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Cwmorthin Slate Mine

28th October 2012 - Nigel Dibben - SH 6794 4629

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Steve “Daggers” Dalgliesh had invited club members to a trip round Cwmorthin. For a variety of reasons, people couldn’t make it but in the end Olly and I went down with Steve and Mark from the Masson Caving Group. With just four of us, we made good progress round the mine seeing a great deal of it on the way. Steve’s round tour took in a route through numerous huge chambers, waist deep water, over bridges, up and down inclines and miners’ staircases. There is plenty of industrial archaeology to see as the mine was last worked in the 1980s but there are remains from the 1930s, 1880s and even earlier. It was a cold wet day and the draught seemed to come from the Arctic, down the Oakley workings and straight back to the Cwmorthin entrance via every passage we used but despite that, we were able to keep warm by keeping on the move. With help from Olly, Mark and Steve, I got a few snaps which are below and I’ve set up an album with a load more pictures.

A really good trip which easily compensated from the drive over and walk up the hill. I’d strongly recommend anyone who can to get a visit in there some time.
 

Below 1: Crane/hauling winch at the top of an incline   Below 2: One of the flooded inclines, going down from chamber 1 west floor E to floor G   Below 3: Chamber 35 where we stopped for lunch in the Caban   Below 4: Crossing a bridge on floor C somewhere around chamber 4 east   

Picture 1: Crane/hauling winch at the top of an incline Picture 2: One of the flooded inclines, going down from chamber 1 west floor E to floor G Picture 3: Chamber 35 where we stopped for lunch in the Caban Picture 4: Crossing a bridge on floor C somewhere around chamber 4 east

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