Dinorwic Quarry is an old Welsh Slate Quarry in Snowdonia that closed at the end of the 1960’s. When it was up and running it was one of the largest quarries in the world.
It’s huge slag heaps, loom dark and grey over the village I live in. I once thought it was a depressing sight but I have grown to love the quarry, even looking to it with more affection that the mountains that surround us on other sides. In sunshine it becomes a playground for climbing, exploring, and our infamous picnics. In the mist and rain it looks eerily moody, yet when the clouds part the wet slate glistens and begs you to visit once more.
Some of the real treasures of the Quarry are high up and quite hard to find. There is an old ‘Caban’ where the Quarrymen just walked out left their coats and shoes behind when they left (mmm… did they go barefoot?), huge buildings full of interesting machinery and other tiny buildings with the smallest fireplaces and wooden benches inside. I’m looking forward to sharing summer evenings up their with my new Diana!