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.

June 27th – Lead Mining Heritage Walk to Field Grove Mine, Sheldon

Tuesday June 27th 2017, starting at 7.15pm.

Walk leader – Adam Russell. Contact him at

An easy 3-mile walk visiting the well-preserved 19th century mining complex at Field Grove Mine, as well as Greengates Mine and Sheldon churchyard. Meet at the Cock and Pullet, Sheldon at 7.15 – optional food and drink there afterwards.
We are definitely not going underground on this walk, but to give you an idea of what is actually down there, you can watch this video on YouTube.