Aerial Ropeways of North Wales

The following north Wales mines and quarries had aerial ropeways of one form or another associated with them:

Benallt lead mine Caernarfonshire SH536535 Bick, David, The Old Copper Mines of Snowdonia (3rd ed.) Ashbourne, 2003, p. 60
Bwlch-gwyn lead mine Caernarfonshire SJ266534 Hawkins, Alan, Welsh Mines Society Newsletter, No. 53 p. 26
Cae Coch pyrites mine Caernarfonshire SH777658 Bennett & Vernon, Mines of the Gwydyr Forest part 7, pp. 34–5
Caer Nant granite quarry Caernarfonshire SH353453 Boyd, J.I.C., Narrow Guage Railways in North Caernarvonshire Vol. 1 – West, p. 254
Clogau gold mine Merionethshire SH676201 Challis, P, Welsh Mines Society Newsletter, No. 54 p. 15
Clogwyn William slate quarry Caernarfonshire SH736596 Richards, Alun J, Gazeteer of Slate Quarrying in Wales (2nd ed.) Llygad Gwalch, 2007, p. 93
Cwmbychan copper mine Caernarfonshire SH60404754 Bick, David, The Old Copper Mines of Snowdonia (3rd ed.) Ashbourne, 2003, pp. 69–71
Cwm Orog lead mine Montgomeryshire SJ047273 Wren, Wilfred J., The Tanat Valley: Its Railways and Industrial Archaeology Augustus M. Kelly, 1968, p. 137
Diphwys manganese mine Merionethshire SH669238 Linton, Dave, Merioneth Manganese: Diphwys
Egryn manganese mine Merionethshire SH620205 Linton, Dave, Merioneth Manganese: Egryn
Garreg Fawr iron mine Caernarfonshire SH544578 Wilkinson, J.S., ‘Iron Ore Mining in Caernarfonshire’, British Mining No. 78 Memoirs 2005, Northern Mine Research Society, 2005, pp. 108–9.
Hafod silica sand mine Flintshire Ellis, Bryn, ‘Quarrying and Limeburning’, Minera Lead Mines and Quarries, Bennet, J (Ed.), Welsh Mines Preservation Trust/Wrexham Maelor Borough Council, 1995, p. 30.
Klondyke Mill Caernarfonshire SH766621 Hawkins, Alan, Welsh Mines Society Newsletter, No. 57, p. 33
Llangynhafal roadstone quarry Denbeighshire SJ142636 Hawkins, Alan, Welsh Mines Society Newsletter No. 53 p. 25
Llyn Glaslyn copper mine Caernarfonshire SH616547 Bick, David, The Old Copper Mines of Snowdonia (3rd ed.) Ashbourne, 2003, p. 111
Mochdre shale quarry Caernarfonshire SH820782 Gwyn, David, Gwynedd: Inheriting a Revolution, Chichester, 2006, p. 76
Moel Ispri gold mine Merionethshire SH705201 Morrison, T.A., Goldmining in Western Merioneth, p. 58
Rhinog manganese mine Merionethshire SH654267 Linton, Dave, Merioneth Manganese: Rhinog
Rhiw manganese mine Caernarfonshire SH221281 C G Down, The Manganese Mines of North Wales, British Mining No. 14, Northern Mine Research Society, 1980, ISBN 0901450170
Rhos slate quarry Caernarfonshire SH729564 Gwyn, David, Gwynedd: Inheriting a Revolution, Chichester, 2006, p. 55
Tan-y-Graig granite quarry Caernarfonshire SH391465 Gwynedd Archives XD2A/449
Trecastle lead mine Caernarfonshire SH760745 Bennett & Vernon, Mines of the Gwydyr Forest part 7, pp. 94–5
Ystrad iron mine Caernarfonshire SH542575 Wilkinson, J.S., ‘Iron Ore Mining in Caernarfonshire’, British Mining No. 78 Memoirs 2005, Northern Mines Research Society, 2005, pp. 99, 100

Note that for the purposes of this list, a ‘ropeway’ is considered to be a point-to-point overhead transport system operating over a significant distance. Consequently this list does not include chain (rope) inclines or Blondins used within quarries.

This list should not be considered exhaustive. Submissions of new information, corrections or technical queries should be made to Dave Linton, dave.linton@hendrecoed.org.uk, telephone 01341 280901