• Situated at the end of a valley there is no way out, other than a very steep climb
out of the valley by narrow mountain road over to Blaenau Ffestiniog, which is why
the slate from its quarry came down to the Conwy Valley instead.
• I drew the village in preference to the quarry as it has managed to retain much
of its original 19th century rural character. It has the feel of a place that got
left behind, and is quite content to be so.
• As far as I could see there is no shop. Just the quarry and a chapel. Work at one
end of the village, and worship at the other.
• Yet there are some nice architectural details, such as bay windows, and hood mouldings
over the openings. I like Cwm Penmachno. 2017.