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Report - Wrysgan Slate Mine. June 2013

Discussion in 'Mines and Quarries' started by Degenatron, Jul 11, 2013.

  1. Degenatron

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    The first report from what was a grey, cloudy but strangely beautiful day in the mountains around Blaenau Ffestiniog.

    Some History first.

    After, what seems to be becoming a regular journey to Blaenau Ffestiniog, myself and trancentral got our wellies on (no footwear fails this time) and headed towards the incline.


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    Trancentral looks at the incline we are about to climb. The tunnel at the top is in the top right of the picture. (this was took on my phone because I could not be bothered getting the camera out yet).

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    We reach the tunnel at the top but its time to briefly stop.

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    Trancentral Celebrates our milestone with a quick rolly.

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    Looking back down the tunnel

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    The remains of the winch mechanism greets you as you exit the tunnel.

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    Is this the old car engine that once powered the winch after the steam engine was removed?.

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    TC looks over to Cwmorthin

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    The remains of the old mine buildings. Time to go underground

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    Whats in here?.

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    Darkness

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    and a bloody huge chamber

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    85w HID torch really comes into its own in places like this.

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    The view looking down into the chamber. There is nothing to get an idea of scale in the photo. Lets just say its massive.

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    Off to the left is a rope to follow if you are braver and more equipped than we where.

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    Back outside again and a little further up is another chamber that has collapsed at some point.

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    Through another short tunnel we find several chambers interconnected. All have vent holes at the top.

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    Looking back towards where we entered

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    This one had a big square window

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    This one had a small window

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    and finally this one had a rectangular one.


    After this we headed back out and further up the mountain looking for more of the mine. We didn't find any more workings of Wrysgan but after quite a long trek through some fairly extreme mountain weather, we stumbled upon somewhere else which will feature in its own report very soon.

    Thanks for reading.
     

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