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5c. Penmaenmawr on the North Wales Coast

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Penmaenmawr is a place I once knew well as we used to have family holidays here in the 1950s.

It was great to play on the beach and watch the steam trains go by.

You could hear the whistle of the Irish Mail train at night!

There were lovely walks on the hills above Penmaenmawr, not high, but very attractive in their own way, and what views down to the beach and the island of Anglesey.

Penmaenmawr is in the Borough of Conwy.

A view of Penmaenmawr beach as the A55 coast road sweeps by.

 

 

The sea, beach and the great quarry above Penmaenmawr, and nice white waves rolling onto the beach.

On the left is a footbridge over the railway to the beach at Penmaenmawr. The scene is most familiar and nostalgic. I remember family holidays in the 1950s, staying at a Methodist Guest House in Penmaenmawr, and playing on the beach and watching the steam trains go by, what a bonus as a keen trainspotter in those days!

 

The great Penmaenmawr quarry, still working after maybe perhaps as great as 5000 years or more! It was certainly worked in Neolithic times for its hard granite stone.

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The hills above the western part of the town contain some of the hardest rock in Britain,  where Penmaenmawr granite is quarried.

It was shaped 5000 years ago to make stone tools and in modern times for surfacing roads and pavements, ballast for railway tracks etc.

 

Penmaenmawr railway station on the line from Chester to Holyhead.

 

Looking across to the Great Orme from Penmaenmawr beach

 

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The hills above Penmaenmawr

 

 

 

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The cafe by Penmaenmawr beach.

 

The main shopping street in Penmaenmawr overlooked by the granite hills.

I remember the ironwork of the arcade in the left photograph.

 

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