Photographer's Note

Pictured here is a scene from the miners village at the western end of the Upper Lake at Glendalough, Co Wicklow.

Glendalough itself sits on a divide between granite and mica bedrock, and veins of metal formed between the two rock types. Principally it was lead that was found, and this village was home to the men who mined this material.

The mine ran on and off for over 150 years, but last saw inhabitants in 1965. At this place stands the remains of many of the buildings of this miners village. The ruins are standing among the spoil heaps of the old disused mines and the view of these ruins, the heaps, the marsh, cliffs, lake and piles of scree makes for a quite dramatic landscape. Some old mine machinery still dots the landscape too, rusting away in the damp mountain air.

I was amazed that these ruins dated to as late as 1965, as they are in a very decayed condition. I guess with the constant rain which seems ever present in this park, it does not take long for man made structures to fall apart. At 5.45 in the morning when I took this, its a very lonely and desolate place, 8KM from the car park where the path to this place begins.

The routes through this place are color coded so that walkers can easily follow signs for the paths that lead the way most suitable to their experience. The path leading to this place is the pink route, and one of the easiest available. Some more experienced walkers may prefer the 139km trek known as the Wicklow Way which traverses the entire park.

Its a beautiful and soggy part of Ireland.

Dedicated to Craig (Macjake), a fellow fan of spooky ruined abandoned places!

Thanks for looking!

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Additional Photos by Noel Byrne (Noel_Byrne) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4177 W: 26 N: 9240] (33774)
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