Mountain Hydro Electric power station and Llyn Peris.
Looking towards the summit of Snowdon.
Look closely and you can see the plume of steam from a Snowdon Mountain Railway train!
Climbers enjoy the challenges of climbing the slate walls.
I have enjoyed my summer in Snowdonia. After a bleak and very long winter the summer developed into one of the best for many years. Extraordinarily so, especially for Snowdonia in particular!