Welsh Mines Society
Cymdeithas Mwyngloddiau Cymru
Autumn Field Meet and AGM - Weekend, 20th - 21st
Mid-Wales, Llanidloes, Powys - Dylife and Rhoswydol
Based at the Red Lion Hotel, Llanidloes
Organisers : David James (surface) & Michael Brown (underground)
As to the programme of events, this was as follows:
Saturday 20th September - Dylife, SN 857 941 - View
OS Map (See David Bickís 'The Old Metal Mines of Mid-Wales; Pt.4', pp.20-23.)
Met at 10.30a.m. at the car park (SN
861 940) by the former St. Davidís church.
Many members will recall that 2008 is the thirtieth anniversary
of the Dylife meeting organised by David Bick to gauge support for the
idea of what became the Welsh Mines Society in 1979. There has been
much recent work in the Dylife area, including important new discoveries
by Michael Brown below grass, some of which were explored by those appropriately
insured and equipped.
The walk involved visits to the following : Esgairgaled, the
Red Wheel pit, the junction of the lodes, the Dylife lode outcrop workings
and the workings along the Clywedog to Castle Rock: total distance approximately
Saturday Evening - The evening meal was taken at the Red
Lion Hotel, 8 Longbridge Street, Llanidloes SY18 6EE. Menu was as follows :
- Starter -
Melon balls or Thick country vegetable soup
- Main Course -
Carvery with three meats: Beef, Pork, and Lamb
White meat option Turkey
Vegetarian option of Nut Roast or Med. Vegetable Bake.
All with choice of nine vegetables
- Sweet -
Choice of three, followed by tea or coffee.
Sunday 21st September - Rhoswydol
Again met at 10.30a.m. at the same car park as Saturday, by the former St. Davidís church to drive together to the
farm track to Rhoswydol where permission for access was granted for 4x4
vehicles especially for the final ferrying across Nant y Fedw. The
walk started from the area of Prosserís adit, visiting the site of
Greenís mill then climbing Banc Rhoswydol (fairly steep but good footing)
to see the workings above Smithy level.
We crossed the summit and took the forestry tracks to the western
Ceulan opencast on the main lode, returning on more gentle tracks to the
vehicles via Field shaft: total distance approximately 4km. There
were minor opportunities for underground ventures in a couple of places.