Useful images from previous inspections

Here’s a few images/warnings issued over the years that still stand for some sites. These images have dropped down to the bottom of the news feed on the site so I thought I’d add them again and stick them to the top of the updates feed.

Rhiwbach Brow

Here’s a photo of the brow taken after the cracks were originally painted, this image can be used to compare any changes

22 MineReports2013 Rhiwbach Boating Brow PictureRhiwbach Entrance Adit

Picture of the entrance which has seen some vegetation’s slippage over the Winter of 2015-16


Rhiwbach Top Entrance

Photo following clearing some loose rock at the exit of the mine

22 MineReports2013 Rhiwbach Top Exit Picture

Wrysgan Slab

Route passed the fallen (eased) block between floors 4 & 5 in Wrysgan


Wrysgan Roof

Section of roof which pealed away in 2014. Photo can be used to compare changes

WrysganRockFall 2014

To inform other users of any changes to any of the mines used within the North Wales LCMLA scheme please either send an email to: (these can only be sent from email addresses registered when purchasing this years mine reports) or alternatively click here to send your report through the contact us page.

If emailing the group please note that all users will receive your message, so please use this mechanism considerately.

Any important updates will be summarised and reported here

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.


Rhiwbach Steel works, part 2

Thanks to everyone who came along on Friday to shift the first wave of steel into the mine.

Around 2/3rds of the steel has been stacked by the bore-hole on floor 3, with the rest just within the entrance. We also removed one of the previously installed uprights (all will need to come out for the new structure to go in, although the plan is to re-use some of the steel from the earlier structure). It’d be worth passing this on to staff as if groups within the mine drop any of these stacked pieces of steel onto their toes it’ll certainly ruin their day!
The rest of the steel is due to be delivered on Thursday (18th Jan), again 10:30am at the Cwm carpark. We could really do with as many hands as possible that day to shift the steel into the mine. If anyone is available please do come along and lend a hand! 
Once the steel is in place the fun begins. The structure should be relatively easy to erect with it being bolted into place. Once up we’re going to need to pack stone above the structure to the meet the current roof, as well as along the sides. This is likely to be a lengthy process and we could do with a fair bit of help getting this sorted. At the moment we’re looking to make a start on Friday the 19th, so again if anyone is free please get in touch.

Users Meeting, Rhiwbach Works & Cwm Penmachno Residence Meeting

Happy New Year All,

In previous years we’ve arranged some time for professional users of the mines to get together and discuss any issues, access, anchors and potential projects needed to maintain the approved routes throughout the mines. If would be useful if people could let us know which dates would best suite as many as possible could you use the following poll to let us know your availability:

The bulk of the steel needed to complete the works within Rhiwbach will be ready to be transported up to the mine this Friday (12th January). If you’ve any staff available to help out with carrying the steel this would be greatly appreciated. We’re planning on meeting at the car-park for 10:30am on Friday.
Once the steel is in the mine we’re also going to need to prepare the ground and assemble the structure. The more people available to help with this, preferably next week, the better as this would reduce the costs of the works. If anyone is available to help please get in touch.
Finally we’ve also been asked if users of Rhiwbach would be available to attend a meeting with some of the residence of Cwm Penmachno. Several of the residence have expressed concerns with the degradation of the paths leading to and from the mine as well as litter. The meeting has been arranged for the evening of the 24th of January. If you’re keen to come along please get in touch and I’ll pass on further details on the meeting once I have them.
All the best