Welsh News

Newsflash: Water release in the Mellte River affecting Porth yr Ogof starting on 1st November 2019

Due to the large volume of recent rainfall in the region, information has been received from Welsh Water/Dwr Cymru that a planned release of water from an upstream dam will start on 1st November and ...

Management changes at Ogof Ffynnon Ddu

Bob Hall, on behalf of SWCC and the Ogof Ffynnon Ddu Cave Advisory Group, has sent the following information: Changes to the Administration of Access of the Ogof Ffynnon Ddu System Background The Ogof Ffynnon ...

Book review: Rich Mountains of Lead

Mike Moore reviews a valuable addition to any mine explorer's book collection. This new book is a detailed study of  the lead, silver and zinc mines of the Cwm Rheidol and Ystumtuen orefield, covering the ...

Access to Dan yr Ogof in jeopardy?

Photos courtesy of the National Showcave Centre for Wales Cavers, no matter how carefully they abide by access arrangements, should always be conscious that for some of our most treasured caves, access can never be ...

Access to Ogof Ffynnon Ddu 1 entrance

The following information has been released by South Wales Caving Club regarding a revised access route to the entrance of Ogof Ffynnon Ddu 1. Due to some tensions with a local landowner, please note the ...

Safety Advice – Cwmystwyth Mine April 2018

Roy Fellows would like the following safety advice to be published: With regard to the ladder at the top of a very loose slope of rocks on the climb up / SRT route above to ...

Review: Caves of North Wales Website

In today’s Information Age we’ve all become used to having what we want to know at our fingertips – literally! At times it seems as though everything we want or need to know is available ...

Welsh Mines News Digest, Spring 2018

Here are some brief snippets of news, courtesy of Roy Fellows. Filming for "Hidden Wales" Lazerbeam Productions has been filming surface and underground at Cwmystwyth for a forthcoming series "Hidden Wales". Roy accompanied a filming team ...

Newsflash: Movement Reported in Ogof Draenen’s Second Boulder Choke

Following an incident on Saturday 27th January 2018, it has been reported to the Pwll Du Cave Management Group (PDCMG) that there has been some movement in the area of the squeeze in the 2nd ...

News: Conservation Work in Ogof Draenen

Taping, for good or bad, is a vital aspect of caving that ensures most of the cave is kept safe for future generations, restricting the wear and tear from cavers to the controlled paths. In ...

Rhosydd Slate Quarry – a classic book republished

A new print run of Rhosydd Slate Quarry, by M.J.T. Lewis and J.H. Denton, is now available. In 1974, the list of available literature covering mining history of any kind was not particularly long. In ...
A view along the Garndyrrus tram road. Photo: M. Jones

Joint Statement by the Secretaries of Pwll Du Cave Management Group (PDCMG) and Cambrian Caving Council (CCC).

Joint Statement by the Secretaries of Pwll Du Cave Management Group (PDCMG) and Cambrian Caving Council (CCC). There is a new entrance to Ogof Draenen, excavated within a Scheduled Monument. Following recent publicity, it has ...
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