Welsh Mines Society
Cymdeithas Mwyngloddiau Cymru
Summer Field Meet - Weekend 16th - 17th June 2018
North Wales : Stone in Conwy & Copper in Anglesey
Based at the Dinorben Arms Hotel, Amlwch
Organisers : Paul Smythe and Dave Seabourne
[ Current OS Maps : Outdoor Leisure 1:25,000 Sht.OL17, 'Snowdonia : Snowdon & Conwy Valley Areas'
and, Explorer 1:25,000 Shts. 262 & 263, 'Anglesey West' & 'Anglesey East' ]
|As to the programme of events, this was as follows :
- Saturday 16th June - Penmaenmawr Stone Quarry
We met at 11.00 am at Penmaenmawr Quarry, Hanson
Aggregates, Bangor Road, Penmaenmawr, Conwy, LL34 6NA, NGR : SH 714
758 - View 1:50,000 OS
Map. (Arrow points to entrance road to quarry.)
Coming from the Bangor direction on the A55, take the first turn-off
for Penmaenmawr and head for the town centre, i.e. turn left onto
Bangor Road. After 50 metres turn right at the Hanson sign.
Coming from the Conwy direction on the A55, take the first turn-off
for Penmaenmawr and go through the town on Conwy Road, which becomes
Bangor Road, turning left at the Hanson sign.
Drive up to the gatehouse and you will be directed to the parking
area. This was a guided tour of the quarry and its workings
and we were taken around on a coach provided by the quarry.
The tour lasted about two hours.
The quarry needed to know numbers beforehand so members had to book
a place with Paul Smyth four weeks in advance for this trip.
- The quarries are spectacularly located on the north Wales coast, circa
NGR SH 708 755
View 1:25,000 OS
- An introduction to the archaeology of the quarries can be found in the
Gwynedd Archaeological Trust Report available for download.
- Another field based report, which focuses on the tramways, can be found here.
- Saturday Evening
Dinner, 7:00 pm for 7:30 pm, at the Dinorben Arms Hotel,
Amlwch, Isle of Anglesey, LL68 9AL.
(NGR : SH 4417 9291 - View OS Map)
The cost for a three course meal was £21.95 per person.
The menu was included with the Spring 2018 Newsletter, and a
copy is available
It was planned that an after-dinner speaker would be available to
give a talk about Parys Mountain.
Accommodation was of course available at the Hotel, but if a room
with a sea view is desired, members were to consider contacting the
nearby Trecastell, or Cemaes Bay Hotels.
- Sunday 17th June - Parys Mountain and Amlwch Port, Anglesey
Met at 10.30am at Parys Mountain for the option of either an
underground trip or surface tour.
From Amlwch take the B5111 signposted to Rhosybol and park at the large
car park on the west side of Parys Mountain, at NGR : SH 4375 9050 (View
Map or Road Atlas)
There was an underground
trip [into the workings in Parys Mountain, which are accessible down to the
45fm (drainage adit) level] with guides from the Parys Underground
planning on going needed to book a month beforehand - underground numbers
being limited to fourteen (seven per leader) and were on a first come
first served basis. With two leaders it was possible to have a
softer trip and a more strenuous, wetter trip. The extent of the
trips was decided on the day when numbers and desires were known.
Note : Underground insurance was required, proof (BCA card) needed
to be provided on the day. If you forgot your card, or weren't
insured, this could be purchased for the day for a fee of £10.00
Essential reading for those thinking about joining the underground
trip has been produced by the Parys Underground Group (PUG) and is available
for download here.
The main PUG website can be found here.
who preferred not to go on the underground trip, David James led a surface
tour of the Parys Mountain site.
Amlwch Port is a very interesting place to visit, (read about it here)
and has three museums :
1. The Copper Kingdom : The story of Parys
2. GeoMon Anglesey Geopark - Heritage Hub : The geological history of
3. The Sail Loft :
Maritime history of the area. (It also has a café !)
The All Wales coast path also runs through the port.
There is ample
parking at the port or at the start of the road leading from the town to