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

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Next Welsh Mines Society Field Meet(s)


Summer Field Meet - Weekend 15th - 16th June 2019
North Wales :  Betws y Coed and Llandudno / The Great Orme
 [OS Map : Outdoor Leisure, 1:25,000, Sheet OL17,  'Snowdonia : Snowdon & Conwy Valley Areas']
  Pont Y Pair Inn, Holyhead road, Betws y Coed, LL24 0BN.  Tel.: 01690 710 377  E-mail : pontypairinn@gmail.com
  Situated opposite the road bridge across the Afon Llugwy.  [View OS Map]

Organisers : Paul Smyth and Dave Seabourne.

Saturday 15th June - Hafodlas Slate Quarry, Betws y Coed.
  Meet at 11:00 at layby, [NGR SH 768 576 - view OS Map], on the left before Swallow Falls on A5, after leaving Betws y Coed, traveling towards Capel Curig.  It is intended to share cars and drive on the nearby forestry road to a parking area above the slate quarry at NGR SH 783 556 [view OS Map], which is also the car parking area for Llyn Elsi.
  A 10 minute walk takes us down to the surface remains of Hafodlas where we can inspect the remains of the substantial mill buildings and main incline, which although somewhat overgrown offer some very interesting sights.
  Lunch can be eaten back at the cars.  This can be followed by a stroll around Llyn Elsi or some members may wish to visit the mining area in the vicinity of Llyn Geirionydd, to the north of Betws y Coed.

Saturday Evening
  WMS Dinner (7:00pm for 7:30pm) will be held at the Pont y Pair Inn - details above.
  The menu was included with the newsletter (also available here) and members are requested to return their choice, which should consist only of the main meal option, (choice of starter / pudding to made on the day) no later than 15th May to :
  David Seabourne, 2 Marian Road, Dolgellau, Gwynedd, LL40 1DT.
  E-mail : dgseabourne@hotmail.co.uk  Tel. : 01341 422 104.

Sunday 16th June - The Great Orme Copper Mines, Llandudno.

  Underground Trip : Penmorfa Adit
  Meet at 10:30 at NGR SH 770 822 [View OS Map]  For Sat. Navs use postcode LL30 2AY.  This is in the West Shore area of Llandudno.
  Paul Smyth has been in the Penmorfa Adit and he believes it involves a long crawl through a pipe, just a bit larger than a person, on hands and knees.  Previously there were some trolleys available which meant lying on the trolley and propelling yourself along with your feet on the roof, but it isnít known how many of these trolleys will be available, so be prepared for a long crawl (knee pads would be advisable).
  There is also some water so wellies are also advisable.  No abseiling / SRT will be involved.

[Additional notes, by MPM, not in the newsletter : The piped section is 135 metres long, with the adit continuing for a further 664 metres, initially in thigh deep water.  On the last WMS visit in Sept 2001, wet suit bottoms were worn, and wading through the water took some effort until it became shallow.  A report on the adit, by the Great Orme Exploration Society (GOES), can be found here.
The journals of GOES, containing many more articles on the explorations of Penmorfa Adit, can all be found here.]

  Great Orme Bronze Age Copper Mines
  For those not doing the Penmorfa Adit underground trip there is the option of a visit to the Great Orme Bronze Age Copper Mines.  For Sat. Navs, use postcode LL30 2XG.  [NGR SH 7710 8305 - View OS Map
  Entry fee for this is £8.00.  It is possible to drive there and park at the mine complex or take the tramway and get off at the halfway station.  There is no organised trip to this, so just make your own way in your own time.  There is no cafe here but there is one on the summit of the Orme.

Autumn Field Meet - Weekend 28th - 29th September 2019
Central Wales :  Ystumtuen & Bontgoch, Ceredigion
[OS Map : Explorer, 1:25,000, Sheets 213,  'Aberystwyth & Cwm Rheidol']


  To be advised.

Organiser : Ioan Lord.

Saturday 28th September - Ystumtuen : Penrhiw, Bwlchgwyn and Llwynteifi Mines
Meet at 11:00 at car park below fines tips at NGR SN 7380 7881 [View OS Map].  Surface walk with many surviving features, eighteenth-century workings, leats and shafts.
  Recent study of this area has brought to light many little-known facts and full mapping has now taken place.  Surface visit to nearby Cwmbrwyno Mine in the afternoon, time permitting.

Saturday Evening
  Details to be advised.

Sunday 29th September
- Bontgoch : Cefn Gwyn Mine
  Meet at 10:30 in Bontgoch village (parallel parking available on street) at NGR SN 6832 8644 [View OS Map].
  Morning : Surface walk through site, with wheelpits, adits, shafts, angle-bob remains and primitive dressing floor.
  Afternoon : Optional underground trip into adit with several artefacts and ventilation pipes in situ, and/or hand-line down 20-foot inclined shaft to see iron kibble and landing bar.  Wellies, torches and helmets needed for this option.

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