Dinorwic Slate Quarry

home to the national slate museum, watch your step if you explore the old worker and machine houses.

Follow the trail blaiser for more amazing pics


thanks to Chris for the pics and video!

Nant Y Ffrith waterfall- Bwlych gwyn

Went for a nice walk, lovely and quiet even on Good Friday

Nant y ffrith walk Map. Type in Nant y ffrith walk into Google maps

there is parking by the war memorial in Bwlch gwyn. It is on the corner, about 250m from the pub that you pass on the left coming from Wrexham

nant y ffrith waterfall

if you look on Google maps, you can navigate to the waterfall and caves.

I don’t personally recommend it, you have to go over a fence or past a no entry sign. Dodgy with kids or on your own

Corsa Campervan Adventures – Hope Mountain

Thought I would trial the ‘campervan’ somewhere close, so Saturday night I slept on Hope Mountain, which is on the border of Wrexham & Flintshire in North Wales.


The campervan is basically at the prototype-stage…several black-out-blinds cut out to the shape of the back windows, and ducktaped on, a USB charger for the cigarette-lighter and an army-issue sleeping bag.

I tried my folding Judo-mat as a sleeping platform, but it was too hard and too high, so I’ve replaced this with a shed-load of thick-blankets (thanks Aunty Vicky). I’ve order some velcro-stickers to add to the car interior and the black out blinds and a unisex urinal. I might take the passenger- front seat-out, as it was a right pain getting in and out.

I want to build (or buy) a hollow sleeping platform with pull out bits for cooking utensils etc There’s a few ideas here.

Anyway, here’s Hope Mountain Sunrise:



Hope Mountain

I didn’t get bummed (chance would be a fine thing) or woken up by Police or wild animals (as predicted by friends), but I was a bit tired.

That sunrise was one of the best things I’ve ever seen, better than the one I saw in Death Valley or the rip-off skywalk thing in the Grand Canyon.  Amazingly peaceful too. So definitely worth losing some sleep over.


Halkyn Mountain


2 nights later I slept on Halkyn Mountain, it was shit. I think it’s all about the sunrises really, so it’s definitely worth checking the weather forecast. Also I probably chose a bit of a crap spot