Two weeks ago I walked the Clwydian Way and last week I explored parts of Llandysilio Mountain. Both walks gave me different perspectives on the surviving traces of the 19th-century tramway and its incline which took slate from its quarries on the mountains around the Horseshoe Pass to the Llangollen canal at Pentrefelin. I got to see it up-close for the first time, and also engaged with it from a range of perspectives from the distance, as a horizontal line cutting along the edge of steep and complex contours.
From a distance, here are views of the tramway’s path along the sides of the mountains, seen from the east.
The incline itself is a striking feature, with its brake house at the top and its steep descent upon dry stone platform.
I also encountered a heritage dimension: beside the Britannia Inn at the start of the footpath up Llandysilio Mountain was a heritage board showing the course of the Llandysilio Tramway and illustrations of how it operated at different locations on its route.