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Report - Dinas Silica Mine (Revisit) Wales - March 15

Discussion in 'Mines and Quarries' started by Lenston, Mar 7, 2015.

  1. Lenston

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    Dinas Rock Silica Mines

    The mines behind Dinas Rock were a rather larger affair than their cousins alongside the Nedd Fechan. Several large entrances are still clearly visible from the path which drops steeply down from the top of Dinas Rock to the Sychryd.

    Note that although they are situated on what is now Forestry Commission access land, none of the mine entrances should be approached due to the danger of rockfall.

    The underground galleries were very extensive, extending over an area some 1000m x 500m. Parts of the mine are now flooded, others will have become unstable.

    The material was transported by a series of tramways and inclines and indeed overhead cables suspended on pylons, down to the valley floor and then onward to the Pont Walby brickworks. The former tramway along the southern side of the Afon Mellte is a modern-day bridleway which allows the route to be traced on foot or pushbike.

    In later days the material was taken to a brickworks at Swansea until the whole operation closed down in the 1960s

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    Thanks for looking​
     
    #1 Lenston, Mar 7, 2015
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  2. wellingtonian

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    You've been busy fella. Nice snaps as ever :thumb
     
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    Awesome open spaces! Well done :thumb
     
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    Mmmmmm tasty pics mate :thumb

    Always makes me want to get the Scuba gear out seeing clear water like that :)
     
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  5. The Kwan

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    Cool shots Lenny Boi, this is a lovely mine :)
     
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    Excellent set of shots.
     
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    It's a great place. We cooked a 5-course meal there, with tables, chairs, candelabra, and black tie.
     
  8. The Kwan

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    Sounds ace mate, was it just for fun or a special occasion, did you take any photos?
     
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    Stunning shots there mate ;) awesome pics and report :thumb
     
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