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Report - Cwmorthin Slate Mine - April 2012

Discussion in 'Mines and Quarries' started by mstarmatt, Apr 28, 2012.

  1. mstarmatt

    mstarmatt Northern Monkey
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    Visited this place last weekend after very little sleep, needless to say the 3hr drive (in torrential rain), 6 hours underground, and 3hr drive home was exhausting!

    All I can say is WoW, absolutely huge, and thats just the parts we covered.
    Its used by local cavers and all that so theres plenty on new anchors, perfect excuse for taking a rope down :D

    Attendees were AEM, Thompski, WB, RJ, & James(?)

    A little history (stolen from www.cwmorthin.co.uk)

    It really is a great place and well worth a visit, even if you don’t live near!! Anyways, on with the photos...

    After walking in and down part of the incline we were met with this fantastic staircase

    Further down and we're met with this bridge, in slightly better condition than some of the others :rolleyes:

    ...some of the others like this :eek:

    Around this area is a huge sloped drop down to a crane, so off we go in to the darkness!
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    A few went the 'non-direct' route, you can just make them out at the bottom (also gives a scale of the size of this place)

    The group split as some of the others waded through thigh deep water while I opted to test the new ascender (and stay dry), luckily we linked back up to the initial incline which leads to the water level (minus the deep water) :D

    On the way down we poked around and found yet another 'Bridge of Doom'

    Finally at the water level and around a corner we look back up at the bridges dangling from the roof

    Just after this you can see some half submerged carts and just make out the scaffold walkway (thanks to Friends of Cwmorthin) that meant I was the only one of us not to get wet :D

    We continued a little further to meet with the others (leaving the camera incase I slipped) but then split again to go back for some more rope action then meeting up again for food.

    After the food we finally resurfaced and got back on the road!

    It was a cracking day and thanks to all who came along, cant wait to go back :thumb
    #1 mstarmatt, Apr 28, 2012
    Last edited: Apr 28, 2012

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