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A cable car from 1927 is the only reminder of the Cwym Bychan copper mine in Wales.

Cable car copper mine

Cable car to nowhere

A cable car from 1927 is the only reminder of the Cwym Bychan copper mine in Wales.

On the steep and remote hills in the Snowdonia Mountains, the copper mine flourished between 1782 and 1802. Until 1930, the ores from the mountains were mined, albeit intermittently.

Cable car

The cable car, built in 1927, transported the ores in railway wagons to a village in the valley, 1.4 kilometers away.


The terminal station at the top of the hill and four pylons are still standing. Lower down during the climb you can still see the concrete foundations where the other pillars must have stood.

Each pylon is 4.5 meters high and rests on a concrete base.

According to the National Trust, the cable car was not a hit: a barge regularly fell, causing the load to be lost.

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