Bryntail Lead Mine Buildings
At the foot of Llyn Clywedog Reservoir, just south of Coed y Brenin Forest Park, you’ll find some ruins hidden away in the shadow of the mighty dam.
During Wales’ industrial past in the 19th century, this place would have been noisy and full of life, but now the Bryntail Lead Mine Buildings are still and quiet.
No miner attraction
At Bryntail lead mine, lead was extracted, processed, and then taken to Llanidloes.
However in 1884, once the local mining boom subsided, this place was closed down and fell into disrepair.
Now, what little remains of the stone buildings are scattered around the slope of a forested hill overlooking the tranquil Afon Clywedog river.
You’re sure to be mesmerised by the beauty of this place - with the Llyn Clywedog dam looming in the background, it’s a striking setting!
A maze of a mine
At the site, you’ll find what’s left of items that were used in the processing of the lead, like ore bins, roasting ovens, and water tanks.
You’ll also find the remains of buildings like crushing houses, a smithy, and even the manager’s office.
Exploring these ruins, you’ll feel like you’re stepping into the past.
Try to imagine what this mine would have looked like in its heyday, bustling and busy, full of smoke and the sounds of workmen.
After a hard day in the mine, why not kick back and have some great local food at Caffi Clywedog just over the bridge?
All of the meals here are completely plant-based and delicious, so go on - treat yourself to a Clywedog flapjack or some Welsh ice cream!
Or, you could go and see what all the dam fuss is about by taking a look at Clywedog Reservoir itself.
This six-mile stretch of water is really peaceful, and there are walking trails that'll take you all the way around it.
As you stroll around, keep an eye out for all sorts of birds: from mallards and owls to buzzards and even ospreys, this place is home to many amazing species.
Whether you’re here for the history or the stunning views, the Bryntail Lead Mine Buildings are sure to leave you with a lasting impression.
This is a gorgeous place with a rich history and there’s plenty to see and do, so take a trip here and discover it for yourself.