On our way back from the lakes I decided to take Elaine home via Nebo and the Denbigh Moors. To get there we had to descend from the lakes into the Conwy valley via Llanwrst and then follow the B5113 over the moors.
From this view-point (53.114966,-3.73988) we are at a height of 365 metres or 1198 feet looking across the Conwy Valley towards the Snowdon mountain range and a build up of storm clouds.
Now for those of you not familiar with the UK road system a “B” road is a numbered local route, which has lower traffic densities than the main trunk roads, or A roads. The classification has nothing to do with the width or quality of the physical road, and B roads can range from dual carriageways to single track roads with passing places. On the moors it’s nearly always the latter with road surfaces that can sometimes be the worse for wear.
I had no intention of being stuck on the moors if it did rain heavily. Beautiful scenery, but they’re isolated, desolate places at the best of times, so with a storm coming it’s time to get down off the moors.
Needless to say it never rained, as we got lower and near the coast the sun came out, and we ended up driving home in beautiful hot sunshine.
Llyn Crafnant is a lake that lies in a beautiful valley in North Wales where the northern edge of the Gwydir Forest meets the lower slopes of the Carneddau mountains and, more specifically, the ridge of Cefn Cyfarwydd. The head of the valley offers a profile of crags which are silhouetted at sunset, and many people regard the lake as one of the most beautiful spots in North Wales. At 63 acres (250,000 m2) it is the best part of a mile long, although it was clearly once much longer – its southern end shows the evidence of centuries of silting.
Crafnant takes its name from “craf”, an old Welsh word for garlic, and “nant”, a stream or valley. Even today the Crafnant valley smells of wild garlic when it flowers.
The lake can be reached by car only from Trefriw in the Conwy valley, though many visitors walk there from the village or from the neighbouring lake of Llyn Geirionydd, which runs parallel to it, but a mile distant, the two being separated by Mynydd Deulyn – “mountain of the two lakes”. The lake can also be reached on foot Capel Curig.
Areas around the lake have been used for location shots in Hollyoaks, Tomb Raider II, the 1981 fantasy movie Dragonslayer, and the lake also appeared briefly in the 1966 film Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment.
Llyn Geirionydd lies in a valley in North Wales where the northern edge of the Gwydyr Forest meets the lower slopes of the Carneddau mountains. The lake is almost a mile long and covers an area of 45 acres (180,000 m2), but is never any deeper than 50 ft (15 m).
The lake has a car park (with toilets) and the location is very popular in the summer. This car park site was once a waste tip site for the Pandora mine above, and indeed the planting of conifers in the area of the lake has considerably softened the effects of mining. There are few, if any, fish in the lake, and this, it is believed, is the result of the poisoning of the waters from the adjacent metal mines.
The current road follows what some believe to be part of Sarn Helen, the Roman road which ran southwards from the fort at Canovium (Caerhun, between Trefriw and Conwy) to the fort at Tomen y Mur (near Trawsfynydd), and beyond, ultimately reaching Moridunum (Carmarthen).
I have a love/hate relationship with wind turbines. From a photography point of view I quite like them as they sometime serve to break up what could be a very monotonous landscape. But on the other hand I have seen them in places were the scenery is absolutely beautiful, only to be ruined by a great big white monstrosity.
I’m not entirely convinced that the benefits from wind turbines are that great, I suppose only time will tell. I always thought they would be quite quiet. Having stood underneath one yesterday, one thing I can tell you, they are really noisy.
What about you? Do you love them, or is your vote for a hate?
High up on the wild and windy Mynydd Hiraethog (also known as the Denbigh Moors) I found this old abandoned cottage just waiting to be photographed. The moor is an upland region in Conwy and Denbighshire in north-east Wales. it includes the large reservoirs, Llyn Brenig and Llyn Alwen, and the Clocaenog Forest, which has one of Wales’s last populations of red squirrels. Its highest point is Mwdwl-eithin, at 532 metres (1,745 ft) above sea level, making it higher than Exmoor.
An interesting word “Foreshadow”, it means to “show, indicate or suggest in advance”….but what?
In 2008, when I lived in Somerset we had an amazing storm in early December. Living by the sea at the time meant that I could go down to the shore and watch the full effects, maybe even grab some photographs. We knew the storm was coming. We had been warned, the wind had been building up for some time and there was an unusually high tide predicted.
Now don’t get me wrong here. Storms in Britain are usually not as violent as hurricanes, nor as devastating, but when we get a big one in typical British fashion we like to talk about the weather.
Those pillars mark the path across the causeway to Kinghtstone Island. On the night of the storm the wind was driving the high tide onto the beach which is to the left of the picture. Standing on the promenade, which also forms part of the sea defences, I had a good view of the effects of the storm. So did another 11 photographers. At the time I remember thinking “we must be mad standing out here in the howling wind and rain just to get a photograph”.
Here’s the same causeway when the tide is out.
The POV you can see is looking from Knightstone Island back towards where I was standing to take the photograph on the night of the storm. The sea level to the left is low as it often is due to the tidal range of 13 metres (43 ft), second only to Bay of Fundy in Eastern Canada.