Today we travel to Wales for a look at some of the bridges in Snowdonia. These photos are mainly less grand than those I’ve shown of Queensferry and Newcastle, but they have their own charm.
The lovely single-carriageway bridge at Llanrwst over the Afon Conwy. Despite appearances, I took this shot in pouring rain after a beautiful morning earlier at Llyn Dinas.
The bridge above crosses a stream on the path between Capel Curig and Trefriw. I took this on a walk to a hill named Crimpiau.
This next bridge is in the centre of the small touristy village of Beddgelert with Moel Hebog in the background.
The photo above is of a clapper bridge across a stream I crossed when I was climbing Cadair Idris in southern Snowdonia.
Another clapper bridge in the former slate mining area of Blaenau Ffestiniog. This is in the Cwmorthin Valley. The derelict building behind it is the former barracks that hosed miners who had left their homes many miles away to find work here.
Another small, pretty bridge in the Ogwen Valley, close to the youth hostel familiar to hill-walkers returning from climbing Tryfan or the Glyderau.
Above, you see a bridge adjacent to the Trefor Boatyard at a branch of the Llangollen canal loved by narrowboat owners and tourists alike. The branch ahead leads to Llangollen, while that to the left passes over the famous Pontcysyllte aqueduct carrying the canal through Chirk and onwards to Cheshire.
The image above is of the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct as it carries the canal on towards Chirk. A pedestrian looks over the edge from the footpath beside the canal.
Going up in scale now, the photo above is of the Britannia Bridge between mainland Bangor and Ynys Mon, the island of Anglesey. This bridge now takes most of the traffic that heads for the port of Holyhead and Ireland. Our featured photo today is of the bridge it replaced.
Today’s photo shows the Menai Bridge that crosses the Menai Straits. It is the much narrower bridge replaced by the Britannia Bridge.
I took this shot with my 16 MP Pentax K50 cropped sensor camera and its 18-55 mm f/3.5- 5.6 kit lens on my way to a walk around Holy Island, off the coast of Anglesey and the location of Holyhead.
EXIF data were: 1/100secs @ f/11 and 18 mm. The ISO was 100.