ALL VISITORS AND CONTRACTORS MUST REPORT TO MAIN OFFICE
CHILDREN MUST NOT PLAY ON THIS SITE
No access for unauthorised persons
DANGER Quarry workings
High visibility clothing must be worn
Foot protection must be worn
Head protection must be worn
THINK SAFETY! AVOID ACCIDENTS.
On the left there was a much smaller public green and yellow public footpath sign. A bit tentatively, hoping I was not about to be shot or mauled by guard dogs, I carried on. I soon came to a place where another public footpath sign pointed uphill through thick rhododhendrons, just as the Nutalls advise, so I followed it up, finding it, just as they say, a tad overgrown. This leads, again as Nuttalls say, to a ruined winding house with cable and drum. At which point I encountered the day’s second discouraging sign. This one says, in very faded letters, again in Welsh and English:
Public footpath ends here. Please return along footpath.
Looking at the map there look to be two rights of way that don’t quite join. But what the Nuttalls say is OK is surely OK so I scrambled over a pile of old slate blocking the way and carried on north east to reach again as advertised by Nuttalls, another ruined winding house. This brought to an end the rather fraught first stage of the walk which all felt rather like I was trespassing on a not very safe industrial site. Now it got much better.