Llechwedd Slate Caverns

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Blaenau Ffestiniog, Wales

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Mine Caverns turned to a museum Nov 20, 2010
Much of Snowdonia was involved in the slate industry and Blaenau Ffestiniog was a sort of de facto slate capital. Slate was mined here, cut to size for roofing, moved by what is now the Ffestiniog Railway to Porthmadog. Thus the Llechwedd Slate Caverns just outside Blaenau were important producers on a world scale in the 19th and first part of the 20th centuries.

Given the increasing use of other materials for roofing, the slate industry declined and the caverns are now a museum of the industry during the 19th century. There are two separate trips into different parts of the caverns. These are the Deep Pit and the Miners Tramway. I have only been on the latter trip and the website used here is for that. However, if you want to know about the Deep Pit, pu your mouse over 'attractions' and you will be able to click on 'Deep Pit.'

Continuing with the one I know, the Miners' Tramway, the trip starts with a ride on a little old train for almost a mile into massive caverns, where there are dummies up ladders of staggering height where human ispectors would have been, lighting only having been provided by a candle. You also get a vivid idea of what life was like at the face.

You are then returned to the Slate Mill where the mined slate was taken for splitting.
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