Welsh Mines Society
Cymdeithas Mwyngloddiau Cymru

Autumn Field Meet and AGM - Weekend, 16th - 18th September 2006
 Royal Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire
Organiser : Mole (John Hine)

As to the programme of events, this was as follows:
  • Saturday, 16th September - Morses Level Colliery, Clearwell Caves and elsewhere !

    Morning rendezvous at Rising Sun Moseley Green (NGR  SO 631 086), near Parkend,
    for an 11.00am start.
      Option 1: A visit underground to Morses Level Colliery.
      Option 2: A surface walk somewhere in the Forest.
      Option 3: Self-guided walks or a car drive.
    All options were to finish in time for a quick lunch.

    Afternoon rendezvous at Clearwell Caves car park (NGR SO 578 084), for 2.30pm.
      Option 1: A visit into the ‘wild side’ of the Clearwell complex.  Trip not easy but not difficult either.  Low passages, scrambling, one climb, no SRT, dry.
      Option 2: A surface walk somewhere in the Forest.
      Option 3: Self-guided walks or a car drive available.
      Option 4: Clearwell Caves + option 3.

  • Saturday Evening - The evening meal, and AGM was 6:30pm for 7:00pm at The Bird in Hand, North Road, Broadwell, Nr. Coleford, GL16 7BX  Tel. 01594 832383  (View menu & location map)  Slides of mining and mines in the Forest of Dean were shown.

  • Sunday, 17th September - Wigpool Iron Mine, or surface walks / drives.

    Start times and meeting points for the following were announced Saturday evening.
      Option 1: Underground visit to Wigpool Iron Mine.  This is not an easy trip – it is damp, messy and strenuous.
      Option 2: One or possibly two surface walks in the Forest, the last to finish by 4pm.
      Option 3: Self-guided walks or a car drive.

  • Sunday Evening - As the weather was kind, a DIY barbeque was held at Mole’s (The Grottage, Cullis Lane, Mile End. NGR SO 585 119).  This was mainly of interest to those going on the Monday trip.

  • Monday, 18th September - Box Stone Quarries.

    Access conditions permitting, it was proposed to visit the famous Box Stone Quarries, west of Bath, 200 ft above the even more famous GWR Brunel railway tunnel.  This is an easy, dry underground trip.  The quarry has historical graffiti and many in-situ artefacts.

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