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.
There’s been what looks like a small amount of rock fall on floor 2 of the mine, just before the roped climb to the third floor. The rock fall has come from an areas with a significant amount of water permeating through the rock together with an body of quarts.
Although it’s unlikely groups will gather in the area as it’s wet, it’s worth being aware of.
We’ve been getting reports that the flooding last weekend has decimated the footpath leading down the quarry from the top entrance to the mine, and washed a significant amount of debris into the parking area at the foot of the quarry.
Parking may be limited for a while until we can get this addressed. Feel free to send any photos so we can illustrate the damage.
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
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.
No known access issues. Let us know if you have any problems.
No known access issues with the mines within the gorge. Access to the Klondike level/workings have been gated for some time now.
Please do not enter the first mine on the right (as you’re heading up the gorge) as it releases a significant amount of ochre into the stream
Access to Henddol is managed by Pro Active. Contact Clive for further information.
With the closure of Tyn y Berth access to Gaewern and the upkeep of the anchors and fixed rigging (cables) is currently up in the air.
There are no known access issues with Fish Caves. If you encounter any issues please let us know.
Some of the anchors within the mine were tested and replaced recently with an updated rigging guide. Further information is available here: http://www.train4underground.co.uk/2017/01/23/fish-caves-lead-mine-anchors/