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UK NewsSteer clear! Haunting photos reveal mysterious car crash graveyard hidden deep inside Welsh cave

12:05  18 april  2019
12:05  18 april  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Eerie photographs capture the wreckage of old cars piled high on top of each other in what has been dubbed the 'Cavern of Lost Souls' beneath a Welsh mountain.

Explorer Gareth Owen decided to explore the disused slate mine below Ceredigion, Wales, that has turned into an underground junkyard some 60 years after it closed.

Incredible images show a singular beam of light hitting the vehicles above the still blue water, with a Ford Cortina balanced on the top.

Steer clear! Haunting photos reveal mysterious car crash graveyard hidden deep inside Welsh cave © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The remains of cars and household appliances lie in a huge pile inside the cavern that was reportedly used by locals as a dumping ground when it closed in the 1960s Despite the surprising beauty of the images, the photographer was shocked by the hundreds of cars stashed away in the 'unrecognisable rubbish tip'.

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Gareth, an electrician, from Llanberis in North Wales, said: 'Once your eyes adjust to the sudden beam of light you realise the sheer scale of the place.

'There are hundreds of cars on top of each other.

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Steer clear! Haunting photos reveal mysterious car crash graveyard hidden deep inside Welsh cave

'They are mostly unrecognisable by now but then front and center of the pile is a Ford Cortina - it was the only real colour on the pile.

'I guess being so used to photographing the natural landscapes and their beauty, photographing this spot was bittersweet for me.

'As eye-catching as it is, at the end of the day it is a rubbish tip from a time when the environment was not in the forefront of our minds.

Steer clear! Haunting photos reveal mysterious car crash graveyard hidden deep inside Welsh cave © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The photographs capture the wreckage of old cars piled high on top of each other in what has been dubbed the 'Cavern of Lost Souls' beneath a Welsh mountain 'But it is also a great reminder of how far we have come as a country to doing what we can to protect nature from now into the future.

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'The reaction to the photo itself has been immensely positive.'

It became an underground junkyard after mining operations came to an end in 1960.

A small hole was reportedly used by locals as a dumping ground, swallowing up household appliances and cars.

Mr Owen added: 'The subject matter has had a mixed response with some people not quite happy about the fact these cars were dumped underground and others seeing beauty in the carnage.

'I have done a number of underground explorations including natural caverns to old mines.

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Steer clear! Haunting photos reveal mysterious car crash graveyard hidden deep inside Welsh cave

'I really enjoy exploring the unknown beneath our feet, so having seen an image online I went on a hunt for the 'Cavern of the Lost Souls', as it is known.

'The pleasures I get from exploring underground are amazing and it's amazing to think what is right under our feet.'

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