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looking for national forrest park 6 years 7 months ago #6932

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hi iam looking for a national forest park on the way to barmouth i gust cant find a name of the place there is gold mines in there and a stream there is some signs by the stream saying no paning for gold can any one help from bala to dolgellau on the a494
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Re: looking for national forrest park 6 years 7 months ago #6938

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Hi Badger,

There are many Gold mines around Dolgellau ....

The one you are probably referring to is Gwynfynnyd (it's marked as such on an O/S map) and it is by Ganllwyd.

My understanding is;

The reason there is a no panning for gold sign is that it has been scheduled SSSI (surprise surprise) on account of alleged fresh water mussels. The national association of gold panners (or similar) fought it "tooth and nail" on the basis that;

1) they have been panning for 40 years
2) there aren't any fresh water mussels and never have been
3) the discharge from the mine is full of heavy metals and therefore toxic prohibiting such life

Of course, the SSSI people won theor argument (no surprise there then)

Any help ?

Ian
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Re: looking for national forrest park 6 years 7 months ago #6939

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thanks ian i got lost when i was drivein around 2 years ago down that way and it was a nice place there was mines on the side of the road single track road with a steep drop of the side into the stream
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Re: looking for national forrest park 6 years 7 months ago #6947

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I never spotted any "no panning" signs at gwynfynydd, but there are lots of keep out signs around the area.


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Re: looking for national forrest park 6 years 7 months ago #6967

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when i get back to wales i will have to have a look but its buging me i had no map and the missis in the car going mad at me because we were lost fun times
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