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                       Happy Valley

The Happy Valley area of Llandudno has been extensivley landscaped over the years. It has been recorded that this is the area that gave birth to the Ty Gwyn mine when Benjamin Edwards' cow slipped and disclosed copper ore under a rock. GOES has for many years looked for entrances in this area, but as of yet, to no avail.

For just over 8 months, between September 1997 and May 1998, we undertook to excavate a likely shaft, this series of photographs records the progress of this effort.

Having dug to a depth of approximately 45 feet we discovered a tunnel leading of in a north westerly direction, all very exciting, but it only went for 30 feet ending at a solid rock face, all very disappointing. The dig was finally abandoned just below this point when bed rock pinched in. The tunnel was around 6 feet high, so large enough to walk in, and at the end of it was found the skeleton of a small animal, possibly a fox or a dog.

We are still looking for indications of where the old miners may have entered the workings!

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The beautifull view from the dig site.

The Beautifull view from the dig site

Looking down towards Llandudno from the dig.

Looking down towards Llandudno from the dig.

Enlarging Hole 0698

EriErik and Steve start to expose the suspected shaft

Erik get to grips with the digging

Erik get to grips with the digging

More getting to grips

More getting to grips

Concrete rings in place and fence erected.

Concrete rings in place and fence erected.

Ali and Glyn at the top of the shaft

Ali and Glyn at the top of the shaft

Steve on the way out

Steve on the way out

Steve lowering the shaft

Steve lowering the shaft

Ali reaches the surface

Ali reaches the surface

Glyn in the passage at the bottom of the shaft

Glyn in the passage at the bottom of the shaft

And finally.

And finally.

Just to prove that any one can explore mines

Just to prove that any one can explore mines

Geoff David GOES member @ 77 years

Geoff David GOES member @ 77 years

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