This expedition was meant as a recce, to see if we could get in to the Cae Fali woods, above the valley of the Ddwyryd, and approach the so far undiscovered Cae Fali mine from that direction. We did get in to the woods, but we found a different mine.
There’s a track goes off parallel to the railway, above the level crossing at the top of Penrhyndeudraeth. This is a good spot for train lovers as the Ffestiniog railway runs close by for a couple of miles as you walk further along to the north west. Views of the valley below and the distant Moelwyns open out as you head along. Once out of the forestry, the surroundings change to a classic mining landscape, with suspicious dips and lumps in the ground, left and right. Soon enough, we reached an adit, almost flooded to the roof, and a trial in an outcrop of rock. There’s no evidence of a siding from the railway here, so perhaps these workings pre-date the Ffestiniog railway.
|The flooded adit, left…and the trial, below.|
|The mangle, below…blocked adit ,right.|
These mines are obviously on the same lode as the nearby Pant-y-Wrach mine on the Llanfrothen side of the hill; they may even interconnect, although it’s impossible to tell now as all the entrances are run-in here. There is a very long drive underground from that mine, but I will have to research a little further. Our free time was running out on this adventure, but we had found a way to access the Cae Fali woods, and found some mines into the bargain!