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Posted: 05/10/2015 22:38:39
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I've had a feeling for some time that the steep path to the north of Dinas Rock was much too well engineered to be 'just a path', seems the answer may have been lurking in my PC for a while!



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Thinking about this. The upper entrances are in a gulley beyond where the path divides for a second time before you descend to the front entrance. Its level ground to the start of the descent to the car park. The gulley would be the old tramway.
I need to take a look at the top of internal incline where it breaks to day as well.

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Posted: 06/10/2015 08:37:36
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I believe there are two internal inclines. One with the remains of a winder, and which seems to have been created to lower stone to the main level that comes out near the river, and the other is older and may have been worked in a different way. I imagine the older one has some connection with the stuff up on top.

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Posted: 06/10/2015 13:52:17
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There appear to be three inclines if you include the one the divers use?


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Posted: 06/10/2015 14:34:13
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Indeed. Forgot that one. I don't use it!

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Posted: 06/10/2015 14:39:20
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Presumably the other above water one is the slight increase in gradient over to the left as you go in from the main entrance?




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Posted: 06/10/2015 14:45:17
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In very dry spells one can get a bit further down it and swim to the blank end of next heading down



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Posted: 06/10/2015 14:57:50
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Presumably the other above water one is the slight increase in gradient over to the left as you go in from the main entrance


If you walk to a point between the the 2nd and 3rd down dip passages on the right, (after the one the divers use) it appears to branch off at a slight angle to the left.
After a left turn up dip it is then straight up to one of the top entrances.

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Posted: 06/10/2015 15:01:40
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Thanks.
I had noticed that but didn't think of it as an incline.

Next visit I am going to have good root about on the surface above the mine.

You are very familiar with the place. Our mineral area extends as far north as Swyg yr Eria waterfall, is there anything else on our area, mines quarries, trials or whatever.

The map is bit on the poor side, as soon as get a better one from Land Registry I will try to upload a better one to our website.

Oh, and somewhere I picked up on the web that there is an old mine passage near to the car park, you sort of drop down into it.
Martyn Farr discovered it. I have emailed him but no answer yet, I will ask him about it when I see him.

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Posted: 06/10/2015 15:23:27
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Oh, and somewhere I picked up on the web that there is an old mine passage near to the car park, you sort of drop down into it.
Martyn Farr discovered it. I have emailed him but no answer yet, I will ask him about it when I see him.


I would suspect you are referring to 'Blue Dinas' which was discovered by Martyn, the entrance was a much smaller drop down affair in those days.

Can you post the mineral rights map link again?

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Posted: 06/10/2015 15:33:32
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Thanks again, I never knew this!
Of course nowadays the friendly landowner..........

The mineral area is on here under "Upper Dinas Silica Mine" but poor, I cant really do better as yet. This was taken from a report supplied by the vendor and is all I have as yet.

http://www.aditnow.co.uk/SuperSize/Craig-Y-Ddinas-Mineral-Estate-Owned-By-Natural-Amenities-Ltd_102260/

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Posted: 06/10/2015 15:43:03
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Cilhepste for starters @ SN92165 09038

Edit: IIRC this mine has had some discussion on here, can't find it yet though!

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Posted: 07/10/2015 10:08:49
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I have put this together from the plans.



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Can anyone name the buildings please. Mystery, the footbridge on the plans if different position to that shown on the Ordnance Survey which corresponds with the present one. Any ideas?

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Posted: 08/10/2015 14:55:38
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IIRC there is a short walled up loop tunnel on the flat portion of the track to the north of Dinas Rock.
Maybe I'm confuseing it with somewhere else though!Confused

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Posted: 08/10/2015 16:04:47
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The buildings could be part of the long closed down Gunpowder factory.

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Posted: 08/10/2015 16:32:02
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Almost certainly not part of the GP works


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Posted: 08/10/2015 16:35:13
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Morlock wrote:

IIRC there is a short walled up loop tunnel on the flat portion of the track to the north of Dinas Rock.
Maybe I'm confuseing it with somewhere else though!Confused


I will take a look next visit, but cant say I've noticed anything.

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Posted: 08/10/2015 17:24:17
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royfellows wrote:

I will take a look next visit, but cant say I've noticed anything.


It would appear memory fails me, the tunnel is at the gunpowder works but on the right side of the river.



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Posted: 08/10/2015 20:26:03
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Seen it!
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Posted: 10/10/2015 18:38:37
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Best I could do with 'phone camera as almost illegible with magnifying glass.
Missed the 'T' out in stores.

Edit: the Word below the Compressors and next to the track is 'Winch'.



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Posted: 10/10/2015 20:19:56
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Thanks a million. I can put legends on my little drawing!
Is the loco, "the loco" or the "loco shed" do you think?

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