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Garth Iron Mine, Taffs Well, South Wales 2 years 1 month ago #27007

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Does anyone know if there are any maps however detailed of Garth Iron mine, Taffs Well in South Wales?
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Re:Garth Iron Mine, Taffs Well, South Wales 2 years 1 month ago #27025

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Dunno... I'm no good down south really..... Anyone else????
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Garth Iron Mine, Taffs Well, South Wales 2 years 1 month ago #27026

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You could try the nearby records offices.
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Garth Iron Mine, Taffs Well, South Wales 2 years 1 month ago #27033

I think I had a map. Its a cross sectional view, looks like the human digestive system. Lots of it don't make sense as some of the pits are now infilled. You can't get lost in there, some stunning ish chambers open to sky. There are copies of it in Glamorgan Archives and online.

Just don't explore midweek as they blast in the quarry above. Trust me, it's awful when you hear the siren and know you've got two minutes to get out, and you're 4 minutes from the entry.

Entry from right on top at the quarry edge, you could do a knotted rope down the slippery slope but I used SRT harness..... or you could drop off a steel gantry near an old washery plant (at least 70m rope required, and that is a guess as I have not done it) or just go in through the (sometimes locked) steel door off the tramway above Heol Berry on the Gwaelod y Garth road.
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Garth Iron Mine, Taffs Well, South Wales 2 years 1 month ago #27035

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Garth Iron Mine, Taffs Well, South Wales 2 years 1 month ago #27036

It took me ages to work this out, and have been in the place many times:

Top left quarter is the entry adit which moves to the right of the map. Everything below this level is flooded. Its shown as a cross sectional view of the mountain.

Bottom left quarter is the same adit as a birds eye view.

Bottom right quarter is the mine also in cross section but taken 90 degrees to the first cross section. Some of those pits are infilled.

Don't bother fucking around with a dinghy to cross the chambers as a) there are jabby bits of metal below the surface which like eating dinghies (again, trust me, I know) and b) you can reach all of the mine by SRT.
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