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Abergynolwyn to Bryn Eglwys

Stream on the way to the stationThe walk starts from the village of Abergynolwyn and initially follows the beautiful Nant Gwernol valley. For much of the remainder the path follows the upper disused part of the slate mine railway. (The Tal-y-Llyn railway has restored the lower section from Nant Gwernol back to Tywyn). There are flat sections but also there are steep sections where the railway used "inclines". Here you can see the ruins of the winding gear that allowed full trucks to descend whilst in part balancing the weight pulling empty trucks up.

The top of the walk circles around the old Bryn Eglwys quarry. The old buildings have now been removed, but there are information posts giving audio explanations. These use a hand generator - clockwise for Welsh and anticlockwise for English. (This information is missing on some posts. Sometimes some do not work as damp gets into the electronics, but they are interesting when operating.)