Ater my first visit to this Second World War bomb storage bunker in Llanberis several months ago, it was time to go back and have a look inside...with some company this time!
Heading back there with Andy, a seasoned veteran of disused abandoned dark places felt a little more comfortable, plus he had all the right gear for this sort of thing, mainly torches....and lots of them!!
Entering through a door where the train would have come in you find yourself greeted by darkness with just a small amount of light cast by the open door, this is as far as I got on my last visit due to a lack of suitable lighting and there is no way you could go any further without any, it is absolutely pitch black in there.
As you make your way in there is a series of openings on either side. To the right of the tracks is one room with platforms, the left leads to a further five large storage areas, this is where we headed.
The rooms are large, empty spaces with damp floors, signs of previous visitors are clear to see with graffiti on the walls and the odd empty beer can lying around. The first room you come across has an old lift shaft in the centre which would have taken the bombs up to the upper level, and at the back there is a staircase.
Once upstairs there are seven of these large storage area's. The picture above was taken about a third of the way down so you can see just how far these rooms go on for. The rooms go on and on, one after another separated by arch ways, it's difficult to imagine the scale of the operation here and the amount of bombs that were stored here.
It's so dark on the upper level that you can barely see your hand in front of your face and there's a chill to the air. We had torches, off camera flash and some smoke bomb and played around trying out dramatic shots.
After awhile we headed back to the ground level for a last look around and at the back of one the rooms we came across a big steel door that someone had conveniently cut a small hole in, unfortunately too small to get through(as someone pointed out by writing in marker pen above the hole 'can you please make this bigger before my next visit'!). Looking through the hole is a tunnel cut into the rock with a stone floor that looked to have tracks where a cart might have carried something somewhere, where and what is unknown, the tunnel bares off to the left and you barely see 10ft into it. It's a shame the hole is so small because this looks it needs further investigating.
A great day out and hopefully will get back again sometime before it's inaccessible and being used for something else(rumoured). And maybe the hole leading to the tunnel will have been made bigger!
*I don't recommend that anybody visits this site, it is dangerous and could lead to injury or harm. Anyone who does venture there does so at their own risk*