28th November - Moelferna Quarry
Moelferna Quarry, C Grade, 9.5 miles, 2000 ft of ascent.
Meet at the Abbey at 9 am. Parking and start of walk on the road
leading off the A5 to Glyndyfrdwy Railway Station on the Llangollen
Railway, where parking is on the left near a park bench, SJ 149427. If
occupied there is opportunity further down the road.
The walk is somewhat shorter than we would normally do but restricted
by available paths and hours of daylight. It is still a pleasant and
Route: ascend the road to the south which is now a leaf covered track
before heading along paths to the west and up via a heather bordered
track to the Moel Foelferna Slate Quarry high up on the hillside. This
was served by the Deeside tramway which reached the Quarry in 1876 and
closed in 1948, after which, until its closure in 1960, the quarry was
served by lorries. The tramway was unusual in that as with the very
earliest such ways it used wooden rails albeit with a protective metal
strip on the upper surface, and was horse drawn.
We descend the incline and follow the tramway before leaving it and
following the North Berwyn way up to the Ceiriog Forest and and thence
across moorland down towards Glyndyfrdwy and the head of the last
incline. The tramway route leads to Pandy Mill which processed quarried
slate and thence we return beside the Nant Y Pandy Stream.
Route leader: Bill Fowler email:
firstname.lastname@example.org phone: 01743 874298 or 07527