Friday, August 28, 2009

28th August: Parys Mountain

It rained again during the night, but sunny early morning, so we decided to go and visit Parys Mountain and look at the "great Pit" opencast mine.
We took an inland route through the by lanes, which took rather longer than expected as there weren't any sign posts!
However we did finally arrive and as before really enjoyed the strange alien landscape of many colours.
Because of the sheer size of the pit, it could only really be handled with a panoramic view, so I did this one.

And here also is a 300mm shot of cave that can just be made out a little to the right of the middle of this panorama: can you make out where it is?

There is now a small hut with information about the mine, and some interesting facts were explained, for instance the water draing into the mine had to be pumped out, and it was so Sulphuric (Ph2) that the pumps had to be made of Oak, not iron to make them last.
Recently a great effort has been made to drain the underground workings, and so far 21 miles of tunnels have been drained!
We went down from here into Amwllch and found a great little Cafe for lunch, then as it started to rain we retreated back to the caravan for the afternoon, going out again after tea.
We then had a genral tour round the local district and found this quiet road that ran down to the waters edge at a place called Traeth Dulas
On the coast road there was an obvious increase in traffic as visitors for the bank holiday started to arrive.
After tea our route took us along the high level coast side roads and I did a normal shot of point lynas , and also a panoramic one as the sun peeked out between the rain clouds
It had been another good day, even though the weather had been somewhat changeable.

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