A very enjoyable day trip on a nice sunny day (rare this last few months) while visiting my Daughter in Somerset.
We visited deepest darkest Wales and decided some exploring near Abergavenny was in order. There was an ulterior motive; a search for a house I lived in for a short time when knee high to a Grasshopper.
I had a memory of a river, Dam and heading away from Abergavenny, but no names other than it was near a place called Forest Coal Pit. The river was in a valley on the right hand side going towards the dam. Out came the O.S map of the area and after following a few very ! narrow roads, found it and now know the name of the river again – Grwyne Fawr.
Anyone who has read or knows ‘The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe’ by C S Lewis, maybe interested in a little story about the Malvern gas lamps. Apparently, Lewis & some friends had been drinking in what is believed to have been the The Unicorn public house (Beer and all things drinkable, for those not familiar with the term) on the corner of Belle Vue Terrace Malvern. It had been snowing and on the journey home, Lewis is said to have been inspired by the sight of these lamps glowing in the falling snow, he is quoted as saying “that would make a very nice opening line to a book” The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe used that image as the children enter the realm of Narnia.
Both C S Lewis and J R R Tolkien regularly visited and walked in the Malvern Hills.
Many of the lamps have been restored and listed as historical items; so although at one point ‘Bean Counters’ decided they were costly & should be removed, common-sense prevailed and about 109 were saved.
These traps are quite common on the Jebel but very few are in perfect working order. This one on the other hand would only need the front drop-stone lifting and supported by a stick: it would then be ready for the unfortunate wolf.
In case anyone is interested: it’s at about 9500ft & unfortunately for most people, in the restricted area.
An update – these could be hard Calcite crystals given their luminosity: reading a couple of technical papers (see link below) on the geological structure of Jebel Shams would seem to indicate this.
I have limited knowledge on the subject of geology.
A pdf paper from GeoArabia: click the link & click again on the new page for document.
Evolution of fractures in a highly dynamic thermal