A region rich in natural minerals, the slate of northwest Wales first enjoyed coastal imports in the Middle Ages before the industrial revolution prompted a boom in global demand.
Communities were built on and flourished around the slate industry.
However, by the twentieth century mines and quarries had become unprofitable, forcing the majority to close while leaving the landscape irrevocably changed.
Breathing new life into communities
Fast-forward to the present day and unique new experiences are bringing much-needed employment to communities in and around the Eryri (Snowdonia) National Park.
Spearheading the revival is the Zip World brand, which maintains sites across Wales. At Zip World Slate Caverns, situated in the town of Blaenau Ffestiniog,
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