Gader-wyllt Slate Quarry, Rhyd-Ddu

Gadair-wyllt Quarry.  Looking from the end of a spoil heap out across Llyn-y-Gader with Snowdon behind.  The causeway to the left of the lake forms part of the newly created multi-use recreational path Lon Gwyrfai.

Gader-wyllt Quarry. Looking from the end of a spoil heap out across Llyn-y-Gader with Snowdon behind. The causeway to the left of the lake is the trackbed of the former quarry tramway and now forms part of the newly created path Lon Gwyrfai.

Date

11 January 2014
Location

Rhyd-Ddu

SH 56474 51854; 53.04462°N, 4.14239°W

Information

Located below Mynydd Drws-y-coed and Y Garn, at the eastern extreme of the Nantlle Ridge, Gader-wyllt Slate Quarry is on the banks of the small lake Llyn-y-Gader just to the south of Rhyd-Ddu. This quarry and the adjacent Llyn-y-Gader Quarry were in operation from the 1880s to the 1920s. Produce was transported from the quarry via a tramway skirting the edge of the lake. The tramway trackbed has been incorporated into the recently opened multi-use recreational route between Rhyd-Ddu and Beddgelert, Lon Gwyrfai. There are plans to ultimately create a circular path around the entire Snowdon massif and Lon Gwyrfai will form a part of the eventual Snowdon Circuit.

Further Reading

Gader-wyllt Slate Quarry (Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical
Monuments of Wales)
;
Lon Gwyrfai (Snowdonia National Park Authority)

 

Gadair-wyllt Quarry

Gader-wyllt Quarry

Gadair-wyllt Quarry, with Y Garn behind

Gader-wyllt Quarry, with Y Garn behind

Gadair-wyllt Quarry.  Launder pillars with Y Garn behind.

Gader-wyllt Quarry. Launder pillars with Y Garn behind.

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6 thoughts on “Gader-wyllt Slate Quarry, Rhyd-Ddu

    • Saturday’s weather was such a nice break in the otherwise wall-to-wall rain of late. Sitting in a shelter on the deserted platform of Beddgelert station in the sun was quite a luxury 😉

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