Welsh Mines Society
Cymdeithas Mwyngloddiau Cymru
(Member of the National Association of Mining History Organisations)

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Autumn Meet - Weekend 23rd - 24th September 2017
Mid-North Wales : Dinas Mawddwy Area
 - The Red Dragon Mine
 - Cowarch and Tyllau Mwyn (Friar's Coat Mine)
(Current OS Map : Outdoor Leisure, 1:25,000, Sheet OL23,  'Snowdonia : Cadair Idris Area')

Y Llew Coch (The Red Lion), Dinas Mawddwy, Machynlleth, Powys, SY20 9JA  
Tel. : 01650 531 247  e-mail : info@yllewcoch.co.uk
(NGR : SH 859 148 - View OS Map)
Members should make their bookings direct.  Nearby alternative accommodation listed below.

Organiser : David Roe - with thanks to Dave Seaboume and Simon Harris for their assistance

Field Trip Leader : David Roe

Saturday 23rd September
- The Red Dragon Mine
  Meet at 11:00 am at the farm  on the left hand side of the A 470 road from Dinas Mawddwy to Dolgellau.  (NGR SH 847 153 - View OS Map)  The farmer has kindly agreed for us to park on his land - please follow instructions on arrival.
  We will take the bridleway for a two kilometre walk up the Maesglase valley to this iconic mine site, that was the subject of a great deal of work by WMS Members under the guidance of Simon Harris in the 1990's.
  The remains include leats, an open adit, carpenters and blacksmiths shops, wheel pit, and the building that once housed the Perkes crushing & amalgamating machine of 1854 - the base of which was lovingly excavated and consolidated by WMS members over twenty years ago.
  Bring your lunch and be prepared for inclement weather.  

  David Roe has produced a 24 page memorial booklet on the Red Dragon Mine as seen through the items from the first 50 WMS Newsletters.  It also includes a number of colour photographs taken during the work we did in the 1990s.  
  A digital copy is available for download here, in addition to a limited number of hard copies being made available during the day – any spare copies will be available to those not attending for 3 (including post & packing).

Saturday Evening
  WMS Dinner at the (highly recommended) Red Lion / Y Llew Coch. 7.00 pm  for 7.30 pm
  A copy of the menu (available here) was included with Spring 2017 Newsletter and it would greatly assist the catering if you could return your choices to :
  David Roe, 20, Lutterbum Street, Ugborough, Ivybridge, Devon PL21 ONG
  E-mail davidroeqsa@gmail.com, Tel.: 01752 896 432
ASAP please (because otherwise you will forget !) and no later than 10th September.

Sunday 24th September - Cowarch and Tyllau Mwyn (Friar's Coat Mine)

 The Strenuous Route
  Meet at 10:30 am at Cowarch (NGR SH 852 187 - View OS Map) (there is ample parking at the end of the valley) for a brief look at the limited remains of the Cowarch Lead Mine.  We will then set off up the footpath to the top of the ridge at a leisurely rate set by our field trip leader.  It's about 1200 feet to be climbed - say 90 minutes - so it's a stiff climb but great fun.
  At the top we will then head north for the scattered remains of Tyllau Mwyn iron mine at NGR SH 844 205 that David Bick
associated with Elizabeth Baker's "Friar's Coat" Mine of 1770.  We will return by Glasgwm and will view the mysterious ruins high on the ridge before returning to Cowarch.  
 Hopefully we will not re-enact Mrs Baker's experience :
  "Last Friday I was at the long concealed spot that produced the Friar's Coat ... Hail, rain and the tops of mountains covered with snow; for two miles at least on the edge of a precipice the mare climb'd the rock .... And the rain ran off my petticoats as they were too wet to receive more."

  The Less Strenuous Route

  We have been successful in gaining permission from NRW to use the forestry track from the northern side of the mountain via Coed y Brenin.  Organising this route has proved rather more complex than originally expected.  David Seabourne has done some excellent work with the Forestry paperwork and we have at last got permission to use the forestry road to the Friar’s Coat Mine (Tyllau Mwyn iron mine) at NGR SH 844 205 (View OS Map).
  So far (early Sept) several people said that they intend to use this route – if you wish to join them please contact me on davidroeqsa@gmail.com. Tel.: 01752 896 432  As soon as some last details are settled, I will email all concerned with the details of access, parking and timing.

  There are a limited number of rooms available at the Red Lion Hotel but there are numerous B&B's in the area (Jason & Jill's B&B at Ty Derw, Tel. 01650 531 318 is particularly recommended) and there are two campsites within a few hundred yards of Dinas Mawddwy.

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