The Old Road to Nowhere

Photo: Mike Alexander

Photo: Mike Alexander

High up on the slopes of the Rhinogau (Rin-og-i), an isolated, rugged range of mountains forming much of the Harlech Dome in North Wales, lies a 19th century gold mining complex.  All that remains of the hard toil of the men and women of the time are some deep,cavernous mine shafts which drip with the rain from the mountains, a few ruined buildings and the old track that was used to transport the rock for processing.

Photo:  Mike Alexander

Photo: Mike Alexander

Since all the industry left the hillside, nature has quietly taken over again, so that now the only sound you hear up there is the sighing of the wind and the throaty call of the raven in his craggy domain.  The noise and disruption of the past is long gone, along with all the stories of the people who worked this land in order to provide a living for their families.

The land is now cared for by the National Trust, and I have had the privilege to write the plan for its future conservation.  There’s plenty more to see at this place, and I’ll update you as I go.  I’ll be back there next week.

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About Mike Howe

I am an ecologist and a composer of guitar based instrumental melodies signed to the Real Music label in California. I like to write about my work, music and nature conservation and how it all comes together. I try not to write about things I don't know much about.
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14 Responses to The Old Road to Nowhere

  1. veraersilia says:

    Thank you for visiting my blog! Yours site is great. Regards, Vera

  2. Beautiful shots Mike.

    • Mike Howe says:

      Thank you, I’m lucky to have a friend with such a good eye 🙂

      • Indeed, your friend has an excellent eye. I thought those were your shots. I listened to “Badlands” and it is absolutely beautiful. It is the kind of music to make art to.

      • Mike Howe says:

        That’s very kind of you thank you. The song is off my new album “Heading West” if you’re interested, I wrote the music about the American landscape from a Brits point of view, so there’s quite a bit of subjectivity. I love your blog articles by the way, I intend to work my way through them – I can’t think what that osprey was up to 🙂 Thanks again.

  3. This is a place I would love to visit. Suits my soul.

  4. Anonymous says:

    You’re lucky to work in and around beautiful nature. I love have you write!

  5. I’m looking forward to learn more about this area, Mike! 🙂

  6. Great shot Mike lovely image, Now where did I put my boots again? 🙂

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