Welsh Mines Society
Cymdeithas Mwyngloddiau Cymru

Summer Field Meet - Weekend 16th - 17th June 2018
North Wales : Stone & Copper in Conwy and Anglesey
Penmaenmawr Stone Quarry, Caernarvonshire,
[ Current OS Map : Outdoor Leisure 1:25,000 Sheet OL17,  'Snowdonia : Snowdon & Conwy Valley Areas' ]
Parys Mountain and Amlwch Port, Anglesey.
[ Current OS Map : Explorer, 1:25,000, Sheets 262 & 263,  'Anglesey West' & 'Anglesey East' ]

Based at the Dinorben Arms Hotel, Amlwch.

 Paul Smythe and Dave Seaboume

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.

Additional Information
 - The quarries are spectacularly located on the north Wales coast, circa NGR SH 708 755
View 1:25,000 OS Map.
 - 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)  
Tel. : 01407 803 358 or 803 671  E-mail : dinorbenarms@yahoo.co.uk

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 here.
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 1:25,000 OS Map or Road Atlas

Underground Trip
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 Group.  Those 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 

Additional Information
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.

Surface Trip
For those 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 Mountain.
 2. GeoMon Anglesey Geopark - Heritage Hub : The geological history of Anglesey.
 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 the port.

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