Underground Car Graveyard – Cavern of the Lost Souls, Wales
A disused mine in Wales, with a huge pile of motor vehicles that have been dumped through a small opening, making an amazing reflection in the underground lake below.
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The Cavern of the Lost Souls is a disused mine in the Ceredigion / Gwynedd area of Wales that holds a relic of the past. The once-bustling mine now lies silent and flooded, the workers long gone following the decline of the mining industry a few decades ago. Time has begun to take its toll on the excavation, the entrance shaft now a couple of feet deep in water, and the old pathways carved out of the near-shear rock face now crumbling under foot.
A small opening above the main cavern casts a single beam of light into the enormous space. Below, illuminated by the shard of sunlight a huge pile of motor vehicles looms out of the darkness. The cavern had, for a while, been used as a dumping ground by the local council. Old cars, refrigerators, old TV’s and other household items have been tipped through the small entrance, piling up below, towering out of the water – and producing an amazing reflection.
Entry was one of the most fun to date…. After making our way through the flooded passageway the route opened out into a cavern with a 100ft drop below. We made our decent down the crumbling rock face, an interesting free-climb, followed by a crawl through another passageway to the main cavern. The tower of cars greeted us across a large lake, the clear water glistening in our torchlight.
Access to the bottom of the tower of cars was only possible by dinghy. A few of us went across to the island and got some shots, and the dinghy relay began…. Until one started sinking and the other burst! With people still on the island, we needed to think fast! A little while later we managed to rescue everyone, with only a few people getting slightly wet!