Welsh Mines Society
Cymdeithas Mwyngloddiau Cymru

Autumn Field Meet - Weekend, 17th - 18th September 2011
South Wales : Nantymwyn (Carmarthenshire), Nant-y-brain and Nant Gyrnant (Brecknock).
(OS Map : 1:25,000 Explorer sheet 187)
Based at The King’s Head, Llandovery.
Organisers : David James and George Hall

As to the programme of events, this was as follows:
  • Saturday 17th September - Nantymwyn - Leaders David James & George Hall

Met at 11:00am near the Upper Boat Level, Nantymwyn Mine, Rhandirmwyn, Carmarthenshire,
SN 7860 4475.  Courtesy of UPM Tilhill.   View : OS 1:50,000 Map     OS 1:25,000 Map     
 After an explanation of the geology, an initial walk was taken over the site of the Sulphide Corp. mill, to the Angred shaft winding engine house.  A return to the vehicles for lunch was followed by a walk onto Pen Cerrig-mwyn, where the remains of the more ancient / opencast works were explored - a mortar stone, incorporated in wall being noted.  Some followed this by a short underground trip into Cadno Level.
 A brief history of the site was provided by George Hall - a copy of which can be found here.

  • Saturday Evening

Dinner at The King’s Head, 1 Market Square, Llandovery, Carmarthenshire, SA20 0AB.
Tel. 01550 720 393 ;  E-mail  kingsinn@btconnect.com ;  (Map and directions)
A copy of the menu can be found here.

  • Sunday 18th September - Nant-y-brain - Leader David James

Met at 10:30am at Llwyn-derw Farm, Abergwesyn (by courtesy of Ms. Sara Ennis), SN 846 519,
( OS 1:50,000 Map ) for a walk to Nant-y-brain Mine.  ( OS 1:25,000 Map )  This is about 1 miles each way, open moorland, but fairly level.  
Bring a picnic lunch.

  Time permitting, a visit was made in the afternoon to Nant Gyrnant Mine (by courtesy of UPM Tilhill).  Returning from Llwyn-derw towards Llanwrtyd Wells do not cross the river bridge at  (old) Llanwrtyd, but turn right by St Peter’s Old Church, and then immediately left, past Dinas Mill, up a short hill, right at the T-junction, and in a few yards park in the forestry area where the road has been widened on both sides at SN 863 472.  ( OS 1:50,000 Map )
 A brief history of the site was provided by George Hall - a copy of which can be found here.

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