Latest Mine Reports Available

The latest mine reports have been uploaded to providers Google Drive box. Those with access should be able to log in and download the most recent repots by following this link:

Any problem get in touch


Message regarding conservation from the N. Wales LCMLA panel

Hello all,

At a recent panel meeting concern was expressed regarding the conservation of our mines. The panel would ask the following statement is shared among current and aspirant instructors;

Members of the N.Wales LCMLA trainer/assessor panel are becoming increasingly concerned with the level of food waste and rubbish found within the mines, and the deterioration of some unique artifacts.


We would ask that group leaders try to eat outside the mine where any food waste accidently dropped will degrade. If eating underground is unavoidable please consider what you’re eating, for example try to avoid eating crisps or grated cheese which is easily dropped, save them until you get out! Please also make all efforts to pick up any dropped food or rubbish.


Please do not pick up or move any artifacts such as the slate wagon in Rhiwbach or the hobnail boots, and please make sure groups are appropriately supervised when exploring areas where there are known caches of artifacts. It’s sadly noticeable how much some of these artifacts, having survived for decades, have degraded or been completely destroyed given the increased activity within the mines.


Please be aware that the panel will be taking a more robust stance during assessments with regards to conservation.


Leaders should be aware of the cave/mine conservation code:


North Wales LCMLA Trainer/Assessor Panel. 

April 2019

Thank you


Inspections week update (and Rhiwbach code change)

The mine inspections will be happening this week (1st – 4th April). We’ve revised the original plan a little as follows:

  • Monday: Fish Caves & Rhiwbach
  • Tuesday: Cwmorthin
  • Wednesday: Wrysgan & Bwlch y Plwm
  • Thursday: Minllyn & Gaewern (hopefully)

There’s opportunities during the week to accompany the mine engineer which can be incredibly insightful, however places are limited. If you’re keen please get in touch via the email addresses sent out with the itinerary to those registered to receive the reports, or to me directly.

Note that on Monday the 1st of April the code to Rhiwbach will be changed. This is likely to happen in the afternoon. If you’re planning a trip into the mine please check with whoever’s registered to receive the updates for the mines for the new code.


This years mines inspections (April 2019)

Hello all,

This years inspections are programmed to start the 1st of April. The programme as it stands is as follows (although may change at short notice);

  • Monday 1st April: Minllyn & Gaerwern
  • Tuesday 2nd April: Cwmorthin
  • Wednesday 3rd April: Rhiwbach & Bwlch y Plwm
  • Thursday 4th April: Rhiwbach & Fish Caves

There’s a small number of places available to accompany the mines engineer during the inspections. If you’d like to observe the inspections please get in touch

Access updates

Apologies if you’ve just had your facebook news feed bombarded with posts from the mines website. I’ve just done a little tidying up so it should be easier for people to find information about specific mines quickly (there’s a drop down menu on the right hand side side bar).

If you’re aware of any changes to the access for the mines please let me know so I can keep these pages current.

Mine Users Meeting; 1st Feb. 10am. Oaklands

Happy New Year all,

We’re planning another get together for those that use the mines. The meeting will kick off at Oaklands OEC from 10am on the 1st of February. All users are welcome.

A draft agenda is here:

Friday, 1stof February 2019

Oaklands OEC


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.

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)
    • Changes to Gaewern & Aberllefenni
    • Rhiwbach
      • Feedback from residence
    • Any changes/concerns
      • Rhiwbach
      • Wrysgan
    • Mine Inspections for this year (likely to be April 2019, TBC)
      • Any new sites?
      • Venues: Wrysgan, Bwlch y Plwm, Cwmorthin, Rhiwbach, Fishcaves, Minllyn, Gaewern? & 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:


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