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PLACES TO DIVE UK INLAND DIVES

Silica, Iron and Chert mines in the UK

Going Underground

Mine diving, like cave or penetration wreck diving, is becoming increasingly popular, but as with any overhead environment, there are potential hazards. Seemingly solid walls may be riddled with holes and cracks from dynamiting, underground air pockets may be contaminated or depleted of oxygen, and it’s easy to stir up a silt-out if you don’t know what you’re doing. Training is essential if you want to go exploring mines. But the crystal-clear waters, spacious tunnels and the possibility of stumbling across a discarded pickaxe, old clay pipe or disused tram make it all worthwhile.....read more

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marine boy
posted : November 09, 2011

here is a video we did the other week http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bORWVcqSLS8&feature=related

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deep tech gnome
posted : October 22, 2006

dived here for the first time a couple of months ago viz was very good 10-15m water temp was 8oc layed about 100m of line th e the remainsof the bogy cartin the cavern area was worth a look. hope to be going back in november or december with more line.

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barbapopa
posted : August 21, 2005

can anyone give me directions to the mine where it is

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Tony
posted : May 13, 2005

"Mickyfartypants" do you actually cave dive or are you just full of hot air like your stupid nom de plume suggests?

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mickyfartypants
posted : May 13, 2005

Darren do you speak English at all?

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Darren
posted : February 22, 2005

Yeh wot a wicked week end Bro', well windy, but well worth it. Got some greeeeaaat pic's of yet anuvver excellent weekend. Just need new pair of hiking boots now!!!!!!!

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Tony
posted : February 14, 2005

Another great weekend in the Silica Mines of Neath. Excellent visibility and a cool water temperature but it was the hailstones on the very muddy and slippery overland journey to the site that made it, er, fun! We think the deepest section is just over 24m, about 120 m from the nearest entrance pool, below some scaffold unless anyone else has any other knowledge of maximum depth there?

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Tony
posted : December 17, 2004

Yes it was a great weekend, Bro! Darren, Ian and I have also dived the Silica Mines of Neath many times. Ian and I were introduced to them by Martyn Farr on his TDI course a few years ago - very enjoyable course as I recall. If any cave trained divers would like to join us on future trips then let us know on this site. How about a cheap Gozo and Malta trip next year? We are looking to make up the numbers so if you are interested then get in touch here. Cheers.

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Darren
posted : December 10, 2004

Had a fantastic day in the Chert mine last saturday, We spent over 3 hours in there and layed out over 250mtrs of line, only one section however is really divable, 5mtrs deep, the other two are waist and knee high. Took loads of good photo's.

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