Bwlch y Plwm Parking and Access

Can groups please park in the new parking area (paid for by the users of the inspection scheme) which is a little further down the road (South) from the barn which groups have traditionally parked next to (Grid ref: SH 62454 41212). Please make sure the road is left clear if you want to keep your wing mirrors! 

Groups should access the mine by walking back along the road towards the farm, then through the gate (also paid for by the users group), if accessing the lower levels.

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:


Rhiwbach BAs Checked and New BAs

Happy New Year all,

Towards the end of last year, Ed purchased and put into place the new BAs for Rhiwbach. In all there’s 20 new BAs (10 Small/Medium and 10 Medium/Large). There may be some funding left for some more larger BAs as-well.

All the BAs have been individually numbered and an updated Log Sheet put into the mine. Instructions for the BAs are also in the mine, and a copy on the NorthWalesMines website: 

All the BAs in the mine were visually inspected today. Frustratingly one of the new BAs was removed as a minor manufacturing fault was spotted. In addition to the new BAs the older BAs were also visually inspected. All were fine, however some of the Medium size Crewsaver Spiral BAs should be monitored as there looks like some wear where the belt is held in place. The older BAs were re-numbered from 21 to 37 (so we have 36 BAs and one XXS, number 25, life jacket in the mine at the time of writing).

The page on the website has been updated.

During use if any BAs are found to have been damaged or faulty could they be removed from the mine. Once removed please let us know which one’s been damaged (there’s a form on the website here: letting us know if it’s repairable (and if you’re going to repair it!!) or if it needs to be written off. 


Jan 2019


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