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Report (Permission Visit) Rhiwbach slate mine in Wales Jan 2016

Discussion in 'Mines and Quarries' started by The Kwan, Jan 10, 2016.

  1. The Kwan

    The Kwan funksoul Brother
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    My first proper trip out this year and thanks to Lavino and Trancentral for the good company.

    THIS MINE is controlled by Cave Access Ltd and I received a permit from them in order to visit via my caving club, it is gated as you can see, it is also used by Go Below for some of their activities.

    some history
    The quarry was started at the beginning of the 19th century on a site to the South of the later main workings. This area developed into a deep pit working which has now flooded. This part of the quarry was worked out by the 1880's and work transferred to the present site. The pit working here, started in the 1860's, was later developed extensively underground to encompass eight levels. Drainage of the underground workings was through a tunnel which began 350 feet below the surface and emerged onto the side of Cwm Penmachno. The entrance to this drainage tunnel may still be seen today. When the quarry first opened, the slate was taken down on horseback into Cwm Penmachno and eventually to the quay at Trefriw on the Conwy. Later the finished product was taken out in the opposite direction, around the shoulder of Manod Mawr and down to the Afon Dwyryd below Maentwrog.
    The mine closed finally in the 1952

    This quarry was one of the most remote in the industry and it was frequently cut off for long periods in bad weather. Because of this, the living quarters almost reached village status. The quite extensive remains of which includes family accommodation, a shop and a school house as well as the barracks for the single men.

    look at the view on the way up
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    The Drainage adit at the lower level, this is where we entered
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    over 500m of tracks before reaching the workings
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    and half a kilometre later you arrive at the lake, here is a blurry Lavino waiting for hightide :)
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    There are a few Traverses and abseil to negotiate in this mine, Lavino was giving it some here and trying to stay dry
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    made sure that Lavino went first, to test it out before going myself :)
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    there are six floors here that are all run off a central incline that is almost just like a waterfall but fun to walk up although deafening would be understating the noise of the water.
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    Another shot of the waterfall incline with Trancentral above
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    There are plenty of flooded chambers here, this is on the fourth floor
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    on the main incline, looking down towards the drainage level with floor three on my left
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    some luvverly tracks with Lavino and TC
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    the roof in here was shockingly shonkey
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    el gruppo shot
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    wait up
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    its a 38 magnum
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    the remains of a winch
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    almost expected to see King Kong on the other side of these, the upper adit gates
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    Thanks for looking
     
    #1 The Kwan, Jan 10, 2016
    Last edited: Jan 11, 2016

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  2. Trancentral

    Trancentral 28DL Regular User
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    Great bit of history their mate , brilliant pics and a Top day out:thumb
     
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  3. Lavino

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    You got some really good shots here.was so much to see down there and I really enjoyed it with you both and thanks again.:thumb
     
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    Lovely mate. That incline looks awesome :thumb
     
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    Cheers for commenting folks, what made this trip really special was when we were walking back down to the cars, we saw a gorgeous barnowl fly past us on the hunt...amazing!

    Nick, I have video of the incline, I will attach it when I get it off my camera, it was superb.
     
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    Looks like a good day had down there mate, great pics as usual :)
     
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    As ever, wonderful stuff. :thumb
     
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  8. Oort

    Oort The spice expands consciousness.
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    Nice one guys!! They wouldn't let us exit out of the big door when we went and had to climb up that silly metal ladder instead. The zip wire is a bit scary isn't it... :p
     
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  9. The Kwan

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    Alex, you must have exited via the airshaft, it is on the same level as the big gates so is 6 of 1 and half a dozen of the other, I forgot that you went there :)
     
  10. Will Knot

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    Stunning pics and report there Mr Kwan as always :thumb
     
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  11. merryprankster

    merryprankster formerly oakleyframer
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    bit cool that is mr kwan, looks like a cracking little adventure :D
     
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