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Uncanny Valley

On a small wooded peninsula where there estuaries of the Dwyryd and Glaslyn meet at Penrhyndeudraeth south of Porthmadog in the foothills of Snowdonia in the kingdom of Gwynedd, you can find the Uncanny Valley. Portmeirion: the construction that looks just close enough to being a village as to be eerie, but just far enough […]

At Abereiddy

Walking south along the coast path of St David’s Head in the Pembrokeshire National Park, amongst the bays and headlands of rugged and ragged cliffs and worn-down volcanic hills, one lesser, lower, headland stands out for its clearly man-made feature. The squat little tower of Abereiddy, standing on a headland that is barely still there, […]

In Credit Crunch Caernarfon

Caernarfon has been a town of political and economic importance. Positioned on the fertile and mineral rich territory at a small natural harbour at the mouth of the Afon Seiont north of Snowdonia, standing guard over the Menai Strait opposite the Isle of Anglesey, the Celts settled here, later to be ruled over by the […]

On Snowdon

Some shots from Britain’s busiest mountain, and the highest in Wales, mostly from an ascent in June 2009. It’s not just that Snowdon is busy with tourists hiking on the several ascent paths. Far more visibly than many of Britain’s highlands, it’s a very developed and exploited landscape — and not just in terms of […]

Cwmorthin

Cwmorthin is one of the many huge disused slate quarries and mines around Blaenau Ffestiniog in Snowdonia, a mile walk up into the Moelwyn Mountains from the town and station. Most of the workings are underground, in the many miles of mine tunnels that climb and descend inside the mountain, some of them still open […]

Moel-y-gest

There’s a hill at Porthmadog behind the Black Rock Sands, a moel, Moel-y-gest. A 200 metre grey and green granite lump. Paths weave through the lower slopes, past the grazing sheep and dairy cows. Converging, often merging into the heather and bracken, meandering through the rocky plug of the peak. Where you can finally stop […]