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Sygun Copper Mine (Snowdonia)
Member Name: benjismum
Sygun Copper Mine (Snowdonia)
Advantages: Great if you like paying £8.75 to climb 186 steps for no reason
Disadvantages: Dangerous and over-priced
We visited Sygun Copper Mine last week while on holiday in North Wales. As it was raining that day it seemed a good place to go, we had our six-year-old Cocker Spaniel with us and were happy to find he could come in the mine too. He'd been in some caverns in Derbyshire in the past so we knew he'd be ok being in an enclosed enviroment. The leaflet boasted that the mine was a fun day out for the whole family so we thought we'd be there some time.
On arriving we found a large, quickly-filling car park which we thought was a good sign. There's a short incline to the shop, cafe and museum, which is all in one building. We asked the lady at the till if the mine was ok for dogs to which she replied "yes, as long as he's ok with a few steps", so we paid the £8.75 admission price each, donned our hard hats and set off to find the entrance to the mine. We found a very long and narrow tunnel to walk through which was very wet underfoot and there were drips coming off the roof. The tunnel seemed to go on forever and we were constantly banging our heads (or hats) on the roof. When we finally reached a space tall enough to stand up straight we were faced with several small exhibits behind bars with a button to press to hear a story of life in the mines. The photos in the brochure are distorted, it looks like massive caverns when in fact you're just looking at 6-foot wide mini caverns through railings. Unfortunately we couldn't make out much of what was being said on the audios so we gave up on those quickly and just carried on.
After a short time we came across a flight of steps - well, an open metal step ladder to be honest. I went up first with our dog who didn't seem to have too much difficulty in getting up by himself. However, when we reached the top of the first stairway, where there was a small platform to stand on to recover, we were faced with yet another stairway, and another, and another. Halfway up the second set our dog started crying, the open steps were hurting his feet and he was exhausted from the climb. We couldn't go back as neither of us could have carried him down and he certainly wouldn't have made it himself so we pushed on, thoroughly miserable and tired. To be honest I can't remember much of what we saw after the steps as we just wanted to get out! Apparantly there's 186 steps - I didn't count them but I can believe it. I really don't know what good the hard hats would have been if one of us were to fall. And if you were on your own you'd probably be lying there for some time before anyone found you. Finally we were back in the open air which was such a relief!
It was still drizzling with rain when we came out so abandoned the mountain walk, we probably wouldn't have done it anyway as the path looked very narrow and dangerous. After looking briefly at the nice view of the valley we turned around and were faced with a very rough, steep, downhill path back to the car park. This path was very long and we were worried about slipping on the rocks. We passed the small gold-panning site which was basically a trough filled with dirty water. By the time we were back at the shop we were soaked.
We went back into the shop to take our hats back and had a quick look around the museum, most of the exhibits appear to have come from other places in the world and the "dinosaur eggs" look like lumps of rock, they could be anything. After five minutes we'd seen everything in there, had a very brief look around the shop and came away. On getting back to the car we looked down to find orange splashes all over our trousers and shoes. We were covered in copper! I was glad to have put a towel in the car for the dog as he was also covered. When we got back to our holiday cottage I have to wash the dog, his towel and our trousers, then scrub our shoes! Luckily they all came up clean.
I don't know how Sygun Copper Mine managed to obtain a Prince of Wales award as, quite frankly, it's dangerous. We were there for around an hour and were glad to get away. There's not many places where we can take our dog with us so we were looking forward to visiting the mines but in the end we felt as if we were being cruel towards him! We made it up to him the next day by walking to the summit of Snowdon and back which was free and well worth it!
Summary: I think the review says it all.
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