Peak District Heritage Talks

A series of illustrated talks is being held this autumn and winter at the Peak District Mining Museum in Matlock Bath. All the talks begin at 7.30pm.

Tuesday September 12th – The Geology of Matlock Bath. To start the series, Dr. Lynn Willies will be explaining the geology of the Matlock area. The talk is aimed at a beginner/refresher level and includes pictures from both the surface and underground. Geological samples will be available for you to see and handle.

Tuesday October 10th – Images of Matlock Bath, Matlock and Cromford. An illustrated talk by Glynn Waite sharing some of the images of old Matlock Bath, Matlock & Cromford.

Tuesday November 14th – The Role Derbyshire Played in the National Commemoration of World War One. Why is an untidy gravestone in Carsington Churchyard connected with the Unknown Warrior in Westminster Abbey and what has Kedleston Hall got to do with the Annual Remembrance Service at the Cenotaph in Whitehall? How is Middleton linked for ever with over 200,000 of the British Empire’s war dead? These are some the questions which will be answered by Charles Beresford in his talk entitled “The Forgotten Story of Derbyshire’s Major Role in the Nation’s Commemoration of the Great War”.

Tuesday December 5th – Matlock Bath as a Spa with Doreen Buxton.

Tuesday January 9th 2018 – The Quarries of Wirksworth with Tony Holmes.

Tickets are £6 each (or £5 for members of PDMHS or Friends of the Pavillion). Half price for under 18s. Tea & cake in the interval are included in the price!
Tickets can be bought in advance or on the night from the Peak District Lead Mining Museum (subject to availability). Phone 01629 583834 to reserve tickets. See here for further details of the location and for directions.

These events are wheelchair accessible.

These are joint fund raising events for the Peak District Lead Mining Museum and The Matlock Bath Heritage Group.

September 24th. Mining Heritage Walk – Stanage Edge.

Sunday, September 24th 2017, starting at 10.30am.

Leader: John Barnatt. Contact John at

Meet at 10.30am at the car park below Stanage Edge at the north-western end of the road that runs below the edge, next to Dennis Knoll plantation (SK 228 844). Walking boots necessary.

A full day’s walk on the Eastern Moors looking at coal mining remains and more. The walk will be about 5 miles long and we will visit the two sets of coal mining on top of Stanage, a limekiln near Dennis Knoll (which may well have been using the coal from the mines), and the site of the Greens Mill smeltmill in the valley below.

Most of the walk will be on footpaths but there is some rough moorland walking at the coal mine sites – not difficult for anyone reasonably healthy and wearing boots.   

September 29th. Mining Heritage Walk – Barmote Court Walk, Monyash.

Friday, September 29th 2017, starting at 10.30am.

Leader: Adam Russell. Contact Adam at

Meet at the village cross in the centre of Monyash at 10.30am. The adjacent Smithy Cafe will be open from 9.30am for anyone wanting a good breakfast before setting out.

To mark the date of the Autumn High Peak Barmote Court, this 6-mile walk will visit a number of sites in the Monyash area with a general theme of mining law and disputes. Afterwards, there will be the option to visit the Bulls Head Inn, the traditional venue for the High Peak Court, and – in keeping with tradition – “partake of ale”.

Bring a packed lunch.

August 8th – Mining Heritage Walk to High Rake Mine and Tideslow Rake, nr. Great Hucklow

Tuesday, August 8th 2017 starting at 7.00pm.

Leader: John Barnatt. Contact John at

All welcome – no pre-booking required. Meet at 7.00pm on the road between Great Hucklow and Windmill, near the top of the access road to Milldam Mine (grid ref: SK174779).

A gentle 3 mile summer evening walk along one of the most important lead veins in the Peak District. We will first visit High Rake Mine, which was the site of a major PDMHS conservation project (led by John himself) from 2000-8. We will look at the remains of the buildings (including two engine houses!) and the ore processing areas, and we also have a massive shaft for you to peer down as well. You can read more about the history of High Rake Mine here. Continue reading

July 25th – Mining Heritage Walk: Calver Peak Mines

Tuesday July 25th 2017 starting at 7.00pm.

Leader: Adam Russell. Contact him at

Meet in the car park opposite the Derwentwater Arms in Calver Sough at 7.00pm. Optional food (£5 per head) in the Derwentwater Arms afterwards.

Please note: if you are not intending to visit the pub after the walk please park on the road outside as the car park is for pub customers only.

This 3.5 mile walk will look at the mines of the Calver Peak area, where mining for lead and fluorspar stretches from the medieval period through to the 20th century.

It will visit the site of Calver Sough Engine, Muse Mine, Red Rake and Catsall Rake, and the tail of Brightside Sough. Moderate grade – some ascents and descents, but none are particularly steep.

All welcome – no pre-booking required.