This was the 2nd quarry i visited on this weekend away and all i can say is wow, the place is absolutely huge like nothing ive seen before, i spent 10 hours on site and i dont think i saw even a 3rd of it, didnt get too see any of the low down underground levels as i just concentrated on the overground stuff on this visit, absolutely loved the slate buildings, pump houses, old rickety ladders everywhere, the scenery and just everything about the place,
cant wait to go back again and explore the other levels and go right to the very top as there is so much that i havent seen, i think it will take me at least another 5 visits to see all that i want too see there.
sorry for the 20 pics but i took so many its hard too choose the ones i like the most.
small bit of history:
The Dinorwic Slate Quarry is a large former slate quarry, now home to the Welsh National Slate Museum, It was the second largest slate quarry in Wales, indeed in the world,It covers more than 700 acres (2.8 km2) consisting of two main quarry sections with 20 galleries in each and a number of ancillary workings. Extensive internal tramway systems connected the quarries using inclines to transport slate between galleries.
The first commercial attempts at slate mining took place in 1787 and continued through different ownerships up until 1969. it was producing 100,000 tonnes a year in its peak and employing over 3000 people.