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Moel Fferna and the Bridge of Death

On a weekend away in North Wales with the ACC last weekend, we decided to visit the Moel Fferna Slate Quarry. Much of the working here was done entirely underground, operating on seven levels. When the mine closed all adits were sealed, leaving only a ventilation shaft for access. This we laddered, bringing us out on level five (two above, four below).

Around the mine there are plenty of inscriptions left by the old workers – most dating from after WW1 until it closed ~1960. The chambers are absolutely massive, and quite a scary thought to think how much void space there is in the mountain. Many  were large enough to contain spoil heaps larger than those found on the surface. The most impressive feature left in the mine for us was the ‘Bridge of Death’. It traverses one chamber, with a drop of about 20 metres below. What’s left of it is obviously rotten/rusted through…unsurprisingly there were no volunteers to cross it to explore the other side.

Remains of the mill at Moel Fferna:


1 comment to “Moel Fferna and the Bridge of Death”

  • peter patten, November 16, 2012 at 15:28

    I live in the Vermont slate belt. Glad to see the old quarries being used creatively. In Tipperary one old slate quarry is used as a Scuba Dive Centre. We haven’t come up with clever uses for the old pits in Vermont yet.