Welsh Mines Society
Cymdeithas Mwyngloddiau Cymru

Summer Field Meet - Weekend, 11th - 12th June 2011
Mid Wales : Dylife and Llanbrymair (Caeulan and Llanerchyraur), Montgomeryshire (Powys)
(OS Map : 1:25,000 Explorer sheet 215)
Based at The Aleppo Merchant Inn, Carno.
Organisers : David James and Michael Brown

As to the programme of events, this was as follows:
  • Saturday 11th June - Dylife - Leader David James

Suitable footwear/outdoor clothing is always advisable but this day is designed as easy pre-prandial walking.
  Met at 11:00 in the car park (off road) by Glaslyn at SN 831 943.  (View OS Map)  The track to the lake from the Dylife – Machynlleth road is rough but negotiable with care in most cars.  Permission to drive on to Cafartha (Nant ddu of O.T. Jones) was not obtained, so we walked in.  There was plenty to see, archaeologically and mineralogically, there being two options available on the day, (most did the former, some also took in partes of the latter) :
 1) Proceed down the nearby Clywedog gorge to see the magnificent lode at Castle Rock and explore the Cafartha Castle workings (nearby Dyfngwm cannot be officially visited owing to a ‘hostile’ landowner).
 2) Return to Glaslyn and take a round trip of ca 3 km across the moor to overlook / partially descend to the Glaslyn mine: easy walking with splendid views over the Dyfi valley in fine weather.  Glaslyn is a nature reserve so twitchers are advised to bring binoculars; the mine has been discussed in several recent WMS newsletters so read up and confound the authors.  There is minor underground at Cafartha (a nice copper stained footwall), a selection of ‘easy, dry’ and ‘strenuous, wet’ adits at Cafartha Castle (some visited on the 2008 WMS trip) and near Glaslyn there may be time for some to descend to the open adit at Moel Fadian but this very short trip is also very steep / strenuous and not for the faint-hearted !
A survey and some photographs (for armchair explorers) of the Moel Fadian workings can be found here.

  • Saturday Evening

Dinner at The Aleppo Merchant Inn, Carno, (Nr. Caersws), Powys, SY17 5LL.
Tel. 01686 420 210;  E-mail 'reception@thealeppo.co.uk' ;  (View OS Map)
Note : Due to closure of the Unicorn Inn, the headquarters were changed (in early May) to The Aleppo Merchant Inn. Merchant Inn. The menu for The Aleppo Merchant Inn was as shown below (cost, 15.95) - that previously provided with the Spring 2011 Newsletter for the Unicorn Inn being no longer valid.

Soup of the day, Melon Cocktail, Garlic Mushrooms
Main Course
Roast Beef, Roast Pork, Roast Turkey plus a vegetarian option (unspecified)
Selection of sweets

  • Sunday 12th June - Llanbrymair - Leader David James

Met at 10:30 at car park at SN 861 940, (View OS Map : Printable version) by the former St David’s church, Dylife, to drive together to off-road parking near Ceulan where permission for access had been obtained.

The walk was to be of about the same length / climb severity as was the walk at nearby Rhoswydol in 2008, ca 4.5 km, with the only really steep slope to be done as an easy descent, where scree can be run.  We saw the shallow adits and moor-top opencasts / open stopes of Llanerchyraur, but an accident here, requiring air-lift (detailed elsewhere), curtailed the meet, so the following was not visited :
 'The probably not linked workings at Cutia yr geifr (easy walk-in trip) on the same lode, before descending to the eastern levels of Caylan (we saw the western opencast of this in 2008) along that part of the lode which our president described in the Mining Magazine of 1956.  Then through forestry paths to Graig Goch where the Ty Isaf lode was worked and which once linked through the heart of the mountain to Llanerchyraur.'

There were nevertheless opportunities to go underground in several places and the Graig Goch lower adit reaches a huge stope where powerful lamps were very welcome and hard hats mandatory.  Some of the underground will be wet (but the water is not usually above knee level.  To see the wooden 18 inch gauge underground railway and stope on the lode in the Llanerchyraur 30 fathom level required a bit of a wriggle at entry, and a wade through the above mentioned water, but was generally deemed well worth it.

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