Welsh Mines Society

Cymdeithas Mwyngloddiau Cymru
Autumn Field Meet and AGM - Weekend, 20th-21st September 2008

Mid-Wales, Llanidloes, Powys - Dylife and Rhoswydol Mines

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 for further information on this location.)
      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 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 4Ė5km.
  • 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, and vegetarian option of Nut Roast or Med. Vegetable Bake. Choice of nine vegetables
      Sweet ; Choice of three, followed by tea or coffee.
  • Sunday 21st September

  •   Again met at 10.30a.m. at the car park (SN 861 940) 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.

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