Welsh Mines Society
Cymdeithas Mwyngloddiau Cymru

Autumn Field Meet - Weekend 8th - 9th September 2001
North Wales : Parys Mountain & The Llandudno Copper Mines
Based at The Warwick Hotel, Llandudno
Organiser : George Hall

As to the programme of events, this was as follows :
  • Saturday 8th September - Parys Mountain

    Met at 11:00 a.m. at NGR SH 438 906, for a walk around the Parys Mountain mine site, including the 'Great Opencast', which was led by David Jenkins of the Amlwch Industrial Heritage Trust (A.I.H.T.).

    After a picnic lunch or a visit to a local hostelry, there was the choice of either :
    a.) A surface visit to Amlwch Port with the A.I.H.T., meeting at ~2:30 pm at NGR SH 453 936.
    b.) An underground trip into Parys Mountain, with the Parys Underground Group.  The underground visit wasn't particularly difficult, though there was some crawling, mainly in the entrance 'tube'.  It was however very interesting with evidence of mining from the bronze age through to the 1800's.
    The extent of accessible underground workings was limited by the water level, which was at the time backed-up above the Dyffryn Adda drainage adit.  [This was subsequently cleared in 2003, dewatering further workings to an additional depth of 40M.]
  • Saturday Evening - Dinner, (£11.00 per head), 6.30pm for 7.00pm, at The Warwick Hotel, 56 Church Walks, Llandudno, LL30 3HL.  Click here for the menu.
    The hotel is located on the north edge of the town, on the slopes of the Orme, near the lower terminus of the Great Orme Tramway.  The proprietors, Nerys & Glenn, kindly reserved the entire hotel for our use on the Saturday night. 

    A slide presentation was given by Edric Roberts of the Great Orme Exploration Society (G.O.E.S.) about the development of the Bronze Age Mines visitor attraction.

  • Sunday 9th September - The Llandudno Copper Mines

    Meeting at 10:00a.m., there was the choice of either :
    a.) A surface/underground visit to the Bronze Age Mines visitor site, located at NGR : SH 771 831.  In addition to seeing the excavated workings and artefacts dating back to the bronze age, the center was able to provide tea, coffee, and biscuits !
    b.) An underground trip, for those preferring a more adventurous time.  Members of the Great Orme Exploration Society had kindly agreed to take WMS members to one or other of Romanís Shaft or the Penmorfa Adit.  Both expeditions required you to have suitable underground clothes, hard hat, and lights, plus full SRT equipment for Roman's Shaft or a wetsuit to access the adit.  Both trips were fairly strenuous, and Roman's involved some tight squeezes.

    After a picnic lunch, or a visit to town for refreshments, there was an underground trip to Ty Gwyn Mine, again led by members of the Great Orme Exploration Society.  The only possible difficulty here was an initial descent down a vertical 18 ft. steel ladder, for which a safety rope was provided, after which the trip was a dry and easy walk - well almost !

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