David picked me up from home. We drove to the Cwmorthin parking lot, and met up with the others. Some I had never met before. One was dropped off by his wife and their 4 month old Border Terrier. That was nice! All kitted up we walked to the lake at Cwmorthins entrance, and along it, and out of the valley on the other side. It already was a great walk! These abandoned industrial valleys, with no habitation, but just fields and rivers and ruins and sheep, are amazingly beautiful. And then we got to the entrance!
Near the entrance
We had a bit of a walk around. It was quite nice! We scampered up some inclines and walked through some gaping chambers, and had a generally jolly time. And soon we came to where on the through trip we had come out. A big chamber with daylight flooding in. That was where the rope pitch would be. And indeed! We carefully clambered up; the pitch came past all sorts of iffy lumps of rock that were considering coming crashing down, but we all came up without issues.
Phil kindly provides scale in this picture of the chamber we had lunch in
The winder we found at the top of the rope pitch
The somewhat iffy level at the top of the incline
Some very cute little crystals at the top of the pitch
We decided it was too early to go back; we would have another scamper. We first went down, to find a lovely flooded chamber with a level leading off in the other direction. Enticing! We should go back one day with wetsuits. These chambers are terribly deep and cold; not a very good idea to just chance them in"normal" clothes. After some ogling of these uncharted grounds we tried went back up, trying to get higher up than any of us had been. We came to a chamber that was so huge we figured it may originally have been two chambers, but which the in between bit collapsed. With a few we tried to find a new way out, and we did; evidently, not many had, as we found a little chamber with the hobnail-boot footsteps still all over the floor. Very nice!
I want to go back and see what's on the other side!
The hobnailed boot footprints, albeit not very clear
Cwmorthin valley, and its lake