Organiser: Paul Chandler.
Fri pm– WRYSGAN SLATE MINE, Blaenau Ffestiniog – Access involves ascent of a steep hillside. An easy to moderate grade trip. Ideal for novices, but also of interest to experienced explorers. The upper workings consist of huge caverns, scrambly bits, walking size passages. Not visited the lower workings, but more of the same, I expect. Surface mining remains include buildings, and a reservoir, etc, and the spectacular, very steep incline down to Tanygrisiau, the upper part being in a tunnel. Wear an oversuit or boilersuit, wellies, gloves (recommended). Worth bringing a camera. Party size not limited.
Sat– MINLLYN SLATE MINE, Minllyn – Access involves ascent of another steep hillside. An easy to moderate grade trip. Ideal for novices, but also of interest to experienced explorers. Two ways into mine, one involving short wade (level varies) through water, another involving a descent/ascent? of an inclined, slippery passage. I do know there is an enormous cavern, small lake, artefacts, but again, I have not visited. Wear an oversuit, wellies, gloves (recommended). Don’t forget to bring a towel/change of clothes. Worth bringing a camera. Party size not limited. Access courtesy of Cave Access Limited (CAL). BCA Insurance essential.
Sun– PRINCE OF WALES SLATE QUARRY, Beddgelert – Access involves an uphill walk of around two miles to the quarry. Mostly surface exploration of mine buildings, inclines, quarries, etc. Mine workings are only of limited extent, an easy grade trip with some shallow water. Bring usual walking gear, rucksack, plus helmet/lamp for underground. Party size not limited. Note: This trip is weather dependent. If wet, an alternative, easy grade mine trip will be arranged.
Accommodation has been booked near Nr. Blaenau Ffestiniog – a stones-throw from one of the mines at https://lancashireclimbingandcavingclub.co.uk/club-huts/dan-y-mynydd/
£9/person/night- please contact Larry ASAP to book a place
for more information & pictures for all these mines, please visit: www.aditnow.co.uk For Minllyn Slate Mine only, visit: www.caveaccess.co.uk Reference: A Gazeteer of the Welsh Slate Industry – A J Richards (1991/Revised 2007). An excellent guide, covering all these mines. Well worth purchasing.