Welsh Mines Society
Cymdeithas Mwyngloddiau Cymru

Summer Field Meet - Weekend 11th - 12th June 2016
North Wales
- Cwm Machno / Rhiwbach slate quarries, Caernarfonshire,
- Gefail y Miners, & Cwm Prysor Copper Mines, Merionethshire.
[Current OS Map : Explorer 1:25,000 Sheet OL18, 'Harlech, Porthmadog & Bala'.]

Based at the Royal Oak Hotel / Llugwy River Restaurant, Betws-y-Coed.

 Raymond Griffiths, Jo Dawson & Neil Culross

As to the programme of events, this was as follows:
  • Saturday 11th June - Cwm Machno and Rhiwbach Slate Quarries.

Met at 10.30am at Cwm Machno Quarry in Cwm Penmachno (SH 752 472 - View OS Map or Road Atlas) for a walk through Cwm Machno quarry and up to Rhiwbach.  It was advised to drive carefully through Cwm Penmachno village and park considerately.  A fairly steep climb up to Rhiw Bach on stony tracks with some wet areas - good footwear being recommended.

Following the walk, there was an opportunity to visit the Shiloh Community Hall in Cwm for afternoon tea and to view the museum in the Heritage Room.

  • Saturday Evening

Dinner, 7:00 pm for 7:30 pm, at the Llugwy River Restaurant, Royal Oak Hotel, Betws-y-Coed,
LL24 OAY.  (NGR : SH 7930 5655 - View OS Map)  Tel. 01690 710 219 or 710 011

The cost for three courses was £25 per person.
A copy of the updated menu (as of 20th May 2016) is available here.  Note that this is a revised version of that included with Spring 2016 Newsletter.

  • Sunday 12th June - Gefail y Miners and Cwm Prysor Copper Mines.

Met at 10.30am, parking off the A4212 between Trawsfynydd and Bala at SH 784 387 (View OS Map or Road Atlas).  There is a rough layby here where the old railway line leaves the line of the road. Approx 45 min. walk along forest tracks to the site of Gefail y Miners. It was also possible to visit the Cwm Prysor railway viaduct with the Cwm Prysor copper mine below it.

There were opportunities for further visits in the following week for those who were staying in the area.

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Mike Munro