Welsh Mines Society Cymdeithas Mwyngloddiau Cymru

Autumn Field Meet and AGM - Weekend, 19th-20th September 2009

South Wales : Pontypridd, Clydach and Blaenavon

Based at The Usk Inn, Station Road, Talybont on Usk, Brecon
Organisers; Terry Evans and Geoff Newton

  OS Explorer 166, 'Rhondda and Merthyr Tydfil' and OS Outdoor Leisure 13, 'Brecon Beacons - Eastern'.

As to the programme of events, this was as follows :

  • Saturday 19th September - Pontypridd and Clydach 

    Met at Hetty Pit, Rhondda valley, Pontypridd ST 0545 9090 (View OS Map) (about 1 1/2 miles up the Rhondda Valley from Pontypridd on the A 4058.)  Parking on opposite side of main road from the headframe and winder on site of former railway sidings and go up the steps into the engine house.  The winding house/fan house was specially opened from 10.00 onwards - with 1 per head donation to the Hetty Engine Trust. Winder is a Barker and Cope 1875, twin 36in. with piston valves and is on a 392yd. shaft. (Because of cost of hiring a compressor the engine was not running but members were able to clamber over the whole site).  Close by at ST 083 886 (View OS Map) the University of Glamorgan grounds contain the 1845 Varteg Iron Co. beam engine used for pumping and winding at Newbridge Colliery, which some visited, whilst Rhondda Heritage (entrance fee) also has restored engines. 

    14.00 Met at Clydach Ironworks, SO 230 132. (View OS Map)  [This is the first turning right going down Clydach george on the 'Heads of the Valleys' road, where the road goes into a bit of a dip, signposted Clydach South etc.]   An excavated set of C18/C19 furnaces were viewed, and are set in an area of extensive ironstone, coal and limestone working with tramroad and railway remains feeding to the Brecon and Abergavenny Canal.  A circular walk was followed, mostly on the tracks of various inclines and railways.

    Leader Terry Evans & Robin

Saturday Evening Met 7p.m. for dinner at 7.30p.m. at the The Usk Inn. 

~ ~ ~ Starters ~ ~ ~
Leek and Potato Soup, 
Prawn cocktail, or 
Chicken Liver Pate served with Onion Marmalade and Toast 
~ ~ ~ Main course ~ ~ ~
Roast Sirloin of Beef with Yorkshire Pudding roast potatoes and vegetables, 
Salmon Steak served with a Butter Sauce and vegetables on a bed of spinach, or 
Vegetable Ravioli served with a Spicy Tomato Sauce garnished with continental vegetables 
~ ~ ~ Sweet ~ ~ ~ 
Blackcurrant and Bacardi Cheesecake, 
Apple Tart and Custard, or 
Trio of Ice-cream 

Coffee or Tea    ...and very good it was too !

  • Sunday 20th September - Blaenavon

    Met at 10.30 in Blaenavon Ironworks car park SO 250 093 (View OS Map) for a walk c. 3.5 mile over rough ground over the Northern Outcrop.  Early iron-ore trenches, bell-pits, tramroad incline and brake gear, powder store, early and late coal shafts, railway incline and WWII strip mining were all viewed.

    Leader Terry Evans 

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