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Report - Wrysgan Slate Mine. June 2013

Discussion in 'Mines and Quarries' started by Degenatron, Jul 11, 2013.

  1. Degenatron

    Degenatron 28DL Regular User
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    The first report from what was a grey, cloudy but strangely beautiful day in the mountains around Blaenau Ffestiniog.

    Some History first.

    After, what seems to be becoming a regular journey to Blaenau Ffestiniog, myself and trancentral got our wellies on (no footwear fails this time) and headed towards the incline.


    Trancentral looks at the incline we are about to climb. The tunnel at the top is in the top right of the picture. (this was took on my phone because I could not be bothered getting the camera out yet).


    We reach the tunnel at the top but its time to briefly stop.


    Trancentral Celebrates our milestone with a quick rolly.


    Looking back down the tunnel


    The remains of the winch mechanism greets you as you exit the tunnel.


    Is this the old car engine that once powered the winch after the steam engine was removed?.


    TC looks over to Cwmorthin


    The remains of the old mine buildings. Time to go underground


    Whats in here?.




    and a bloody huge chamber


    85w HID torch really comes into its own in places like this.


    The view looking down into the chamber. There is nothing to get an idea of scale in the photo. Lets just say its massive.


    Off to the left is a rope to follow if you are braver and more equipped than we where.


    Back outside again and a little further up is another chamber that has collapsed at some point.


    Through another short tunnel we find several chambers interconnected. All have vent holes at the top.


    Looking back towards where we entered


    This one had a big square window


    This one had a small window


    and finally this one had a rectangular one.

    After this we headed back out and further up the mountain looking for more of the mine. We didn't find any more workings of Wrysgan but after quite a long trek through some fairly extreme mountain weather, we stumbled upon somewhere else which will feature in its own report very soon.

    Thanks for reading.

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