Miners’ Bridge, Betws-y-Coed

Miners' Bridge over the Afon Llugwy, Betws-y-Coed

Miners’ Bridge over the Afon Llugwy, Betws-y-Coed

Date

6 September 2014
Location

Betws-y-Coed

SH 77984 56933; 53.09560°N, 3.82365°W

Information

Local miners used to cross the Afon Llugwy via a wooden ladder at this point when commuting to and from the lead mines in the Gwydyr Forest.

Further Reading

Photograph of Miners’ Bridge (Roger Fenton) c. 1855 (People’s Collection Wales);
Photograph of Miners’ Bridge (George Love Dafnis) c. 1900s (Bath in Time)

 

Miners' Bridge

Miners’ Bridge

Miners' Bridge

Miners’ Bridge

Afon Llugwy

Afon Llugwy

Miners' Bridge

Miners’ Bridge

Miners' Bridge

Miners’ Bridge

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18 thoughts on “Miners’ Bridge, Betws-y-Coed

  1. Lovely shots of a fascinating bridge.Lovely tones and colours in the wood, which I suppose must have been oak? Judging by the photo in “Bath in Time” it has been faithfully rebuilt. What a happy hunting ground it leads to (if you like old ruined mines!) Interesting that you used the word “commute”, which I am sure is correct…just don’t associate miners with commuting 🙂 more like exhaustedly trudging, hollow-eyed stumbling… lol!

    • Many thanks, Indah! There are raised strips crossing the bridge deck to provide footholds, but I’d still take a firm hold of the handrails in the wet. And you wouldn’t want to be crossing it on a day like this!

  2. That first shot is a grabber, no doubt about it. Your final shot makes it look quite tame so I think you chose the best angle to start the series off. Beautiful image, that first one! And scary. at that angle.

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