Anglesey & Snowdonia, North Wales


Dinorwig Slate Quarry, Upper Galleries, Llanberis


Best at / for: winter sunrise & sunset.

Best avoided: during a blizzard!

Parking: free parking at trail head.

Access: extended uphill walking required, about 45 minutes.

Notes: good hiking / wild camping opportunities nearby.


The slate quarries at Dinorwig, above Llyn Padarn and opposite Llanberis should be very high on every landscape photographers location list.

In all weathers, in all light conditions, there is almost no bad time to visit. If you’re visiting from far and wide there are many locations around here which may prove disappointing if conditions aren’t “just right”. If that happens to you, just head for Dinorwig. It really is that simple.

I won’t bother describing it – just come and see for yourself.

This particular location offers the best wide vantage points from Snowdon summit to Anglesey, as it brings you into the quarry at the upper-most galleries. Don’t worry about a hard climb. There’s a trail-head carpark which itself is at a pretty high elevation. The tarmac lane is steepish, but if an old git like me with a gammy leg can manage it easily …

 And if conditions don’t suit wide landscape vistas, there’s plenty of detailed interest in amongst the derelict workings and industrial heritage.

Plan on spending a good few hours here!