Welsh Mines Society
Cymdeithas Mwyngloddiau Cymru
Autumn Field Meet - Weekend 21st - 22nd September 2002
Royal Forest of Dean
Based at The Victoria Hotel, Newnham on Severn
Organisers : ‘Mole’ (aka John Hine) & David Bick
As to the programme of events, this was as follows :
Saturday 21st September - Old Ham Iron Mine and Bixslade
Met at 12 noon at The Rising Sun, Mosely Green, for lunch. Located in the
heart of the Forest of Dean at NGR : SO 631 086 - View
OS Map. After lunch there were the following options :
Underground Trips: Old Ham Iron Mine, courtesy of Clearwell
Caves. Fairly easy going, 3-4 hrs, leader Mole, or a visit to Hopewell
Museum, a walk-in trip, apparently suitable for your best suit !
Museum at : NGR
SO 603 114 - View
Surface Walk: Bixslade Valley where an active coal mine and
stone quarries were observed. Long disused iron workings were also
viewed. NGR SO 6065 0990 - View
Saturday Evening - Dinner at the Victoria Hotel, Newnham on Severn, Gloucester. View menu.
A lengthy discussion regarding insurance issues and other administrative aspects ensued.
Sunday 22nd September - Wigpool Iron Mine and Bixslade
Met at 10 a.m. at The Rising Sun. Again there was a choice of activities :
Underground Trip: Wigpool Iron Mine, fairly rough and steep
workings, leader Mole.
Surface Walk: Oakwood Valley Noting the entrance to 'Oakwood
Mill Deep Level', took a stroll along 'Dykes Tramway' to the location of
'China Engine Iron Mine'. Retraced our steps and took a glance at
the remains of Oakwood blast furnace, before going (via. the Rising Sun
at Bream !) to Fairplay & Westburybrook Iron Mines. The day was
rounded off by a look at the Lightmoor colliery site and the mighty fine