I’m always looking for new places to visit, to explore and photograph and as I mentioned before I watch a few youtube photography channels to get ideas and inspiration. One of the Guys Greg Whitton did a series of vlogs on visiting Dinorwic slate quarry in North Wales, I watched the first two videos and had to visit it.
I had already booked time off work, and just needed to dig out my maps, pack my gear and book somewhere to stay.
I’ve stayed quite a few times before in North Wales while walking and found Caernarfon quite a good place to stay and after checking via google directions it is 20ish minutes away from Dinorwic.
The first day I drove down to Wales and headed straight to the slate quarry to check it out before checking in at the B&B. I parked at the 'bus stop' parking area and went for a wander for a few hours to get a feel for where the best places were and to tie the vlog footage to the real world.
The quarry is absolutely massive and there are lots of levels with structures, tunnels and buildings to explore, I was in there exploring for two days and I didn't see it all, but planning to re visit very soon, also wondering what it would look like in the snow...
The only downside I think to watching the Vlogs is when you see people taking a shot e.g. of a lone tree, I did walk past one of the trees Greg shot on the way down to the Anglesea barracks (and it's a great subject) but I didn't shoot it as I would have had pretty much the same shot as He took in the video and I didn't want a set of shots exactly the same as his. I recently started watching another Vlog by Jason Jones Photography and its just about the trees in Dinorwic and where they are (I had to stop watching that one) sorry Jason.
The second day I explored the right hand side of the quarry, there are lots more buildings and levels on that side, the weather was rainy and overcast with some great clouds. I climbed up as high as two levels above the cutting sheds and found that side really interesting.
As mentioned in the video/s Dinorwic is old and some sections are very dangerous, my favourite shot of the winch-shed is shot from the doorway as the roof is starting to hang down and there are several sheds where the roofs have totally collapsed, if you do visit there be careful.