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  1. Cwm Coke Cokeworks, Beddlau, South Wales – March 2015 Wow, this is one I have wanted to do for years and finally I got to see it. Me and Southside Assassin loaded up the car and headed off for a mixed weekend away in Wales. After taking a wrong turn and ending 20 miles too far from the location, we headed in the RIGHT direction and arrived on site mid morning. The site is huge and we also met up with Hamtagger and Geoff later on. Got some amazing photos and videos here and thought we would try our luck on the elevators. I would try this on a more still day and obviously tread carefully as you ascend, looking at any movements. They seemed pretty solid on our visit. The trip was sadly cut short when one of our groups was spotted while snapping an external, meaning we covered the whole site but not the main room that we had saved till last  A brief paragraph about Coke from wiki: History Borrowed and Adjusted from H1971’s 2013 report on 28 days Dating back as far as 1909; when the Great Western Colliery Co. began sinking pits to provide steam coals for the Great Western Railway. By 1914 coal was being produced on the Colliery, all of which came from two shafts named Magaret and Mildred, which were over 750 yards deep. In 1928 Powell Duffryn Associated Colleries ltd took over the colliery which employed approximately 1000 men and continued production under this name until 1947; at which point, The National Coal Board was established to run the nationalised coal mining industry in Britain. Between the years 1952 and 1960 the colliery underwent an extensive £9 million reconstruction scheme which included linking CWM to Coedely Tonyrefail. By the 1970s around 1,500 men were producing 515,000 tons of coke on a yearly basis at CWM until the privatisation of the National Coal Board in 1986. The Colliery ceased production in 1986 although there were an estimated 80 million tonnes of coal seams and reserves still there which were never mined. CWM Coke was designed to centralise and maintain the production of South Wales foundry coke. The coal mined at CWM was suitable for foundry coke given its low sulphur content The coke works continued to run after the colliery’s 1986 closure and ceased production in June of 2002. The MASSIVE site has sat rotting ever since. In true Landie Style I have SMASHED the 10 photo thing, I usually allow myself to creep up to 13 or so, but this site took my breath away. The decay just makes it, its amazing here. And hey we all have fast connections these days right? #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 #11 #12 #13 #14 #15 #16 #17 #18 #19 #20 #21 #-VIDEO- Climbing the Elevators https://youtu.be/wJT2haGI0_U Thanks again guys :-) More (If you want!!) At: https://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/sets/72157651326002345/
  2. Hi guys - i'm Conna, i'm new to Urbex. Below are some shots from Cwm Coke yesterday morning. I'm sure you've all seen them before but any advice/feedback would be great, enjoy! C Thanks for looking!
  3. Cwm Coke is one of those enigmatic places I had been looking at photos of long before I got into active exploring, one of the places I had always wanted to see but never thought I would...until today! On the drive up my imagined lovely sunny early morning wander round the site wasn't looking too promising as clouds had gathered, but it wasn't until we were in the process of parking up outside that the heavens opened, total sods law eh! So it turned into a bit of a damp explore, sheltering in the buildings between the bursts of heavy rain. Didn't see a peep all explore which is probably good having heard bad stories about the 'security' there in the past... It's been done so many times before and everyone knows the gist of the place so here are some photos. I went a bit snap happy but the slightly busted autofocus on my 10-20 put paid to some of the shots, it'll be being sent off for repairs next week as I can't keep on losing good shots because of the damage it sustained last year! I make no apology for the amount of photos in this thread! More here https://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157645377832776/
  4. I went here at the beginning of the year and hated the place, I was meant to have gone with my nephew but he had to pull out, so I went on my own. The place is so intimidating after a hour I just had to get out of the place and said I wouldn't go back. I had a message from barracuda asking if I wanted to go somewhere one day, also a newbie said that he wanted to go down there as he didn't manage to get in last time. So a date was set and yesterday at 7am we met up just outside. The old entry point has now been well secured so it was the same place I managed to get in last time, but it can be a little on the wet side. Its still intimidating but with a could of good fellas with me it wasn't so bad. In the end we spent over 4 hours in there and still didn't cover half of the place so another visit might be in order. We did start to climb on of the conveyer towers only to find the walkway was rotten so we carefully made our way back down. All in all even if the place is so dirty and imposing it well worth a look. I took over 200 photos but cut them down to less than 170 which can be found here https://www.flickr.com/photos/cunningplan/sets/72157644532327007/ Cheers barracuda
  5. This was the last port of call on our 2 day trip to Wales.After a less than sound nights sleep in the car which in my opinion was worse than sleeping at Pool Park the night before we headed in not long after the sun had started coming up ,which would explain some of the shots!Really liked this place and even tho we missed a fewrooms with pipes and gauges as tbh 2 nights sod all sleep and clambering around the walkways in hot sunshine we had had enough and packed up. Relaxed explore in a great location if you like flaky paint ,rust and big hunks of machinery left around. visited with SpaceInvader and Obscurity while St0rm caught up on some sleep back at the car.. Borrowed history On with some pics...
  6. Awesome! Decaying rusty metal - Check! Chimmny - Check! Office full of paper work - Check! Machinery still in situ - Check! That explore has everything! Cheers for posting it Maniac.