Post from Andy RE the walk up to Rhiwbach

Hi Gethin hope your well. You may have noticed that the bottom left of the short incline on the walk to Rhiwbach has recently deterioted. The loose rocks and debris there is now gone as of today. I removed it (well pushed it all off). As it was, it was a hazard, as someone might of accidentally stepped on it and come of badly. Just letting you know in case you want to tell people in case they panic its falling down on its own. Andy

Rhiwbach Footpaths

Hi all,

Just a quick heads up that there’s some work going on on the footpaths around Rhiwbach over the next 3 weeks (so into early Sept). Access along the footpaths will remain, however there will be heavy(ish) machinery moving up and down the paths so please be aware and considerate!


Rhiwbach BAs

Hi All,

We really need to make a decision on the BAs in Rhiwbach if we want to purchase a batch with this years inspection reports fees to those who use Rhiwbach.
There are several options within the mine, and have been for a few months. We also need to decide how many to purchase. Its been suggested we retain at least 20 BAs in the mine. We could either purchase 10 this year and 10 next year (to stagger the cost and wear), or go all out for 20 this year.
We also need to decide on type. To help folk out I’ve added the options to the section on the Rhiwbach BAs to the mine inspection website. You can see the options at the bottom of the page here:
Could you ask staff to have a look and let us know by Friday this week?

North Wales Mines Users Meeting

  • Monday, 5th February, 2018
  • Oaklands OEC
  • 10am-1pm

Following previous years gatherings, we’ve arranged another opportunity for those working within the mines to get together, discuss any hot topics, concerns and find out about on-going projects and issues.

Details are also available here:

Rough Agenda

  • 10am Welcome/Introductions
  • Access
    • Update from CAL (Cave Access Ltd) who are manage access to some of the mines owned by National Resources Wales (previously the Forestry Commission)
    • Developments and access with Bwlch y Plwm
    • Rhiwbach
      • Feedback from residence meeting
      • Update on ongoing projects
      • Parking/trip alternative options
      • Buoyancy Aid Options
        • What type to go for
        • Inspection regime
      • Any other issues?
    • Radon
      • Where we’re at and what next
    • Recent rockfalls underground
      • Wrysgan
    • Possible projects group
    • Mine Inspections for this year (16-19 April)
      • Venues: Wrysgan, Bwlch y Plwm, Cwmorthin, Rhiwbach, Gaewern, Henddol & Aberllefenni
      • Any additional sites people would like to have inspected?
    • AOB

I’d hope we could rattle through this lot in a few hours, hope you can make it. Directions to Oaklands can be found here:


31 January 2018

Users meeting & Wrysgan

Thank you to all who’ve contributed to the poll looking at peoples availability for a users meeting. If you’ve not done so feel free to let us know: CLICK HERE TO FILL OUT THE POLL

We’ll look to fix a date this Monday.

Anyone looking to use floor 6 of Wrysgan should have a discussion with whoever you’re working for as there has been some changes noted within the mine.