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Miles

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Posted: 26/02/2007 20:32:33
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What's your favorite North Wales Slate Mine? IP: 88.110.198.125
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Posted: 26/02/2007 20:47:34
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Not sure?
I like Dinorwig a lot!
My dad 'Allan' took me up when I was quite young, so I'm quite used to the place. Although not having much in the way of chambers, its got some great external relics. Its perhaps the only quarry in Britain that I know that has a lot of external relics.
What I've seen of rhoysdd looks interesting. Never really been to any underground slate mines in wales. Llechwedd of cource is a great mine, the 'Coughs Cavern' is very nice. Seems a little harsh that there is no access.
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Posted: 26/02/2007 21:16:28
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I reckon mine is Cwmorthin/Oakeley. At least if I guage it by the total time spent, I reckon them two have seen more me-hours than all the others put together, and I still have a list as long as my arms of things to do in there.

Coughs Cavern is nice yes, though Rhosydd has several chambers breaking to daylight that are quite a lot more spectatular if you can get to them. The same can be said for Wrysgan too imho, up on the higher floors there are some real nice ones.
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Posted: 26/02/2007 21:31:52
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Yes!
Know my dad has been to Oakely. Seeing several dummies, which scared several of the team he was in.
Must admit that the Silurian mines sound interesting
i.e. - Moel Fferna, Penarth, Deeside etc...
Though access to Moel Fferna is a little difficult.
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Posted: 27/02/2007 09:34:00
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I don't really have a favourite, i have favourite parts of many different ones. I do like squeezing through collapses though!
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Posted: 27/02/2007 15:05:50
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Lord Mouldington wrote:

I reckon mine is Cwmorthin/Oakeley. At least if I guage it by the total time spent, I reckon them two have seen more me-hours than all the others put together, and I still have a list as long as my arms of things to do in there.


I concur, Cwmorthin - huge amount to see, lots yet to find. Going upwards on Thursday Smile

...although, that said, the Croesor-Rhosydd trip has a certain appeal, it's been too long since I last did that. Oddly, I had a wierd dream about that last night - I was the only one wearing a harness and everyone else refused to do so. Strange...
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Posted: 27/02/2007 16:15:58
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What I saw of Cwmorthin was good! I actually saw it on a camping trip (same day I visited rhoysdd) from the opposit side of Llyn Cwmorthin. Could see what might have been the lake level adit from the oter side odf the lake. Went past an old wheel pit with some pipelines running through it. Outside was Odd thing made out of a Bike chain.
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Posted: 27/02/2007 17:26:02
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Favourite slate mines, tricky, so many to choose from...

Cwmorthin and Oakeley, definitely

Other favourites include the CRTT (although Croesor and Rhosydd by themselves aren't desperately interesting) and definitely Moel Fferna and a couple of select holes in the ground on the other side of Blaenau...
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Posted: 28/02/2007 15:37:26
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I would probably have to say Cwmorthin and Oakeley as these are the two that I have spent most time in and were among the first mines that I explored. I must say though that I will always be impressed by the vertical chambers in Aberllefenni that break through to daylight. IP: 81.159.70.165
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Posted: 13/03/2007 00:06:41
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Oakeley, llechwedd and Votty have been abused now, Maenofferen kicks the slate-extraction-based arse! IP: 88.109.127.205
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Posted: 26/03/2007 16:09:21
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It has got to be Maen Offeren.

(Sorry Mr Davies please dont Guns me)
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Posted: 26/03/2007 16:20:24
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Maenofferen definatly, but I hve a soft spot for Moss Head which is truly immense even by Wales standards IP: 195.8.188.42
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Posted: 26/03/2007 16:31:40
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I love Moss Head, Allan and my grandad i.e. david took me there for the 1st time, amazing place.
How gigh would you say the closehead is?
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Posted: 26/03/2007 16:37:36
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LAP wrote:

I love Moss Head, Allan and my grandad i.e. david took me there for the 1st time, amazing place.
How gigh would you say the closehead is?


Dont really know. Ive got an ultra sonic distance measurer, but I dont know how it would perform in there. Its certainly the largest underground cavity I have ever seen.
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Posted: 26/03/2007 16:49:50
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What I meant of cource was how High was it, not how gigh!
Pretty big though!
at least 150 ft would you say?
What's good about Moss Head/Spion Kop is that they have a'lot of interesting relics inside.
David pointed out an isolated part of Spion Kop on the other side witha a larrer lading up to it did you see this?
And did you see the shaft going up to Kkald Cop? Big Grin
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Posted: 26/03/2007 17:56:03
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Maen Offeren has chambers well over 150 feet high. I would think Aberllefenni has too. IP: 89.240.181.239
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Posted: 26/03/2007 17:58:19
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Hen Gloddfa has chambers 700' high, 100% vertical. The Aberllefenni ones are not far behind Shocked IP: 83.105.71.162
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Posted: 26/03/2007 18:30:12
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Oh my god!!!!!!!!!!
That is big!
Must have been interesting working there in aberllefenni's last yeards.
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Posted: 26/03/2007 20:16:56
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HMMM tricky, Crtt for the trip rather than the remains, Mainoffern for the remains and r** C***e area for the sheer size of the chambers. I know I'm being a pigge but I like them all for different reasons and its too damm hard to pick just one. Surrender IP: 86.145.92.249
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Posted: 21/04/2007 13:06:08
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Ohh, Moss Head is about 180 ft total vertical distance. 50ft from moss head middle to moss head high, and another 100 ft to spion kop, + about another 20/30 ft to the very top of the chamber. IP: 84.69.53.97
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