10th July 2010 - Nigel - SH 7745 6546
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Ed organised the trip to Cae Coch which was moved to the Saturday so as not to clash with P8. We met in Betws-y-Coed in the rain (!) and drove up to the area to change. There was Ed and Bev, three of his friends, Tom and me.
After a long slog up the incline, we reached the entrance and started on a tour round the mine in a clockwise fashion. First we looked down at some very red pools and sticky mud at the bottom of the workings and then gradually climbed up to the higher levels. Several of the pillars looked quite dodgy but nothing fell off so we carried on. At the higher level, we found an internal incline and then a partly blocked level which was easily passed through some higher stopes. Dropping back to the level, we found another incline this time pointing out of the mine.
Following this down, there were a few bats flying about so we kept well clear of them and then at the bottom a side chamber had a huge ore chute coming down from another higher level. Up there, we found a particularly dark and evil looking pool which Ed sampled; even his brightest torch couldn't penetrate the gloomy water.
A few more pictures were taken including the video of a splendid snottite stalactite which can be watched on the report in the external link.
The entrance was never too far away and soon we returned to daylight. A brief visit was made to the quarry to the south and then back down the incline and off to the cars to change.
A good trip was had by all; thanks, Ed, for taking us there and showing us round.
Below 1: On the incline Below 2: The entrance from inside Below 3: Red pools Below 4: Snottite flows
Below 1: Some timbering from the last phase of working Below 2: More red pools Below 3: Pillar and stall working Below 4: More stal
Below 1: Timber supports Below 2: Collapsed level Below 3: The ore chute Below 4: Timbers in the entrance