contained water

October 1, 2012

Lake Vrynwy was created in 1881 after the UKs first stone walled dam was built to flood the valley and¬† the village of Llanwyddn. It was created to provide and send clean water through 68 miles of aquaduct¬† to Liverpool and Merseyside where the population was growing larger than it’s source of water could sustain.The dam is 44 metres high, 37 metres thick and 357 metres long. A road runs along the length of it that you can drive or walk along. Another village was built to rehouse the villagers that kept the name of Llanwyddn. In times of drought the old village can still be seen.

On the other side of the dam is a sculpture park full of wooden sculptures carved by artists from Wales, Australia and Eastern Europe. Some really lovely pieces.

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the trains in Wales

September 24, 2012

Spent a night in Wales sleeping next to the railway lines, canyons, mines and settlements of the Cedar Creek Railroad . After breakfast we got to watch the trains setting off on their morning journeys.