Dolgarrog Dam Disaster Memorial

Dolgarrog Dam Disaster Memorial

Dolgarrog Dam Disaster Memorial
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Holidaygirl78
Crawley, UK48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family
The memorial walk is short - 600 yards with an optional 300 yard extension - and easily accessible from the main road. We completed the whole circuit in 30 minutes, including reading all of the information panels. It is worth taking a photo of the map at the start as it shows you where the buildings were before the disaster. The whole walk was very thought provoking and definitely worth the stop to find out more about this tragic event.
Written August 11, 2021
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Hayley E
Wellington, UK125 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Couples
Found this by accident while traveling home from Llandudno, the memorial walk is well worth doing especially when you realize that the buildings and the people who lost their lives are still under the boulders brought down by the dam breaching ....also we went to vist the 2 reservoirs that flooded causing the disaster ...
I found it all very interesting and will be visiting this area again
Written August 24, 2015
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Rob L
North Wales, UK.11 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2013 • Solo
To be clear from the outset - there's not much at the site other than the remains of the dam. To truly appreciate the site it's worth doing a little research on the Dam Disaster and the events that followed. There is an informative memorial footpath starting just outside the old Dolgarrog Social Club that takes you through a site known locally as "The Boulders". The boulders that the path lead you through (some as big as a house) were washed down the mountain by the water that broke the dam and wiped out the village below killing 16 people. After the disaster the Reservoir Act of 1930 was passed to ensure building standards were adhered to in future dams.

The remains of the dam itself are still interesting to see. Large boulders that were mixed in with the cement can be seen at the fracture points in the dam and it's easy to imagine the water gushing down the valley on the fateful night of the disaster.

It's a bit of a mission to actually drive up to the dam site (although it is possible and there is a small car park around half a mile away from the dam). It would be worth asking for directions from the local shops or villagers if you are unfamiliar with the area as there are no signs up to the dam or to the memorial path (hence dropping a star).

Overall I would say it's worth a visit if you are interested in the local history and have done a little research on the dam. I can see however that by simply stumbling on the dam that it would not be as imposing.
Written October 10, 2013
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Peter Pedr J
Deganwy, UK231 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2012 • Friends
I concur with Rob, but would add that anyone with an interest in geology or geography will be horrified at the way this inferior quality concrete dam was stuck in the top of a glacial moraine which allowed the lake to scour beneath it. It is said locally that Henry Joseph Jack, of the management of the hydro-electric company, took the best concrete to build his house at Bryn Maenan up the hill on the opposite side of the valley. As the man is long dead, these things may be said without fear of libel.
To an engineer,****
I was last there several years ago, but it doesn't change.
Written November 26, 2013
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Amanda T
Lostock42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Couples
Beautiful walk, a little steep at times, but worth it to see the river and waterfalls. Sad story affiliated to this walk/memorial but a lovely tribute to those who lost their lives.
Written June 10, 2021
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MikeBirdOnline
Llandudno, UK421 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Couples
A modest garden monument to the fallen, very tasteful and imaginative.

This is a gem you really must visit if you are in the area.
Written August 24, 2019
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Jilly2903
Llan Ffestiniog, UK1,940 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
On a recent sunny Wednesday, me and Hubby decided to return to the Dam Disaster Memorial which is located on the B5106 inbetween Llanrwst and Conwy (opposite Surf Snowdonia). There is free roadside parking. We walked around the short (but slightly steep) circular trail, reading the commemorative plaques along the way.

On Monday evening, 2.11.1925, the dam wall above the village breached. Massive boulders, debris and mud were carried down the hillside by the force of the floodwater, destroying everything in its path. The villagers could hear the church bells ringing as it was being swept away. A total of 10 adults and 6 children (aged between 4 months and 5 years) died.......R.I.P.
Written May 23, 2019
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Geoff S
Rhyl, UK180 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018 • Couples
There is a small selection of walks each with information posts detailing the tragic event where a small dam burst. This is very much a memorial site situated on a steep hill with well built but slightly worn pathways. The walkways are very clear until you reach the very topmost section where the maintained path stops. There is a metal gate at this point beyond which is a sign post which we found difficult to interpret as an arrow points in a direction but there is no clear path to follow beyond it. For those with mobility issues, there are gravel tracks and many sets of steps. The lowest area is very accessible, but it is just a small part of a much larger but less accessible area.
Written January 29, 2018
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Rob D
Llanrwst, UK203 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Family
There was a special service held today to remember the Dolgarrog dam disaster and also to unveil a new memorial stone and comemorative garden. The work is very impressive and high praise was given to local residents who have supported the project - especially Dafydd Williams. Mae'n werth mynd i weld y gofeb newydd a darllen am y drychineb.
Written November 2, 2017
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Jilly2903
Llan Ffestiniog, UK1,940 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Couples
I chose to go here with my Hubby for our Wednesday walk. It is opposite the Surf Lagoon. There is free parking on the roadside. The circular walk is short but steep in places. There are a couple of resting benches. The boulders are huge and a poignant reminder of devastation they caused when the dams above burst over 90 years ago. Unfortunately, the majority of the memorial signage are now faded and unreadable so I would advise any future walkers to do some prior research via the internet so that they can fully appreciate and respect this memorial walk.
Written April 19, 2017
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