Copper Mine, Snowdonia, North Wales

Copper Mine and Y Lliwedd, Snowdonia, North Wales. copyright: charles kenwright/ www.openmind-images.com

Copper Mine and Y Lliwedd, Snowdonia, North Wales. copyright: charles kenwright/ http://www.openmind-images.com

I´ve often walked past these ruins of the old copper mines on the Miners Track. I was usually on the way to do a climb on Y Lliwedd or in winter, one of the Trinity snow gullies on Yr Wyddfa, Snowdon. But this visit I wanted to photograph them, hopefully with some moody lighting. The weather was clearing as I got there, but at least there were still some clouds above Y Lliwedd in the background.

There´s a tremendous sense of history here. Industrial history with the copper mine, mountaineering history with Y Lliwedd. At the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th Centuries Y Lliwed was one of the prime crags for the still young sport of rock climbing.    It´s a big crag, one where it´s easy to get off route on. There is also mythological history here too,  King Arthur is rumoured to be buried in a cave somewhere on the Y Lliwedd face, ready to spring forth when the kingdom is in danger.

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3 thoughts on “Copper Mine, Snowdonia, North Wales

  1. Folk today forget that the so called peaceful, quiet areas were not so long ago hives of industry…..and Snowdonia was at the heart of North Wales Industrial Heritage. Great shot sets the scale and feel nicely against the crags 🙂

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