Posted by: brigid benson | January 17, 2011

Elidir mountain

Dreary January days are not well spent indoors.

Over the weekend I went to Snowdonia where the slopes of Elidor mountain- seen across the swollen lake in the picture – conceal Europe’s largest pump stored power station, Dinorwic.

It’s hard to believe but within that rock there’s a high pressure tunnel taller than the Empire State building.  Mountain water thunders through this to create electricity on demand within a matter of seconds.

There’s no shortage of rain in Snowdonia; in winter slate grey hills are washed by white torrents gushing over scree and onto the roads below.  For me, this is definitely one of the best times of year to visit.

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Welsh mountain water


Llyn Peris and Elidor mountain

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