Sunday 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 worthwhile walk.

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:  phone: 01743 874298 or 07527 946056