Llanberis North Wales

Llanberis, North Wales – Photo Trip Wed 2nd March – Sun 6th March 2022

14 members (+1 partner) made the trip to North Wales, leaving the Essex area between 06:00 – 09:00. Arriving early in the afternoon at Llanberis the weather was overcast with light rain, great conditions for photography of Waterfalls so a visit to the Local Ceunant Mawr falls was too good an opportunity to miss. Within the grounds of the Royal Victoria Hotel there was easy access to the ruined castle which was also scoped out as a potential location for future Night Photography. The Hotel also provided the group with a semi private dining room for the first night meal which was much appreciated.

The Group tended to gravitate and travel in their original car groups, but some of the lone drivers were integrated into cars with more space. The much photographed ”Lone Tree” which was about 1 mile down the road provided a regular Dawn location, as did the bridge across the valley allowing a view of Llyn Padarn and Snowdon. These allowed the early risers to undertake some Dawn photography before returning to the hotel for breakfast

Various Day excursions were available to each “Car Group” including a trip to Anglesea to visit the Parys Mountain Copper Mine and the Llanddwyn Tyr Mawr Lighthouse at Dusk. The later required a little logistical planning to negotiate the tides and also use torches to navigate the route along the beach back to the car park in the fading light.

There were also a number of local Mines/Quarries which gave a good opportunity for some atmospheric photography in the rain and mist conditions which were available for about 50% of our visit. There was also a number of ruined buildings which had been “Claimed Back” by nature. The best examples of these were probably the Anglesea barracks in the Dinorwic Slate Quarry and the Mansion House which was located just off the marked footpath within the Dorothea Quarry.

Dave Hussey

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