A weekend trip from Friday 10th to Sunday 12th March 2017.
Organiser: Paul Chandler (Joint meet with Masson Caving Group).
Programme: Friday afternoon - LOGGERHEADS COUNTRY PARK, NR MOLD.
Saturday - RHIWBACH SLATE MINE, NR PENMACHNO.
Sunday - PENARTH SLATE MINE, CORWEN, DEE VALLEY.
Brief trip details:
LOGGERHEADS COUNTRY PARK - Short walk from Loggerheads to Cilcain (& back), seeing impressive Devil's Gorge and visiting various easy, mines & caves enroute. Wear usual walking gear, bring overall, helmet, lamp, etc. Distance: 6 miles (approx). Party size not limited.
RHIWBACH SLATE MINE - Easy grade, mostly large mined passages & chambers, shallow water. Lower to higher entrance - a 'through trip' is planned. Worth bringing a camera, as there are a few mining artefacts and photogenic flooded workings. An ideal novice trip, but of interest to more experienced explorers. Party size not limited. BCA Insurance is essential (see notes). Thanks to Cave Access Limited (CAL) for negotiating access (see website below).
PENARTH SLATE MINE - Easy grade, with mainly large, walking size passages and huge caverns. Upper levels in mine are dry, although lower level contains some static water in a blocked adit passage. There are interesting mine artefacts, plus an impressive, steep incline with rails insitu, and there will be plenty of time for photography. An ideal novice trip, but of interest to more experienced explorers. Party size not limited. Note: This trip was planned in 2016, but cancelled, due to low numbers.
ACCOMMODATION - The weekend will be based in picturesque and popular Betws-y-Coed, where there is plenty of accommodation, such as B&B, hotels, bunkhouses, hostel, camping, etc.
WEEKEND NOTES - 1) Lots of pictures, showing Rhiwbach & Penarth Slate Mines on www.aditnow.co.uk
Also information & surveys for Rhiwbach Slate Mine on CAL website: www.rakelane.anduin.org.uk
For information on Loggerheads Country Park, well worth viewing Loggerheads (The walk of caves) - Henllan, short film clip on YouTube: www.youtube.com
2) If you've not got BCA Insurance, no problem, as it is available through Masson Caving Group at no cost. Please mention, if you are booking onto Rhiwbach trip. 3) Society members are welcome to 'pick & mix' these trips, to suit (guests are most welcome on all
these trips). If you cannot commit for the weekend, join us for a day trip. 4) To book your place(s), meeting arrangements, further details, please contact Paul Chandler. Lifts available.