Cymdeithas Mwyngloddiau Cymru
Summer Field Meet - Weekend, 23rd
- 24th June 2012
North Wales : Moel Tryfan Slate Quarries, and Britannia Mine, Snowdon, Snowdonia.
(OS Maps : Explorer (1:25,000) Sheet OL17 'Snowdon'. Landranger (1:50,000) Sheet 115 'Snowdon')
Based at Padarn Lake Hotel, Llanberis.
Organisers : Paul Smyth
and Dave Seabourne
|As to the programme of events, this was as follows:
- Saturday 23rd
June - Moel Tryfan Slate Quarries - Leader Dr Gwynfor Pierce-Jones
Met at 11:00 at the Inigo Jones Slate Works LL54 7UE at SH 471 551, (view
road atlas or OS Map), near Groeslon on the A487 Caernarfon to Porthmadog road. Some cars were left here to travel by convoy via. a stop at the Fron & Old Braich Slate Quarries mill buidling at SH 513 549, (view OS map), to the Moel Tryfan slate quarries at NGR SH 513 558. (View OS map).
The walk was led by Dr Gwynfor Pierce-Jones who talked about the history and development of the different quarries here. Gwynfor is the mineral agent for the Caernarfonshire Crown Slate Co., who own the Moel Tryfan site and are presently working parts of it. As quarries go this is a very picturesque one and the views over to Anglesey are impressive. The walk was about 3 km. The trip left a little spare time in the afternoon for members to do their own looking around the area, where there are lots of possibilities.
Dinner, 19:00 for 19:30, at Padarn Lake Hotel, High Street, Llanberis, LL55 4SU
Tel. 01286 870 260; E-Mail
(View Street Map or OS Map)
A copy of the menu can be found here.
- Sunday 24th
June - Britannia Mine - Leaders P. Smyth & D. Seabourne (Underground) & H. Morris (Surface)
Met at 09:45 at the car park in Nant Peris at
SH 607 583, (view road atlas or OS map). We travelled from here
on a hire coach to Pen y Pass and walk to the Brittania copper mine below Snowdon along the Miners' Track.
The walk to the mill site was about 6 km and about 9 km for those on the
underground trip. The scenery here is stunning (on
a good day - which it eventaully developed into) and is a worthy objective in its own right.
The underground trip involved simple abseiling
and SRT and a very tight, but short squeeze at the
entrance. (Unfortunately this was a a little too tight for some members !) The
underground trip with walking in and out took about
seven hours, and was worth every minute of it !
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