Part 2 A
DOLAUGOTHI GOLD MINES
The route took us along the M4 and then the a476 through Lland
eilo to join the b4302 joining thea482 to arrive at Dolaucothi Gold mine 9.45 quarter of an hour prior to opening time at 10.00a. Time passed quickly by the time Vic had sorted out our admission, given us badges that said we were volunteers from Aberdulais Falls and the coach had parked. Everyone was bursting for a ‘cuppa and a beeline was made to their tearooms. Here was what we were used to – home-made cakes tempting us to have with that cuppa.
The tours were dived into 30 minutes and an hour. But first everyone went to the hut that housed the equipment needed prior to our adventure into the mines.
Our bags were placed in a locker.
Out of an old truck came white helmets. Into the hut and small miner lamps were attached to the helmet, at the front. Finally a heavy battery charger tied securely round our waists.
Our guide gave excellent talk on the history of the mines.
Climbing up the steep path I imagined what it must have been like for those men going to work at the crack of dawn, carrying their tools.
Leaving daylight behind found our’ lamps’ invaluable to be being able to see how the miners had knocked away the rock forming passage ways. Small drops of water fell and it was very cold inside.