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August 18th Cefn Coed Colliery Museum and Margam Abbey August 18, 2015

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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.

Our day out started driving through Llangadog and over the mountain road   to Brynamman  stopping in a layby on the way to look back at the magnificent view of land and sky.083

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

http://www.npt.gov.uk/default.aspx?page=4964

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!

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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!

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Margam Abbey was nearby so we ended our day out by a  visit to the Orangery, the church, the abbey ruins and the café!!

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A really brilliant day out for me but Jim’s knees …that’s another story!!

 

2 Responses to “August 18th Cefn Coed Colliery Museum and Margam Abbey”

  1. MRS JL WILKINSON Says:

    Sounds like you had a good day out despite Jim’s knees! Only another week and we will be visiting again! So looking forward to seeing you both xxx

    • lletty Says:

      Thanks Jacquie. Really looking forward to seeing you two again and catching up with all your news especially the exciting caravan visits you’ve made. Rather wet here today after some lovely days of sunshine. Fingers crossed the sun will return very shortly so all can enjoy their summer holidays…especially you! x


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