Llanberis WW2 Bomb Store

I'd seen a few pictures and read a bit about a WW2 bomb storage bunker somewhere near Llanberis, it looked fascinating so I thought I'd have a drive down there and see if I could find it for myself.

  RAF storage for bombs during WW2

RAF storage for bombs during WW2

The Llanberis RAF reserve depot was built in 1939 to store bombs on the disused quay site at Glyn Rhonwy.  It held up to 20% of the RAF's total bomb reserve during WW2. It had a full gauge rail track to transport the loads in. Originally it was covered and protected from site by a roof which was covered in broken slate to hide it from aerial view. Due to poor construction and the weight the roof collapsed around 1942. After the war the site was used to dump of bombs left over.

From the information I had found online I was unable to get an exact location, just that it was amongst the quay sites at Glyn Rhonwy near Llanberis, how had could it be to find? It turned out to be very!!

I arrived, parked up and set on my way. After a short time I started to realise this might be harder than I had anticipated. There was fences, mountains of quarried slate, overgrown bushes and trees. A walked around trying to peer in through the fences to hopefully catch a glimpse, but all I see were very deep disused quarries.

On the hottest day of the year so far I walked and walked, getting higher up with each quay passed. And then, hot and dehydrated and having gone about as far up as was possible, I gave up and decided to walk back down to Llanberis and get some food and a brew(and do what I should have possibly done in the first place and ask someone!!).

After a bite to eat and a brew in Pete's Eat's, and some local knowledge, I found out that the bunkers location was about 50 yrds from where I'd parked my car in the first place.

I made my way along the fence surrounding the area until I found a convenient hole, made my way through and wow, what a sight!! 

  Down on the court yard

Down on the court yard

Once inside the fencing despite how it looks it's quite easy to get down onto the court yard area. At the far end of the court yard you can see an open two level structure with doors leading inside and underground to the storage areas.

  Storage areas

Storage areas

On the right had side there huge tunnel under the road leading to a set of big metal gates, this is where the train would have entered along the sunken rail tracks which lead to a set of yellow doors. There would have been no doors there originally and the train would have driven straight in for unloading or loading.

  Sunken rail tracks leading inside

Sunken rail tracks leading inside

The door is open, so I made my way carefully inside. It was very dark but I could just about make out the tracks leading down a long room with doorways heading off from either side.

  Inside the storage area

Inside the storage area

It was at this point, that being without a torch, that I decide to end my visit. Unable to see and not know what kind of condition the building was in I felt it best to make a retreat, also thoughts of The X Files and Most Haunted started to creep into mind!!

I will return for more investigation with a good torch and maybe some company(human!!)

A point of note, I don't recommend that anyone attempts to get down to the site, it is very dangerous and could lead to injury!

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