I first entered the mine in 1995 by a crawl in
running water up the deep adit. Later in 2002 the present entry of
concrete capped shaft and fixed ladders was made from an old gunnis to
This mine is the longest underground trip on the
meets list and has many interesting features. Engine shaft is accessible
with in situ pump rods and an ascent of fixed ladders gives access to the
upper 14 fathom level.
The mine is one of the most
interesting in the area, and the largest single mine
Knee deep wading.
scrambling, stooping passage.
80 feet of fixed
ladders, but short sections. These are of 7 or 8 feet but the tops are
level with the platforms so a bit of scrambling to get off them, some have
grab chains. Upper section is 16 feet and will be lifelined.
Long and slightly
grotty crawl on 14 fathom.
Long trip, personal
stamina required. Also, although no SRT recommend some self lining basic
kit for ladders, belay belt will do it. Anyone scared of ladders should
give it a miss, but they could do the rest of the mine.
Frongoch Risk Assessment
Meeting and Parking.
Opposite stream from deep adit at SN 712742 By the
wood pile - gate will be open, and limited parking opposite Wemyss