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Wales in the wet


Or should it be "Lost in search of the Quarry at Cwm Orthin"?

We spent a few days in Wales last week in the photogenic area around Blaenau Ffestiniog, managed to take a few pictures. I discovered that the quarry of Cwm Orthin was close by so we decided to explore, took the wrong path (hence the "Lost" ) but eventually found the right one. As it was in the morning and the clouds very very low it was quite wet out. I can personally vouch for the facts that Wales is wet, full of sheep and slate, and very steep.


Cwm Orthin is a disused slate quarry high in the hills, production of slate petered out in the 1980s and the site has been left to nature, although the mine workings themselves have been closed off as they are dangerous for the general public.  The area around the lake is good to explore though and the disused quarry men's cottages have been photographed by many.

I decided to pinch Brian's idea of a postcard montage to show the sights we saw whilst finding the right path up to the quarry. Sights so typical of the area such as slate, sheep, waterfalls and more slate.

Wales in the wet


Or should it be "Lost in search of the Quarry at Cwm Orthin"?

We spent a few days in Wales last week in the photogenic area around Blaenau Ffestiniog, managed to take a few pictures. I discovered that the quarry of Cwm Orthin was close by so we decided to explore, took the wrong path (hence the "Lost" ) but eventually found the right one. As it was in the morning and the clouds very very low it was quite wet out. I can personally vouch for the facts that Wales is wet, full of sheep and slate, and very steep.


Cwm Orthin is a disused slate quarry high in the hills, production of slate petered out in the 1980s and the site has been left to nature, although the mine workings themselves have been closed off as they are dangerous for the general public.  The area around the lake is good to explore though and the disused quarry men's cottages have been photographed by many.

I decided to pinch Brian's idea of a postcard montage to show the sights we saw whilst finding the right path up to the quarry. Sights so typical of the area such as slate, sheep, waterfalls and more slate.

comments (9)

  • graham pickett
  • SOUTHSEA ENGLAND
  • 5 Oct 2009, 04:43
Very high standard of presentation and the excellent pictures convey your trip to Wales very well indeed Les,sorry you had some iffy weather while down south has been enjoying an Indian Summer!!!
Les Auld: The weather suited me fine Graham, the mist and rain added to the challenge and the sun did shine as well. Thanks for the comment.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 5 Oct 2009, 07:16
Thank you kindly for this splendid montage Les: I know little about this part of the world
Les Auld: It is well worth a visit Chris, rough and bleak in places but plenty of interest. Thanks for the comment.
Fine postcard Les. It always rains when I go to Wales too!
Les Auld: Another rain magnet then Bill, thanks for the comment.
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 5 Oct 2009, 08:45
Great montage Les, love the title
Les Auld: It seeme dto work Zed, thanks for the comment.
What a superb presentation Les!
Great title too!
Les Auld: Thanks Richard, appreciate the comment.
A fine collage Les, the hills above Blaenau just burst forth with all this abandoned slate don't they.
Les Auld: There is so much of it Brian but it does sometimes make for good pictures.
Lovely collage Les..and it portrays the location very well.
Les Auld: Thanks Ron, just slate, slate and more slate.
  • Ellie
  • England
  • 5 Oct 2009, 12:05
A lovely group of pictures that have been put together so very well.

That part of Wales is lovely, if a little bleak (and wet) at times.
Les Auld: Thanks Ellie, Snowdonia has so many different aspects to it but in the rain they all look the same. We did have some sun and then the scenery really came to live.
  • Conrad
  • United Kingdom
  • 5 Oct 2009, 13:43
Nice texture to found here,i like presentation
Les Auld: Thanks Conrad, appreciate the comment.

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