On Friday, I was out with my friend and fellow outdoor instructor Martin Digby for a Professional Development Day or play day as my wife likes to call it. We have quite a few adventures in the past with these days which as seen as mountain biking, canoeing and scrambling. As I’m working towards my Local Cave & Mine Leader Award we opted for a bit mine exploration.
Our venue for the trip was to be Penarth Slate Mine near Corwen, which was first opened in 1826 and finally stopped production in 1910. We parked in a layby on the A5 and made the short walk up to the spoil heap and the old work buildings to locate the quarry and the entrance to the mine on middle level. Once inside we had a good explore of the West Vein and East Vein workings with our ultimate aim to see the caban in the East Vein Workings. This was straight forward enough to locate but in comparison with the ones in Cwmorthin was a bit of a let down. However, by now, Martin had become quite comfortable with the scaled plan of the map and was keen to explore the older Low Level workings. We did this in record time and in good spirits. As time was pressing on we reluctantly climbed back up to the middle level via a spoil heap in West Vein and made our way back to the cave entrance.
A lovely day out exploring this mine all that now remains to be done is discover a little more about its history and perhaps a return visit with the little one. To see a few more pictures of the trip please click here.