Thursday’s Special: Manscape to Landscape


This shot was taken a couple of weeks ago from the ruins of a gold mine crushing mill at Cefn Coch, Dolymelynllyn. During the 1860s there was a gold rush involving the working of several mines around Dolgellau, on the southern edge of the Snowdonia National Park in Wales. It is a dramatic landscape, a hard place to toil, cracking open the earth in hopes of riches. The remains of the industrial buildings stand starkly against the hillsides, the moorland vegetation gradually reclaiming the stonework.

copyright 2014 Tish Farrell

Now hike over to Paula’s blog for more splendid landscapes: Lost in Translation’s  Thursday’s Special

Related: Now that summer’s done, we take the Dol Idris path

17 thoughts on “Thursday’s Special: Manscape to Landscape

  1. The remains of the buildings with the careful framing makes this exciting nature even more appealing. You have done a wonderful job with it! Thank you, Tish 🙂 🙂 (I’ve been google mapping around the area – that much I liked your post)

  2. Have biked in this area several times – amazing nature gone as you said from landscape to manscape and then back to landscape ruled by nature – once I used a totally day at the abandoned northern welsh slate industry atThe Dinorwic Slate Quarry not far away from this area you show us – when it was active, the world’s second largest and the largest located not far from this place, also from Wales – at the same time fascinating and slightly creepy – the nature of Wales is rough but amazing, love it… 🙂

    1. It is an amazing landscape, Drake, you are right – from the plain beautiful to the starkly rugged. The Dinorwic Slate Quarry is almost horrifying in its scale. The workers were not treated very well either if I remember rightly. People worked so very hard in the past for not very much.

      1. Yeah no doubt – really tough working life and undoubtedly underpaid – better to see it in historical background now than to experience it ourself – I guess not much fascinating among these workers.

    1. Yep. Gold mining in Wales has a long history, Ark – maybe back to Bronze Age times. I’m now having a vague memory that the Prince of Wales – for one of his weddings – had rings made from Welsh gold.

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