Dinowrig Quarry Walk

Dinorwig Quarry Walk header images with 6 different scenic views from the walk.

As part of the recent meeting at the Amgueddfa Lechi in Llanberis, there was a walking tour from Dinorwig Quarry back down to the musuem at Llanberis. I’m ashamed to say I had never done the walk before but I am so glad I did the walk.

Dinorwig Quarry

The walk starts up at the Dinorwig layby. From there you walk along the road towards the Blue Peris Mountain Centre. The road ends after a row of houses (pictured) and leads on to a footpath. It’s a rocky, muddy and slippery path but wow it’s worth it for the views! On a clear down you can see the top of Snowdon. I wasn’t as lucky – Snowdon was wearing it’s snowy cap and foggy beard unfortunately.

Anglesey Barracks

The ruins of Anglesey Barracks at Dinorwig Quarry. Two rows of quarrymen houses made of slate.

A but further down the path you arrive at the old Anglesey Barracks. The barracks consists of two rows of 11 houses. Each house consists of two rooms – a kitchen/dining area and a sleeping area. Of course they are now ruins but the room sizes can still be seen. Look at the size of those slate lintels in the fireplace. Amazing!!

One of the rooms in the ruins of the Anglesey Barracks.

On the walk we were lucky enough to have Dr Dafydd Roberts (of the National Slate Museum) guide us. He gave us a fascinating insight into the history of the barracks. The natural question is, why are they called Anglesey Barracks? Well as Dr Roberts explained, workers travelled in from all over and these specific barracks housed the workers who came from Anglesey. Some of them even etched their names in the slate walls…

A name etched into the slate at Anglesey Barracks

Another fascinating fact that Dr Roberts told us about is that after the closure of the slate mines the barracks fell into disrepair. Some of them were re-roofed by Cadw approx 25 years go but were then used as a setting for raves and the slate roofing was stolen.

Ruins of the Anglesey Barracks

Just on the opposite side of the Anglesey Barracks is the old quarry level and workshop ruins. We didn’t go that way but me and a few others went to have a little nosey at the old incline.

The old incline at Dinowrig Quarry - looking up and looking down towards Dolbadarn Castle

Brake House

After re-joining the rest of the group, we walked down the path back towards the museum. On the way we passed the ruins of the old brake house, the old tracks that the slate carts used to travel along. Also the old drum still with the steel cable.

Old drum and cable at the old Dinorwig Quarry

Further on from there we walked down the zig zag track through the old slate slag heaps. There are some absolutely stunning photos to be had. One of my absolute favourite photos from the day are these ones:

The view of Peris Lake with slate in the foreground

The view of Padarn Lake from the Dinorwig Quarry walk with slate slag heaps in the foreground

The view of Llyn Peris with Snowdon in the background

My photos really don’t do the view justice. It is absolutely stunning! As you can see, the weather wasn’t great so just imagine what this view would look like in Summer! And of course, no trip is ever complete without a selfie! It was really gusty up there but thankfully my hat stayed on!

A selfie in front of Snowdon

Have you ever been on this walk?

Taking in the sights on the Dinorwig Quarry Walk, Snowdonia, North Wales
Rebecca

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