Heritage Open Days 8 and 15 Sept 2024

On September 8th, PDMHS is running free guided tours at Magpie Mine during the annual UK Heritage Open Days. No need to book, just turn up. The event is usually very well attended and parking space is limited, however the site is on several footpaths so why not park nearby and enjoy a short stroll through the fields. It’s easy to find: two tall chimneys! For more details, see the Heritage Open Day website posting for the Magpie Mine event.

On September 15th, we will be taking people underground at the Ecton copper mines. Booking is required for this event. Details about the event and booking instructions may be found on the Heritage Open Days website page for Ecton Copper Mines.


Peak District Mining Heritage Walks, Field Meets, and Underground Mine Trips


Here are the guided walks, field meets, and underground mine visits we currently have planned for the next few months in the Derbyshire Peak District. Do keep checking back here, as more walks and underground trips will be added to the list. Walks/meets are organised by the Society, the Museum, and by the Underground Exploration group, with slightly different logistical arrangements: see below.

If you want to find out more information about any of our guided mining and industrial heritage walks, contact Adam at meets@pdmhs.com.

The schedules will usually be updated quarterly, when each newsletter is published.

Online calendars are now available:

Mining Museum Heritage Walks

Sturdy footwear and waterproofs recommended. A charge of £3 is made (both for PDMHS members and non-members) which goes towards the running costs of the museum. Walks are open for anyone to join and well behaved dogs on leads welcome.

Booking should be via the Museum; please refer to the mining museum website and facebook page.

Wednesday Evening Walks

17th July – Bonsall Moor’s Scheduled Monuments. Meet 6.30pm at the Lorry Park, Bonsall.

21st August – The Crich Mines. Meet 6.30pm outside the Cliff Inn, Crich.

Special Sunday Walks

25th August – Steeple Grange, Wirksworth. Meet at 11am at the National Stone Centre.

Heritage Open Days

For both Open Days, further information can be found by searching for “Magpie” or “Ecton” at: https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/visiting

PDMHS members Field Meetings

Many walks/meets organised by PDMHS are free, and are open to all (not just PDMHS members, although you might like to join PDMHS.). However, pre-booking is required when walks are limited to a certain number of people, and contacting us in advance is recommended.

The format of some Society Field Meetings will sometimes be very similar to Museum Heritage Walks, but we might spend a little longer discussing interpretation, and participants other than the leader are likely to chip in their knowledge, as well as asking questions. Society Field Meetings are definitely not “just for experts”, and any meets which involve more than walking around on the surface looking at the remaining features and learning about the history will be clearly indicated as such.

As the walks are weather-dependent, changes due to weather conditions will also be posted on the website; it is advisable to check back here before you set out.

Goyts Moss and Castids Common Collieries

Tuesday 9th July. Leader: Adam Cooper.

Meet at the Derbyshire Bridge car park, SK 0185 7158 at 7pm.

This area, by the side of the 1759 Buxton to Macclesfield Turnpike road at the head of the Goyt Valley was the site of working the Yard Coal, known locally as Goyt Coal, from at least the middle of the 17th century until 1893. In the latter phase, coal was taken out by an extension of a tunnel (the Burbage Upper Level, on the Buxton side of the hill) which had formerly been driven to work Ringinglow Coal at Burbage Colliery.

There is some evidence of early exploitation in the form of collapsed shallow workings while an abundance of causeways, some of which provide evidence for the sequence of pit sinking, and horse gin circle mounds are from later periods. A substantial mound of driving waste can be seen, marking the route of the extended Burbage Upper Level. There is also a sough to see, and a group of crown holes where the roof of shallow workings has collapsed to leave a set of depressions.

The trip is likely to take about 3 hours and involve 3 miles walking.


Monday 22nd July. Leader: Jim Riding.

Meet at 7pm at the Miners Arms in Brassington.

Jim’s tour of Brassington will last around 1½ hours.

Underground Exploration Group

Underground mine trip in Maury Sough © Martin LongOur underground mine trips are organised by the PDMHS UEG (Underground Exploration Group), which is free to join for PDMHS members. Insurance is compulsory for those going on underground trips, but the UEG can arrange this if you don’t already hold BCA insurance. Meeting times/places for UEG meets may be found in the members’ newsletter or by contacting the UEG.

You can contact the UEG here.

Ible Adit, Via Gellia

Sunday 21st July. Leader: Martin Long.

Meet at 10.30am at the Wood Lane/A5012 junction, SK 2533 5663.

The full extent of this adit will be explored, along with others in the locality.

Generally dry, some climbing may be involved so a belay belt is advisable.

Neptune Mine & Wardlow Sough, Cressbrook Dale

Saturday 17th August. Leader: Sean Caley.

Meet at 10.30am at the Village Cross, Litton,
SK 1632 7516.

Cowstail and belay belt required for Neptune Mine, wet gear (depending on recent weather) for Wardlow Sough.

Lathkill Dale Rummage

Sunday 22nd September. Leader: Shirley Burtonshaw.

Meet at 10.30am at Over Haddon car park,
SK 2032 6644.

We will visit several small adits along the dale, knee pads recommended.

Nickergrove Mine, Stoney Middleton

Wednesday 2nd October. Leader: Sean Caley.

Meet at 6.45pm at the Lovers Leap layby,
SK 2267 7560.

Easy SRT through-trip (if time permits). Limited places.

Updated: Adam Cooper, June 16th 2024

Matlock Cable Tramway Walk Report

Sunday 28th April dawned a pleasant day after the horrendous weather of the previous day. Nine of us met Paul Chandler at the picnic site / car park in Darley Dale. We started off towards Warney Mill, a former corn water mill. This was acquired by one Herbert Harding from Matlock and used as a caravan site. He later sold furniture direct to the public. On Sundays the items were included in an expensive pound of carrots to work around the then Sunday trading laws. The site is now better known as DFS. 

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Museum Heritage Events

The Peak District Lead Mining Museum (part of PDMHS) hosts Derbyshire Heritage Events and offers Guided Heritage Walks in Derbyshire – for dates, times, costs and other details please check the Museum Web Site news page or their Facebook page.

The guided heritage walks are led by local expert Tony Wood and others. Tickets must be purchased in advance from the Peak District Lead Mining Museum in Matlock Bath. Not only does Tony have an extensive knowledge of local lead mining history, but also the people and places. His walks have usually been sold out and attract many “repeat visitors”. You can buy tickets in person at the Museum (check the Museum web site for opening times) or you can email here or phone 01629 583834. Card payments can be taken over the phone for a minimum of 2 or more tickets.

Evening walks usually begin at 7.00pm and aim to finish by 9.00pm. The starting point will be given when you purchase your tickets. 

In addition to walks organised by the Museum, PDMHS also operates a series of free heritage walks and underground trips. For underground trips, BCA public liability insurance is mandatory – this can be arranged for PDMHS members by the Society’s Underground Exploration Group.

Derbyshire Heritage Talks are hosted at the Museum in Matlock Bath. Talks are on Tuesday evenings at 7:30 and cover a wide range of historical aspects of the area, including the mining heritage but also industrial archaeology, folk-lore and social history in Derbyshire. These heritage events are well attended and tickets should be purchased in advance (at the museum or by phone to 01629 583834) to avoid disappointment. For ticket prices see the museum web site.


Stoney Middleton Mining Heritage Walk Report

The weather forecasts before our walk on October 13th had been pretty ominous, with rain, high winds and even lightening forecast. But PDMHS walkers are a hardy bunch, and a total of 14 of us turned out to brave the elements at our meeting place at the bottom of Coombs Dale in Stoney Middleton

This was an all-day circular walk which was packed with features of mining interest. Only a couple of fields from our starting point, we crossed over Peakstone Rake by the site of Wren Park Mine, before entering Coombsdale Wood with its old limestone quarry. The quarry has been used as a tip for domestic waste in the past, and here we found a large shaft covered with scaffolding poles – which we concluded was probably an old lime kiln which has been almost completely buried by the tipping. Continue reading