Rollerblading – Amgueddfa Lechi

Header image including six photos - two of my rollerblades, two of the slate museum, two of Vivian Quarry

Long time readers of the blog know that I’ve gotten back into rollerblading. I’m determined to get out on them more this year. So with that in mind, when my Tuesday morning plans fell through, I found myself and the rollerblades in Llanberis and heading to the Amgueddfa Lechi! I took the GoPro with me but forgot the helmet adapter!

Amgueddfa Lechi including the slate footpath to the entrance

I parked up at Pen Y Llyn carpark which is the only one I can use my season ticket at. Being a cold February Tuesday afternoon the carpark was practically empty save for the three lorry loads of construction workers! Typical I had an audience for my first rollerblading session of 2018!! I donned on the rollerblades and headed off down the path which travels along the lake and towards to Electric Mountain visitor centre.

Amgueddfa Lechi

The wheel house at the slate museum

From there I had to go along the main road towards the slate museum as the pavement was rather bumpy. The road wasn’t much better and I almost took a tumble a few times. Thankfully, I didn’t actually fall! Yay! I reached the slate museum in 16 minutes and was there before opening time of 10am! So I sat on the bench outside just taking in the view. As I sat there I decided that it’s one of my favourite places in the world.

Amgueddfa Lechi - the quarryment houses from Blaenau Ffestiniog

At 10am the horn sounded and the gates opened. The rollerblades came off (you can’t rollerblade on slate footpaths!) and I walked through to the Ffowntain Cafe. There I had a lovely panad and a sausage bap! I didn’t go round the Amgueddfa Lechi as I wanted to go see Vivian Quarry.

Vivian Quarry

The entrance to Vivian Quarry - a red gate via a slate structure

This place is an absolutely stunning! It was part of the larger Dinorwig (or Dinorwic) Quarry but was closed in 1960s after the decline of the slate industry. After closure of the mine, pumps no longer pumped water from the mine and so the mine flooded.

The lake and impressive slate edges at Vivian Quarry

The lake at Vivian Quarry is said to be approx 18 meters deep. It is a popular spot for divers and a simple Google image search will bring up lots of amazing underwater treasures!

An old blondin suspended over Vivian Quarry

Not only that but this lake has been used as filming locations for some Hollywood films including the most recent King Arthur film where one of the stuntmen jumped into the water from this huge rock!

I also made a video of my day of rollerblading….

Do you agree that this is a great way to spend a day off work?! 🙂


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  1. 11th March 2018 / 11:45 am

    I don’t think i’ve rollerbladed since i was a kid, but what a wonderful hobby to get back into and use as a means of travel! The lake at Vivian Quarry looks like a beautiful place to visit! x

  2. 11th March 2018 / 2:06 pm

    I would love to take up rollerblading again and I love this idea for a post documenting your journey! I’m looking at learning to skateboard again so would love to try something similar in terms of documenting my routes!

  3. 11th March 2018 / 5:20 pm

    This is great, love the video – lots of beautiful things to see! I actually have my own rollerblades but I’m yet to go out on them!

  4. 12th March 2018 / 8:03 pm

    I never mastered the roller skates but I can ice skate which is super strange. I bet it’s been nice to get back into an old hobby. The views do look lovely and I’m not surprised you got there early to take them all in.

  5. 13th March 2018 / 11:52 am

    Beautiful scenery. I haven’t been that far north in Wales since our childhood holidays and remember the greyness of all that slate. I don’t think I’d have braved it on rollerblades though!

  6. 13th March 2018 / 3:45 pm

    What a great trip! I haven’t done roller blading since I was young, I would love to try again though and especially here!

  7. Hannah
    14th March 2018 / 12:39 pm

    Looks like you had a good day out. I havent bern rollerblading in years

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