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Report - Ystrad Einion Copper Mine, Wales - Aug 15

Discussion in 'Mines and Quarries' started by Moose, Sep 6, 2015.

  1. Moose

    Moose Exploring Junkie
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    Me and the other half took a relaxing stay in a 5* Hotel in Wales for a couple of days. At least that's what she thought..

    After realising we had booked in near Newport, our leisurely day of exploring turned into a roadtrip across Wales, Ystrad Einion being the closest location.

    We set out at 7am after a fat breakfast and a big pot of coffee, postcodes and various notes scribbled on a scrap of paper. We left the waders at the hotel and took wellies, this turned out to be a pretty big mistake as over the course of the day the water level in various locations crept up, with the first breach in the old copper mine's sludgy portal.

    Dated back to 1871, the mine boasts one of 2 remaining waterwheels that are known of, in disused British mines.

    The lower levels are now flooded, the lowest point being an engine shaft sunk to 30 fathoms at some point during the 19th century. The water was amazingly blue when a torch was shone into the crystal clear depths, the torchlight didn't travel far. I am fairly new to mine exploration, and a bit of prior research suggested the water can be full of toxic metal deposits leached from the rock. The false floors look dodgier in photos than they actually are, but extra care was taken to avoid the plunge. We didn't see all of it as the missus didn't want to walk the plank, and we had a lot more locations planned for the day.

    The whole trip was a bit rushed, all the locations visited were taken from the locations map (big thanks to the members who pinned them), we had an amazing day out and I think a bit more hunting and a return trip to Wales is definitely needed!

    Enough rambling, here's the pics

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    Cheers for looking :thumb
     

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  2. Mr Sam

    Mr Sam 28DL Regular User
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    Spot on! Would Very much like to see this myself
     
  3. Moose

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    Cheers man

    Nice and easy to find (albeit in the middle of nowhere) and the walking part is 5 minutes :)
     
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    Lenston Bajo Tierra
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    Nice pics there mate :thumb
     
  5. The Kwan

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    Lovely photography mate :thumb
     
  6. Moose

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    Thanks, gonna try and find a few more, i've seen some in the local area (ish)

    From what i've experienced the walk up to the adits can be a bit rough but there's no human excrement to splash in, which made a nice change :D
     
  7. tumbles

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    It's a great place. Still giggle about turning up once and a couple were shagging on the waterbank by where you park. Don't think they expected 4 cars to appear all day never mind all at once.
     
  8. wellingtonian

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    Proper noice mate
     
  9. Bigian88

    Bigian88 The Massive Mancunian
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    I'm sure I saw these on the FB page, good job buddy.
     
  10. thatdudeuk

    thatdudeuk 28DL Full Member
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    Pictures or it didn't happen :D
     
  11. Coolboyslim

    Coolboyslim Mr Reality Hacker
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    WoW love the look of this. Bloody good pics and great looking place thanks for posting.
     
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