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Report - Rhossydd Slate Mine June 2013

Discussion in 'Mines and Quarries' started by Degenatron, Jul 29, 2013.

  1. Degenatron

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    After exploring Wrysgan mine Myself and Trancentral headed up the mountain in search of more mine workings. I had spotted something on Google Maps and decided to navigate the mountain with my smart phone like some foolhardy tourist. Trancentral was at least professional enough to have brought a compass with him. After about 30 minutes of zig zaging about in thick cloud and very strong gusts of wind , shapes stated to appear out the mist which we now know to be Rhossydd Slate mine.

    Some history from wikipedia



    Lots more info here

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    After seeing nothing but grass, cloud and the odd sheep, other things started to appear.

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    Its the ghost village

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    We wont be getting in this one.

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    The low cloud really made it eerie.

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    This was once a the fireplace in a cosy upstairs bedroom.

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    This I nicknamed 'the well of death', although its not really a well.

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    Wet, loose slate, sudden strong gusts of wind and certain death below made looking down it safely very difficult so I used a technique I robbed of the Kwan and made a short video clip...............

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    This one looks accessible.

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    The opening is about big enough to fit two Transit vans in side by side.

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    After sloshing your way along the tunnel for about 10 minutes it looks like a pin prick.

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    First up on the left is this chamber

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    On the right is a larger chamber with water in that has suffered a substantial collapse at some point.

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    The same spot only looking left.

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    Walking all the way to the end of the adit you get to a junction.

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    Old winding gear

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    Heading off to the right is a steep incline that is blocked off at the top by a collapse. I strongly suspect it was very recent too. It may be the reason that we did not find the large winding wheels seen in earlier reports.

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    Chamber with another incline at the far end.

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    Looking up, it looks blocked. I didn't climb up for a closer look.

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    Same spot again but looking left. What appears to be a way down is well and truly flooded.

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    Now we go in the other direction.

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    A series of chambers, one with a big collapse that has to be climbed over. This mine is a bit dodgy.

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    It looks like a lot of machinery was removed from this chamber.

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    At the very end is a small hole going down full of the usual blue mine water.

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    Anyone remember Tab Clear?.

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    After leaving the mine we descended down the path that most normal folk would have walked up in the first place, below the cloud line and the view opened up.

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    This waterfall was great

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    Finally we pass the remains of the old miners chapel on the way back to the car.

    This was the first mine I have been down where I had a bad feeling about being in there. Perhaps it was all the collapses that have happened down there. One things for sure, I don't plan to go back in there again.

    Thanks for reading
     

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