Built around 1760 this wall is 7 miles long and encloses the land on the lower slopes of the mountain (Glyder Fach). It was built in an attempt to improve the value of Dyffryn, the hill farm I have been writing about recently.
It is quite beautifully made with a skill and craftsmanship, not to mention strength and endurance, that boggles the mind of this 21st century pen pusher. It has merged into the landscape so much so that it now looks like a natural part of the mountain, and when examined up close you can see how the slow growing, hardy, slightly weird organisms we call lichens have colonised the stones and have made the wall their habitat for (hopefully) centuries to come.
Here you can see it snaking away up and across the mountain and get a sense of the scale of the job those wallers from centuries past undertook.
Before they built the causeway at Porthmadoc the sea used to come in and lap at the feet of the Snowdonia range. One day it probably will again
My new album “Lichens” is now out in all your favourite online stores. Thank you to everyone who has bought it so far. Preview songs and reviews on the links below. The physical CD and download is available at these very artist friendly stores (where a larger percentage of the sale goes to the artist)
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