Welsh Mines Society
Cymdeithas Mwyngloddiau Cymru

Autumn Field Meet and AGM - Weekend 15th - 16th September 2007
Snowdonia Copper and Manganese
Organiser : Harold Morris

As to the programme of events, this was as follows:
  • Saturday 15th September - Moel Hebog copper mine, SH 558 472 (View OS Map)
    See the Cwm Pennant section of David Bick’s 'The Old Copper Mines of Snowdonia' for further information.

    Morning rendezvous at Cwrt Isaf farm, Cwm Pennant, SH 539 464 (View OS Map) for an 11:00am start where there is parking for a number of cars (small fee payable).
    The walk to the mine from Cwrt Isaf farm follows a public footpath and crosses the course of the old tramway and continues in a north-easterly direction to the mine.  The distance from the farm is of the order of two kilometres, climbing steadily over easy ground with a height gain of about 280 metres.  Those with the urge to climb a little higher visited the asbestos mine on Moel yr Ogof.

  • Saturday Evening - The evening meal, (7:00pm for 7:30pm), and AGM was held at the Porthmadog Golf Club, Morfa Bychan, Gwynedd LL49 9UU, 01766 512037, SH 5505 3725 View OS Map, a little over a mile from Porthmadog.  The three course meal was a carvery (plus a vegetarian alternative) with a good choice of meats and vegetables.

    Despite the Golf Club requiring its guests to observe its dress code which is a minimum of ‘smart casual’, i.e. no denims, trainers, T-shirts without collars or clothing with garish logos or slogans, (which would normally have meant that the meal had a much reduced number of attendees), it's believed that no WMS members were prevented access, including its Chairman, who covered up his Mole-skins specially for the occasion !

  • Sunday 16th September - The manganese mines of Moel Ysgyfarnogod 

    Met at 10:30am at SH 629 342. View Road Atlas & View OS MapDirections: take the A487 Harlech road out of Porthmadog and turn right in Penrhyndeudraeth (signposted Harlech).  Having passed over the toll bridge at Pont Briwet, turn right at crossroads at the end of the bridge road (again signed Harlech).  Follow this road through Talsarnau village and, about a kilometre beyond the village, the lower (main) road to Harlech branches off to the right, ignore this and continue along what is known as the higher road to Harlech.  Just under ½ a kilometre ahead turn off sharp left by a bridge and follow the road up a steep hill for less than a kilometre to a very small village called Eisingrug.  Ignore the first branch to the right but turn right at the second, up beside the Maes y Neuadd hotel.  The road, which is narrow, climbs steeply at first and involves the passage of a gate.  A little over 1½ kilometres from the hotel, there is grassy parking space by the roadside with a gated bridge to the right at SH 629 342.  A parking charge is made by the farmer, but all proceeds go to the Air Ambulance service which is an excellent cause.

      The track over the bridge was followed on foot to the mines in the vicinity of Llyn yr Eiddew Mawr @ SH 645 340, (View OS Map and mine details) and higher again to those below the summit of Moel Ysgyfarnogod @ SH 651 347, (View OS Map and mine details).   There are no very steep gradients.  The area is of great historic interest having many burial sites, standing stones, together with a fine stone circle called Bryn Cader Faner.

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