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Posted: 04/10/2010 17:45:31
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Could somebody tell me how extensive upper silica mine is please?

I've a friend temporarily in S Wales and pondering a weekend there for some u/g.

Is there much else underground in the near area?

Anybody local to the area? Flowers

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Posted: 04/10/2010 19:01:10
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There are some caves near by as well...

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Posted: 04/10/2010 20:10:25
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And of course, there is a book. No, more than one book, all with surveys.

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Posted: 05/10/2010 06:01:29
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Will only take about half a day at most to have a good look round. IP: 82.24.233.98
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Posted: 05/10/2010 10:44:45
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simonrl wrote:

Anybody local to the area? Flowers


There is a gentleman you know from down south, who would certainly be interested in Adventure... Shocked

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Posted: 05/10/2010 11:09:50
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That's a point!

If it's a good half day that would be good for a Sunday perhaps before driving home.

Any ideas for other mines in the area?

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Posted: 05/10/2010 11:13:57
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Have you been to Big Pit? Just off the Heads of the Valleys road and a good couple of hours needed.

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Posted: 05/10/2010 15:37:10
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rhychydwr1 wrote:

And of course, there is a book. No, more than one book, all with surveys.


THE CAVES AND MINES OF THE SYCHRHYD GORGE by Keith Jones April 1992 Part 9 in the series Limestones and Caves of South Wales. 32 pp 15 surveys and maps, colour frontis, 2 colour 3 B&W photographs / illustrations. This account presents detailed information on all the known caves and mines of the Sychrhyd Gorge. This enchantingly beautiful area is found at the head of the Vale of Neath, 3 kilometres north east of Glyn Neath near the village of Pont Nedd Fechan. The limestone gorge is 500 metres long and is located on the downstream end of the River Sychryd just before its confluence with the River Mellte, and is guarded by one magnificent portal- the famous Dinas Rock. Reprinted and revised August 2009. SB £10.00

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Posted: 05/10/2010 22:31:11
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If I know you have the right mine gas detectors, there are a few openings in a few coal levels, quite nearby. IP: 80.4.11.117
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Posted: 05/10/2010 23:51:48
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Your not a Fireman ,by any chance Ifor? IP: 86.141.200.44
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Posted: 06/10/2010 02:36:33
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You could also do the small mines behind The Angel pub if the recent rain has not filled them.



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Posted: 06/10/2010 09:30:25
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Big Pit is worth seeing IP: 93.190.187.150
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Posted: 06/10/2010 22:06:43
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Ifor Lamp wrote:

If I know you have the right mine gas detectors, there are a few openings in a few coal levels, quite nearby.


That sounds interesting, but I don't have a gas sensor myself. Would it be 1 per person or a number between the group?

Derrickman and Peter - not been to Big Pit but definitely will add this to the list. Thanks.

Just need to sort a date out now...

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Posted: 07/10/2010 07:19:52
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and another book:

THE SILICA MINES OF THE LITTLE NEATH VALLEY by Tony Oldham 1993 reprinted 2006 12 pp, 17 colour photos, location map. In the original edition the photos were printed in black and white. Now with 21st century technology they have been reproduced in colour. The mines belonged to the Abernant and Dinas Silica-brick and Cement company. They were abandoned in 1909. Chapters include: History, Geology and A Tour of the mines. SB £5.00

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Posted: 07/10/2010 18:13:09
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Morlock, what is down the hole in the picture you posted, I have seen it but looking in it just seems to stop, is it worth going in? IP: 82.24.233.98
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Posted: 07/10/2010 19:46:28
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These pics were taken July 2010 during a very dry period, normally most of it is below water.
I can vaguely remember swimming about in there in the 1970s but can only guess at the true extent as even in dry weather water meets roof as passages continue down-dip.

Sorry about the poor pics, taken whilst out on a family walkabout.



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Posted: 07/10/2010 20:25:10
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One thing for sure,

Thats no Smallmine.
The Brick archway,could have been an Airway for an old Colliery,but the underground photo`s look like the Silica mines
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Posted: 07/10/2010 20:43:14
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There are a few more about both up, and down the valley.
Some seem to have been blocked over the years.

Edit: I think this is the one that goes nowhere.

Edit2: Tower is just up the road, may be worth some recent pics?

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IP: 86.27.20.196 Edited: 08/10/2010 16:30:28 by Morlock
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Posted: 08/10/2010 16:06:52
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Thanks for that Morlock, should have had a look in there over the summer when it was dryer. IP: 82.24.233.98
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Posted: 08/10/2010 16:22:47
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ogof wrote:

Thanks for that Morlock, should have had a look in there over the summer when it was dryer.


It may be worth a walk up the various valleys after the leaves have fallen to see what's still open, (plus a hard winter may lower the levels a bit).

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