Welsh Mines Society
Cymdeithas Mwyngloddiau Cymru

Summer Field Meet - Weekend, 6th- 7th June 2009
North Wales : Dinorwig Quarry, Dorothea Quarry and, time permitting, Betws Garmon iron mines.
Based at the Dolbadarn Hotel, High Street, Llanberis
Organisers ;  Roy Fellows, Harold Morris, Dave Seaborne and Dr Gwynfor Pierce Jones

As to the programme of events, this was as follows:
  • Saturday 6th June - Dinorwig slate quarry.

Met at 11.00a.m. at the car park on the left, (immediately after the water treatment works, SH 584 599 - View OS Map) as you drive along the road towards the museum and country park. There is a charge payable by meter of 3. (Note that parking at the Slate Museum can be problematical as the gates are locked in the evening.) There is also free opportunist parking next to the Tea Pot (on main road) or in the big lay-by below Llanberis Copper Mine if people don't mind a walk.

Roy Fellows led the way in a steady downpour up to Austrailia Level, starting at the Vivian inclines - the rain didn't let up all day.

  • Saturday Evening - Dinner at the Dolbadarn Hotel, High Street, Llanberis, LL55 4SU, Tel. 01286 870 277.
    The owner and chef, Mr Aneuryn Jones offered a 3 course meal for 14.00, consisting of : 

    Vegetable Soup or Melon 
    ---- 
    Roast Beef or Roast Chicken or Vegetarian pasta dish/Fish 
    ---- 
    Apple Pie and Custard or Trifle or Ice cream 
    ---- 
    Coffee or Tea.

  • Sunday 7th June - Dorothea Quarry with Harold Morris (Note change of venue from the original intended destination of Glynrhonwy Quarry. This is due to development work at that site.
    Note also that due to ill health Dr Gwynfor Pierce Jones was unable to host this trip.)

Met at 10.30a.m. at the Old Station Car Park, Tal y Sarn, (SH 488 529 - View OS Map) for a visit which included an historical account and a visit to the interior of the Cornish engine house. After this, a stroll was taken around the surrounding quarries. Time didn't allow a possible visit to the Bettws Garmon Iron Mine. 


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Mike Munro