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Report - Rhossydd Slate Mine June 2013

Discussion in 'Mines and Quarries' started by Degenatron, Jul 29, 2013.

  1. Degenatron

    Degenatron 28DL Regular User
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    Jul 24, 2011
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    After exploring Wrysgan mine Myself and Trancentral headed up the mountain in search of more mine workings. I had spotted something on Google Maps and decided to navigate the mountain with my smart phone like some foolhardy tourist. Trancentral was at least professional enough to have brought a compass with him. After about 30 minutes of zig zaging about in thick cloud and very strong gusts of wind , shapes stated to appear out the mist which we now know to be Rhossydd Slate mine.

    Some history from wikipedia

    Lots more info here


    After seeing nothing but grass, cloud and the odd sheep, other things started to appear.


    Its the ghost village


    We wont be getting in this one.


    The low cloud really made it eerie.


    This was once a the fireplace in a cosy upstairs bedroom.


    This I nicknamed 'the well of death', although its not really a well.


    Wet, loose slate, sudden strong gusts of wind and certain death below made looking down it safely very difficult so I used a technique I robbed of the Kwan and made a short video clip...............



    This one looks accessible.


    The opening is about big enough to fit two Transit vans in side by side.


    After sloshing your way along the tunnel for about 10 minutes it looks like a pin prick.


    First up on the left is this chamber


    On the right is a larger chamber with water in that has suffered a substantial collapse at some point.


    The same spot only looking left.


    Walking all the way to the end of the adit you get to a junction.


    Old winding gear


    Heading off to the right is a steep incline that is blocked off at the top by a collapse. I strongly suspect it was very recent too. It may be the reason that we did not find the large winding wheels seen in earlier reports.


    Chamber with another incline at the far end.


    Looking up, it looks blocked. I didn't climb up for a closer look.


    Same spot again but looking left. What appears to be a way down is well and truly flooded.


    Now we go in the other direction.


    A series of chambers, one with a big collapse that has to be climbed over. This mine is a bit dodgy.


    It looks like a lot of machinery was removed from this chamber.


    At the very end is a small hole going down full of the usual blue mine water.


    Anyone remember Tab Clear?.


    After leaving the mine we descended down the path that most normal folk would have walked up in the first place, below the cloud line and the view opened up.


    This waterfall was great


    Finally we pass the remains of the old miners chapel on the way back to the car.

    This was the first mine I have been down where I had a bad feeling about being in there. Perhaps it was all the collapses that have happened down there. One things for sure, I don't plan to go back in there again.

    Thanks for reading

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