To visit the cheese is awe-inspiring, especially if you glimpse the grey roofs of the caverns, soaring cathedral-like above you. Between us, Linda and I have 40 years of experience in the cheese industry.’. When the cheese surfaces after its spell underground, it is taken back to the creamery to be  cut into small blocks, encased in smart navy-blue wax and stamped with a seal – a thing of creamy beauty in which you can taste the distinct flinty flavours of the slate and the fresh grassy tang of  the Llyn peninsula. Unity Mine at Cwmgwrach, in the Neath Valley, is due to begin production within weeks, taking on 60 workers. But disaster struck as work on Cavern 3 was beginning. Book now for the early tours get a fantastic discount! Merrells herself had spent 28 years at Marks & Spencer before taking early retirement  to renovate houses. Welsh coal mining history at Rhondda Heritage Park - By Cardiff Mummy Says. The deepest mine in south Wales. It's the perfect souvenir of your day in North Wales! Owners of a nearby mine at Aberpergwm say they are close to accessing a large coal reserve, meaning up to 200 more workers will be needed. 48 Park Avenue, East 21st Street, Apt. T he cheese, made to a recipe devised by Lewis-Williams, is aged at the creamery for 11 months and then spends three months 500ft underground at Llechwedd slate caverns. Barely had she begun knocking down walls when she was approached by Sainsbury’s to sort out its cheese counter. Nantgarw Colliery was one of the flagships of the National Coal Board. The process takes four and a half hours before the period of maturation begins. Please read our data protection policy here. The finest cheeses from Wales, direct to your door. 'Linda has been in cheese for 25 years – she was  a cheese technician for Long Clawson, which makes Stilton, and is now a consultant for South Caernarfon Creameries.’. Under the UK government elected in 1992, ownership of these then passed in 1994 into private hands, and Tower Colliery (near Hirwaun in South Wales), which had both a deep shaft (using a winding house to access vertically the deep coal veins, and a drift mine (boring horizontally into a mountain or hill to extract the coal) was run as a miners cooperative from 1994 until 2008. Posted: 14/09/2017. One hundred years later the slate industry was booming, and the quarries had grown in size. This winter’s rain flooded the lower levels of the mine, scuppering the train; it is now stuck halfway to the surface, meaning that every 20kg box of cheese has to be carried by hand down 122 uneven steps. Having retired from a career in theatre and then run a B&B, he is busy transforming Llechwedd into a wonderland of zip wires; climbing routes; underground trampolines, weddings and tours; cafes; and… cheese. Cavern Cheddar has been developed in partnership with Slate Mountain to add a real depth of flavour to our Welsh Cheddar. 'Five years later, I’m still there. It may seem an easy task to find enough space for 1,336 20kg boxes of cheese in a mine that consists of 250 chambers, 25 miles of tunnel and 16 levels descending 1,800ft underground, but it turns out that the depth at which you store the cheese is as important as the means by which you get it in and out of the mine. In its Victorian heyday, Llechwedd exported slate across the globe. 'To visit the cheese is awe-inspiring, especially if you glimpse the grey roofs of the caverns, soaring cathedral-like above you', 'Water flows or drips constantly, ferns grow in unexpected pockets, and the floor, even when cleared, is a hazardous terrain of leftover slate', Llechwedd slate mins consists of 250 chambers, 25 miles of tunnel and 16 levels descending 1,800ft underground - and is home to 1,336 20kg boxes of cheese, Looking out from the Llyn peninsula, north Wales, From left: Win Merrells, Michael Bewick and Linda Lewis-Williams at Llechwedd slate mine, Bringing the cheese up through the tunnels, A speedy cheese pate made with wholegrain mustard and Worcestershire sauce, Make these with mature cheddar and sun-dried tomatoes for a great mid-morning snack or lunch, A delicious, warming dish with an umami-rich, creamy filling - perfect for a light lunch or supper, This rich vegetable soup is finished with crispy, fried leeks and served with mustardy cheese toasts, How to cook the perfect Christmas ham, from broth, to glaze, to leftovers, Brussels sprouts okonomiyaki style recipe, Roast Brussels sprouts with apples and bacon recipe, Gratin of smoked mackerel, horseradish, parsnips and potatoes recipe, Orange and cardamom Christmas Bakewell tart recipe, Apple and cranberry Paradise jelly recipe, Chicken, leek and parsley Charter pie recipe, Marmalade and whisky bread and butter pudding recipe, Baked pasta with pumpkin, spinach, ricotta and smoked cheese recipe. Led by former miners you can discover what the mine was like as you descend 100 metres underground into it’s dark depths. When I visit on a January morning, the beautiful, mossy, sodden, grey Welsh landscape sparkles in surprising sunlight. The cheese, made to a recipe devised by Lewis-Williams, is aged at the creamery for 11 months and then spends three months 500ft underground at Llechwedd slate caverns. The town now had a school and a church, and a population of over 11,000. Entry is free. Slate-cavern-aged cheddar, £2.50 for 200g or in blue-waxed blocks from £11.50 per kg on the deli counter, exclusively at Sainsbury’s, Wild-mushroom and cheddar oatmeal pancakes, Leek and roasted-sweet-potato soup with Welsh-rarebit croutes. Big Pit National Coal Museum (Welsh: Pwll Mawr Amgueddfa Lofaol Cymru) is an industrial heritage museum in Blaenavon, Torfaen, Wales.A working coal mine from 1880 to 1980, it was opened to the public in 1983 under the auspices of the National Museum of Wales.The site is dedicated to operational preservation of the Welsh heritage of coal mining, which took place during the Industrial revolution. The mines in the Llanelli area were up to 500' deep and had to be descended into by baskets or ladders. A cheese matured in a 500 feet deep Welsh cave is to be revealed as a “wonder of the world” on Japanese TV. Introducing: Welsh Slate Cavern Cheddar with Penderyn Whisky. Working deep underground in the mines of Victorian Wales was a perilous profession. Hughes’s is one of 130 Welsh farms sending milk to the creamery, which operates as a cooperative owned by the farmers, none of whom is based more than half an hour from the sea. 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