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Golwern Quarry
Posted: 22/05/2019 21:55:52
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Theres a video doing the rounds on facebook showing the adit to the flooded pit being blocked up.

Shame but I suppose this is what happens when it gets posted everywhere and people leave their rubbish laying about.

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Posted: 23/05/2019 07:04:59
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I couldn't think where it was, so I googled it.
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/health-fitness/body/20-britains-best-wild-swimming-spots/golwern/

So if the Daily Telegraph doesn't understand private land, what hope is there for urbexers!

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Posted: 23/05/2019 08:25:14
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I was there some years ago and it was like a local resort. Nice picnic spot as well as the swimming. If they block the adit I fancy someone will have a go at climbing down the sides, and eventually make a path.

Anyone know who owns it?

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Posted: 23/05/2019 08:30:27
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royfellows wrote:

I was there some years ago and it was like a local resort. Nice picnic spot as well as the swimming. If they block the adit I fancy someone will have a go at climbing down the sides, and eventually make a path.

Anyone know who owns it?


Yes it has always been busy. I went for a wander over there on a hot sunny Saturday afternoon when I was working down there a few years ago and it was like Rhyl beach! Including the ice cream van. All local people from what I could tell, families mainly. Nice.

No idea about ownership sorry. I bet Ffriog Quarry / Aberllefenni would know? Or Mark Waite?




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Posted: 23/05/2019 09:26:13
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Shame if that's the case, have you got a link to the Facebook video? IP: 92.40.248.211
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Posted: 23/05/2019 10:40:57
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Question is, why is the adit being blocked off. There was nothing there dangerous, except possibly the deep pool, and they are everywhere.

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Posted: 23/05/2019 11:18:10
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https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10219420788579174&id=1496151190

Should work without a Facebook account

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Posted: 23/05/2019 12:38:40
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Looks like a bat crime.
Someone do the honours?

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Posted: 23/05/2019 22:14:36
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https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/end-era-landowner-takes-drastic-16322061

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Posted: 24/05/2019 03:08:23
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my " grim prediction "

a certain segment of the caving , climbing , mine explore and urbex community will continure to visit the site - using SRT gear to get in // out

this will not go un noticed - prompting people with no idea to attempt access using industrial polyprop ropes or " aldi multi purpose rope " leading to rescues or darwin awards

unless mt tilley " chemically dopes " the lagoon to prevent swimmers
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Posted: 24/05/2019 22:16:40
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It is a shame this, but I'm not surprised. The amount or rubbish and nonsense that goes on up there is ridiculous.

The quarry entrance which looks like it's blocked is only a short access tunnel. I'm pretty sure it's still accessible for those determined enough to scramble in (and if you do a little youtube searching you'll see videos of people taking serious jumps from the top of the quarry into the pool which resulted in a fatality not that long ago).

Shame.
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Posted: 24/05/2019 22:49:53
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50 years or so visiting there.... In the early days with parents (dad used the spend a fair amount of time at the Plas Tan Y Bwlch industrial archeology courses.

Was a loverly spot (grab sandwiches and have a wander up... Usually looking for Pyrites in the tips) to enjoy the views over the Mawdach estuary...
Sadly in recent times its been abused more and more.... More litter and mess...
Can't say I'm surprised to be honest AND can't really blame the owners......
Bat's (if any roost in there.... And frankly I've never seen any doing so)
Can still get in from the other end.
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Posted: 28/05/2019 08:50:59
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Blober wrote:

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10219420788579174&id=1496151190

Should work without a Facebook account


The owner was threatened with prosecution by the council because of the litter and fly tipping. He is legally responsible for clearing it.

It is being widely reported in readers' comments in the media and there seems to be overwhelming support for the owner even though many regret losing access.

If bats start to use the blocked off tunnel then that should give some protection and it will not be the farmer who will be responsible for enforcing any protection.



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Posted: 28/05/2019 12:28:07
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I wasn't aware of the facts here. I thought some kind of Health and Safety concerns.

Its a pity though that a local group could not have been assembled to act as caretakers, seems a far easier solution. Unless something else I have missed?

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Posted: 28/05/2019 13:12:40
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I think one report said that some local groups had spent time clearing up some of the mess but there was just so much and it would be increasing any time that there were visitors.

Last week alone, more than 40 bags of dog mess, dirty nappies, a tent, leftover beer cans and bottles and six disposable BBQs were said to have been dumped at the beauty spot.
https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/what-readers-say-landowner-whos-16324985


"But on the plus side just think what a beautiful nature reserve it will become."

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Posted: 28/05/2019 14:48:07
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I do feel sympathy for the landowner now.

Blocking places off is a sore point with me as I spend so much of my time, and money, opening places up.

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Posted: 28/05/2019 15:22:44
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Quite why people in general and the British in particular (from what I can observe from various trips abroad) are such messy buggers I have no idea. I've seen people leave a disposable BBQ on Mwnt beach when the only access to the beach goes past a huge rubbish bin. But if you say something you just leave yourself open to abuse.

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Posted: 29/05/2019 11:54:53
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crickleymal wrote:

Quite why people in general and the British in particular (from what I can observe from various trips abroad) are such messy buggers I have no idea. I've seen people leave a disposable BBQ on Mwnt beach when the only access to the beach goes past a huge rubbish bin. But if you say something you just leave yourself open to abuse.


The British are bad at this sort of thing but sadly you see this sort of thing from many nationalities all over the world.

I remember being on a beach in Morocco having bought a snack from a beach-side cafe and wandering back towards the cafe looking for a bin for the wrapper. A local fellow angrily admonished me, taking the litter from my hand and throwing it onto the sand. Apparently he was employed by the cafe to keep that section of the beach clear. I sat and watched him gather up all the rubbish from the area in front of the cafe then walk a couple of hundred yards up the beach and dump the contents of his bin on the sand there instead Sad
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Posted: 29/05/2019 17:35:35
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Living in the Middle East at the moment (home in 2 weeks!) and they're certainly no tidier out here. Drifts of litter everywhere. My 6 year old described the desert as "garbage desert" and she's not wrong... mile after mile of litter blowing around between pylons and camels.

We managed to find a fairly nice bit of beach a while back and were sitting enjoying it, when a man came onto the beach a few yards from us and emptied a carrier bag full of rubbish onto the waters edge. And then sat down a few metres further up the beach and watched the tide gently wash his garbage back towards him.

It's nowt to do with being British... it's just people.
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Posted: 30/05/2019 15:58:58
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It's inevitable that we are going to see a lot more of this, fuelled by the free availability of info online. Reading up through the thread and looking online I can see that Golwern has been listed on many mainstream outlets, who do not recognise that it's private land. I have full sympathy with the land owner.

I can't help wonder if there will be some law passed to prevent this kind of intrusion to private property. By that I mean 'publicising' rather than 'trespassing'. After all, if you had something interesting in your back garden, would you be happy to see it described as 'places you must visit' in a link off a newspaper?

In a related matter I see that Antonio and his mates at the C9C lot have just spunked their latest vid - this time of a spectacular Mid Wales slate mine - all over some pretty publicly accessible pages on Facebook. Again, this is only going to fuel a further surge of interest in the area, to a place that's already started to suffer theft of artefacts and vandalism..... all so someone can get the feel-good of a load of "likes" on social media with grockles telling them how brave they are. Ultimately this will lead to (of course) attempts to seal that place off too, as any liability conscious land owner would do.
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