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Report - Dorothea Quarry, North Wales - Aug. 2013

Discussion in 'Mines and Quarries' started by BenCooper, Sep 22, 2013.

  1. BenCooper

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    This was sort-of an unofficial Adit Now trip I went along on when in Wales last month. Dorothea was a large slate quarry, with the slate mined in huge pits due to the direction of the seams, so it's now a popular destination for divers - there's still a lot to see on the surface, however.

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    Nearby was a country house that became over-run by the quarry - the site is very confusing with trackways and railways running over and under each other, and trees growing up and through buildings. Very atmospheric.

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    It wasn't all surface, though - this tunnel was interesting to get to, but worth a visit:

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    Back on the surface, there are some gigantic slate piers, used to haul blondins (cable-winched wagons) up from the quarry.

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    Finally, we stopped off at the beam engine - it's in a bad way, but at least it's very well sealed up at the moment. We met the keyholder on the way out - who sounded amenable to letting people look around if he was there.

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  2. shadowman

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    Nice report chap ...

    Piccy here of the engine house from 1970'sh IF you are interested ...

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  3. shadowman

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    Heres a couple of pictures of the Blondins when they were still standing in 1970 ish

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