Leats and mines in the Sierra Nevada
By Robert W Barnes LOOKING to expand the localities for members of the Los Alcázares Digital Camera Club to obtain that perfect photograph, your scribe took a reconnaissance across both the Sierras Nevada and Gador, in the region of Andalucia, during September.
Leats, or ditches if you will, follow the contours of the high sierras at over 1,400 meters, bringing snow-melt during the winter months and natural spring water at other times, gradually down the mountains to reservoirs, where the precious water, reaches via pipework, farm houses and domestic homes.
Until the demise of the lead mining industries, this water supplied boilers and motive power to pithead machinery. The leats, some over 20 miles long, are known to exist since the 11th century. My photographs show leats as they reach lower levels of the sierras.
Two mines were visited on this three-day wandering. Mina La Granina, located near the village of Fondón, the other, Mina Carmen, in the valley close to El Marchal de Anton López (population just 70 people).
Both sites offer great scope for members to obtain that perfect photograph. My photographs show Mina La Granina pithead structure and the winding drum along with associated gearing, all in good condition, originally installed in 1931. Mina Carmen, extends up the hillside, to adits and workings, driven into the hillside. Quite a climb I can assure you!
All that remains now is to persuade club president John Dorsett, to agree to an adventure to Andalucía. I’m working on it. For information see www.los-alcazares-camera.club