Welsh Mines Society
Cymdeithas Mwyngloddiau Cymru
Autumn Field Meet - Weekend 18th - 19th
Clynnog Fawr areas,
Gwynedd, North Wales
Based at the The Marine Hotel, Criccieth
Organiser : Harold Morris
As to the programme of events, this was as follows:
Saturday 18th September -
Met in lay-by on the A485 road, between Penrhyndeudraeth and Garreg
at 11:00 a.m. NGR SH 614 400
OS Map) The walk was of the order of 4 miles, taking in the Pant
y Wrach mine; a recently re-discovered bole site on the ridge above, then
on east to Penrallt or Catherine & Jane mine, finally north across
the spine of the ridge to Bwlch y Plwm mine. From here a return to
the cars was made along a minor road, distance about 1 mile.
Saturday Evening - Dinner at the Marine Hotel, Castle Street,
Criccieth. Download the Menu.
NGR SH 499 378 (View location
AGM was held and next years meetings agreed upon.
Sunday 19th September - A visit
to the manganese mine of Seler Ddu on the slopes of Bwlch Mawr, a mountain
with its summit at
NGR SH 426 478. Met at 10:30 a.m.
at a very small lay-by\passing place close to a very prominent radio mast
at NGR SH 437 478.
The mine is located on the south east side of the mountain,
at NGR SH 431 471. (View
OS Map) The Seler Ddu mine is fairly small but very interesting
underground, being, I feel, quite unique in the means adopted for
the support of the worked areas. At several places, large stones
of a different nature to the country rock have being carried in from the
mountainside and used to construct support pillars. The whole working
appears to have been excavated using picks only, as no shot-holes are to