A remote and beautiful Victorian copper mine
A hike up to Cwm Pennant will be rewarded with magnificent mountain views and the chance to explore probably the best preserved copper mine in the area. Being so isolated, the site was never plundered for scrap, and so much of the original metalwork remains. It was extensively restored some years ago by the Welsh Development Agency and Snowdonia National Park.
Most notable of these features to survive is the waterwheel, built by Dingey and Son of Truro in the mid-19th century. With an impressive diameter of 25 ft (7.5 metres), the wheel was transported to this remote spot in sections by packhorse.
Cwm Ciprwth, whose very name suggests an ancient association with copper extraction, was never very profitable. When more easily extracted sources were discovered overseas in the late 19th century, the mine was forced to close. Even though no great fortunes were to be had here, it is hard to beat as an example of isolated industrial beauty.
Mine is off minor road into Cwm Pennant from A487 at Dolbenmaen
Porthmadog Station - 4 miles
Nearest bus stops in Dolbenmaen - 3 miles away
NCN Route 8 nearby
OS map required
This is a very difficult walk over very boggy ground. OS map and walking boots essential. Dogs must be on lead. Parking near pool just before gate on the minor road up Cwm Pennant.
Full Figure Grid Reference: SH526478
OS Landranger map sheet: 115
- Cwm Ciprwth Copper Mine