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The area Blaenau Ffestiniog in North Wales is renown for the quarrying and production of slate. The extent of quarrying is truly remarkable. Between the village of Cwm Penmachno and Blaenau there is a complex of quarries both underground and on the surface with tramways and the remains of buildings including a 'deserted village' at Rhiwbach quarry. Even today this area is remote, bleak and extremely dangerous to the unwary as there are many open quarry-holes some going vertically or near vertically for hundreds of feet.

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Keywords:blaenau ffestiniog, cwt y bugail, cwt-y-bugail, cymru, manod, rhiwbach, slate, slate quarrying, wales

HRS 1098 Llyn Bowydd tramway route 2008

HRS 1098 Llyn Bowydd tramway route 2008

HRS 1099 Llyn Bowydd tramway from Cwt y Bugail

HRS 1099 Llyn Bowydd tramway from Cwt y Bugail

HRS 1100 Cwt y Bugail slate quarry tramway 2008

HRS 1100 Cwt y Bugail slate quarry tramway 2008

HRS 1101 image two of two Cwt y Bugail packwall & entrance explained

HRS 1101 image two of two  Cwt y Bugail packwall & entrance explained

HRS 1101 ONE IMAGE OF TWO Cwt y Bugail packwall and entrance

HRS 1101 ONE IMAGE OF TWO Cwt y Bugail packwall and entrance

HRS 1102 Stone building Cwt y Bugail 2008

HRS 1102 Stone building Cwt y Bugail 2008

HRS 1103 Improvised caban Cwt y Bugail 2008

HRS 1103 Improvised caban Cwt y Bugail 2008

HRS 1104 Stone building Cwt y Bugail 2008

HRS 1104 Stone building Cwt y Bugail 2008

HRS 1105 Cwt-y-bugail interior of caban or shelter 2008

HRS 1105 Cwt-y-bugail interior of caban or shelter 2008

HRS 1106 Cwt-y-Bugail, Stone caban with chimney

HRS 1106 Cwt-y-Bugail, Stone caban with chimney

HRS 1107 Cwt-y-Bugail, Inclined entrance to workings

HRS 1107 Cwt-y-Bugail, Inclined entrance to workings

HRS 1108 Cwt-y-Bugail, Stone caban 2008

HRS 1108  Cwt-y-Bugail, Stone caban 2008

HRS 1109 Cwt-y-Bugail, Winding platform

HRS 1109 Cwt-y-Bugail, Winding platform

HRS 1111 Old pipes Cwt y Bugail 2008

HRS 1111 Old pipes Cwt y Bugail 2008

HRS 1112 Cwt y Bugail slate quarry, axle rod 2008

HRS 1112 Cwt y Bugail slate quarry, axle rod 2008

HRS 1113 Winding axle Cwt y Bugail quarry

HRS 1113 Winding axle Cwt y Bugail quarry

HRS 1114 Quarry hole incline Cwt y Bugail

HRS 1114 Quarry hole incline Cwt y Bugail

HRS 1115 Cwt a Bugail quarry

HRS 1115 Cwt a Bugail quarry

HRS 1116 Cwt y Bugail air tank 2008

HRS 1116 Cwt y Bugail air tank 2008

HRS 1117 Splitting shed Cwt y Bugail 2008

HRS 1117  Splitting shed Cwt y Bugail 2008