Another week, another visit out- we keep discovering new places of interest to visit all around here. We are now somewhat limited to keeping walking to manageable levels due to Jim’s poorly knees but it’s amazing that there are so many places that meet our needs.
Cefn Coed Colliery was our next stop -it is a former coal mine, now operating as a museum. It is located at Crynant near Neath
We had a great time at the colliery and although the mine shafts are closed there is a tunnel that you walk through to give you the feeling of what it was like in past times…cold, damp, dark and scary!
We passed all the enormous machines ,the huge tower, the steam winding engine, steam boilers and all the workings but all was silent. It must have been so noisy with all the miners talking, the whistles and bells ringing , the steam pumps steaming and winches whirring all activity and now just a few visitors quietly following the red arrows on the floor leading one round the works. An excellent volunteer guide introduced himself and our museum experience was greatly enhanced by his enthusiastic informative chat. He told us all the little interesting titbits about the colliery that brought the place alive. He showed us the gas tram that has been restored and introduced us to the model railway engineers who were working hard on their model railways. There was an excellent model railway layout – we stood and watched it for ages!
Margam Abbey was nearby so we ended our day out by a visit to the Orangery, the church, the abbey ruins and the café!!
A really brilliant day out for me but Jim’s knees …that’s another story!!