Cae Defaid Slate Mine

October 27, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

 

Exploring Cae Defaid Slate Mine

 

Cae Defaid Slate Mine  is South West of Bala, near Rhydymain and operated in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The upper part of the quarry was developed first, but it failed to prosper.  This section of mine is highly decorated with iron and other minerals, fungi and water drops create magical patterns in the mud - a photographer’s dream!  It has several shafts in the roof that open into small holes in the mountain.  Despite being fenced off, there are many bones of dead sheep that have fallen into the mine.  A different adit provides access to the lower half of the mine, it was worked as a slab mine by a Caernarfonshire company of slate masons and was much more profitable.  It is now  filled with neck-deep water. 

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