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Report - Cwmorthin Slate Mine, Blaenau ffestiniog, Wales, May 2012

Discussion in 'Mines and Quarries' started by Degenatron, Jun 1, 2012.

  1. Degenatron

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    Well last weekend it was my turn to pay a visit to the mine of the moment. Its not much of a report. It was more just an introduction to Cwmorthin. Its such a huge place we only saw a small part of it. We even missed some of the popular photo opportunities that have featured in most other peoples reports and instead ended up going round in circles and ending up back where we started a few times. :rolleyes: Next time I may have to go with someone who knows their way around the place. Despite our bad sense of direction it was great to have a look at the place.

    Some history taken from The freinds of Cwmorthin website

    Explored with Trancentral and Rocks

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    The walk up to the mine itself is enjoyable. The scenery is beautiful and as you reach the lake there are many ruined buildings on the surface scattered about the place.

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    Not much to see here

    As we approached the entrance, the blistering heat was replaced with the icy cold blast of air blowing through the gate out of the mine. We put some layers on, got the torches out and in we went.

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    The litter kind of spoils the shot, I should have removed it really.

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    Whats left of some supports.

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    A couple of attempts of photographing the rather epic but notoriously difficult to light staircase.

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    Note the camera was level for this shot

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    The flooded floor at the bottom of the incline.

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    Looking down. This part is accessible but unprepared without waders, I chickened out. :gay

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    Probably an appropriate place to end this half assed report.:D

    Thanks for looking.
     

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