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Report - Cwmorthin slate mine Wales October 2016

Discussion in 'Mines and Quarries' started by Lavino, Oct 10, 2016.

  1. Lavino

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    visited cwmorthin slate mine with @The Kwan @Dangle_Angle and @Trancentral thanks lads for a fantastic day out and mr TK for being the pro he is and taking us down there. This is a place I have wanted to visit and it certainly didn't disappoint the scenery is the best I have seen. On the walk up past the old ruins and the lake.and the staircase before you exit.well you just have to see it to appreciate it. Then flew the drone for 10 mins after we came out

    Cwmorthin Slate Quarries are located in the mountains above Blaenau Ffestiniog in North Wales. Cwmorthin was first worked in the 19th Century and remained in use through until the end of the 20th Century, although on a much smaller scale. There are a number of floors and the mine covers many miles, with some huge chambers, much of which can still be explored. On this through-trip we also visited some workings which were once open as a tourist attraction, and many implements, such as cranes and carts can still be seen. The quarries in this area are very dangerous, as they are very extensive and some are still being worked to this day, so they should only be visited with an experienced guide and the appropriate equipment.

    This was a old Land Rover just as you start the walk up.
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    Some of the old ruins
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    This is where the adventure begins...
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    This was once a bridge it's high up sadly only the hangers remain.
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    A old cart still sits on the tracks
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    This is the giant stair case you can't see the scale from this photo.
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    The old tracks still sit there.
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    Arty shadow tripod
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    Some more old carts in the water.
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    This is actually quite steep and we had to walk up the centre to the upper level.
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  2. Lavino

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    #2 Lavino, Oct 10, 2016
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    looking good
     
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    Fantastic stuff great set of pics mate :cool: Great explore with great company as always thanks to Colonel k and nice to meet you Dangle :thumb
     
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    Very nice mate :thumb
     
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    Great pics, love this place.. did you do any of the via ferrara, tyroleans or srt pitches? Good fun!
     
  7. Lavino

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    No we didn't do any srt we did see all the rigs set-up.
     
  8. The Kwan

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    Great report Lavino, it was a cracking day out with you, Dangle and "no dinner Dean" :D..just changing his name in my contacts lolol.
    Super ace photatoes man :thumb
     
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    I'm properly jealous! Looks amazing :thumb
     
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    @rastapasta69 It is a amazing place if you ever get the chance to go you should jump at it. There's a stairway there you have to see it to appreciate it.
     
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    It ticks all the boxes for me, original track, carts, character, the size, man built stuff! Any signage? Defiantly worth the trip I reckon, the missus said we will have to make a holiday out of it.:D
     
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    That looks fantastic mate. Good snaps
     
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    Pretty decent report mate....light paintings great too :thumb
     
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  15. Lavino

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    Thanks mark it's a top mine that and the scenery was amazing.
     
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