Mines and Minerals

Sunday 22nd May, 2022

Mines and Minerals

The Gwydir Forest was once alive with metal mines and small slate quarries; indeed in the early 19th century the population of the Llanrhychwyn area was greater than that of Trefriw!  We’ll be passing some ten workings (mostly lead/zinc mines), both large and small, as we explore this pretty and scenic area on Trefriw’s doorstep.

We will walk from Trefriw up the steep lane to Llanrhychwyn, firstly passing the old slate caverns on the edge of the Gwydir Forest.  We then descend through the forest to Hafna mine – the largest remains in the area – before passing Parc mine (the last to close), the tiny Vale of Conwy mine, and Llanrwst mine up at Nant BH. Our return route takes us past the scenic lakes of Bwlch-y-gwynt and Glangors and the panoramic views of the mountains from above the remains of Pandora mine, which fed ore to the mill at Klondyke, which we’ll also pass. We descend to Trefriw on a scenic path above the Crafnant valley.

Duration:  All day.  Please bring a packed lunch.

Distance:  10 miles / 16 km

Grade:  Moderate, though with a steep start.

Departure time:  9:30 a.m. from Trefriw Village Hall (LL27 0JH, SH781631)
Refreshments will be available in the Hall both before and after your walk. (More here.)

Walk Leaders:  Tony Ellis and Jan Blaskiewicz


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