Peak District Mining Heritage Walks and Underground Mine Trips

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Here are the guided walks and underground mine visits we currently have planned for the next couple of months in the Derbyshire Peak District. Do keep checking back here, as more walks and underground trips will be added to the list. 

All our walks are free, and are open to all (not just PDMHS members). However, pre-booking is required when walks are limited to a certain number of people. As the walks are all also weather-dependent, we can keep you informed by email of any changes or cancellation in the event of bad weather. You can contact us at meets@pdmhs.com. Any changes due to weather conditions will also be posted on the website, so it is advisable to check back here before you set out.

Also, if you are planning on attending with a large number of friends, it would be worth checking with us in advance about car parking availability. 

Insurance is required for those going on underground trips. The PDMHS UEG (Underground Exploration Group) can arrange this if you don’t already hold BCA insurance.

Donate to support the work of Peak District Mines Historical SocietyOur walks are free but if you would like to express your appreciation, a donation would be very welcome. Alternatively you might like to join PDMHS.

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

19TH JUNE (TUESDAY) – UNDERGROUND TRIP INTO CASCADE CAVERN, MONYASH

Leader: Martin Long.

An evening meet. An opportunity to explore this mined/natural system of limited extent. Grade: Moderate. The entrance shaft of 40ft(12m) will be rigged for both SRT & ladder, plus handline climb on steep slope. A dry trip. Society members attending MUST be proficient at either SRT and/or ladder climbing. Max 5 people plus leader. Guests are welcome but priority will be given to UEG members. BOOKING ESSENTIAL. To book your place and for meeting arrangements, contact ueg@pdmhs.com

Reference: Caves of the Peak District – The River Lathkill Catchment Area (2010 Edition).

Optional drink afterwards at The Bulls Head, Monyash.

24TH JUNE (SUNDAY) – UNDERGROUND TRIP INTO CLAYTON MINE, ECTON

Leader: John Barnatt

This is long and, in parts, wet trip into this impressive mine. Wear oversuit or boilersuit; helmet and appropriate lighting is essential. Wet suit socks are a good idea as the water in the entrance level is often just over Wellington depth; bring a change of clothes for afterwards. The trip will concentrate on the history/archaeology of the mine. The pipeworkings above adit level may be explored, but the ‘Cascades’ link to Chadwick Mine will not be included. Bring flask and sandwiches to have underground.

The trip is limited to 12 places, plus leader/backstop. Booking is essential. There is a £5 trespass fee per person for the Ecton Mines Educational Trust who use their funds to maintain the mine.

To book your place, get meeting time/place – contact John Barnatt by email at meets@pdmhs.com. Bookings will be taken on first come first served basis from Saturday 9th June onwards (please to not contact John before that date – the answer will be contact him on the right day).


Duckmanton Railway Cutting and Arkwright Town, near Chesterfield.

Saturday 17th February 2018. Only one place still available.

Prior booking essential – meeting arrangements will be supplied when booking your place(s).

Organiser: Paul Chandler. 
Paul Guion (East Midlands Geological Society) has kindly agreed to show us around this very important and unique geological site. A short, easy walk from Arkwright Town will bring us to the Duckmanton Railway Cutting (located on the long closed Lancashire, Derbyshire & East Coast Railway line between Chesterfield and Lincoln). The cutting is now split by a filled bridge, with access to the west side being over a stile and down some concrete steps. Access to the east side is over another stile and down a zig-zag inclined path. As the railway cutting will be wet underfoot, wellies are essential. Please also bring a helmet (if you require one, please mention it when booking, as Paul’s stock is limited).
Further information and photographs of Duckmanton Railway Cutting can be found here.
In addition, Paul will be giving us the background to the fascinating story of why an entire Derbyshire coal mining village, Arkwright Town, was “moved” in the 1990s.
 
Duration approx 2hrs. Party size is limited to 20 (including 5 places for Masson Caving Group members). Booking is essential, and priority will be given to PDMHS and MCC members. Contact Paul at meets@pdmhs.com or tel: 01246-220773. If over-subscribed, you will be added to a reserve list.
Visit is courtesy of Derbyshire Wildlife Trust (permit supplied) and many thanks to Paul Guion for leading the walk.   
 
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Stanton Moor Industrial Heritage Walk Report

As with many of our recent walks, we were lucky with the weather at the end of October for our guided heritage walk looking at some of the disused gritstone quarries on Stanton Moor. Fourteen of us met near Birchover, including one couple whose ancestors quarried at Stanton for at least 200 years. They brought with them the wonderful photograph below of several members of their family with a steam crane at one of the quarries. 

A steam crane at one of the quarries on Stanton Moor Continue reading

Walk report: Castleton, Pindale and Dirtlow Rake

The group of 15 set off from Castleton to Odin mine sough tail, Trickett Bridge.
The stream bed here is stained orange due to iron in the shale the sough runs through. The valley bottom is mostly of shale with the reef limestone rising up to form Treak Cliff and Long Cliff.

A strong flow of water was rising at our next stop, Russet well, this was formerly a main source of Castleton’s water supply.  The well helps drain the Peak to Speedwell cave system, of which the large natural shaft, Titan, is a part. Continue reading

Stanton Moor Quarries – A Guided Heritage Walk

Sunday October 29th 2017, starting at 10.30am.

Leader: Chris James. Contact him at at meets@pdmhs.com or on 01246 208656.

Meet in the (free!) public car park at Birchover, just opposite the entrance to Birchover Quarry (OS grid ref. SK242625).

A free circular walk over 4 miles to look at some of the industrial and archaeological heritage of Stanton Moor. All welcome, but dogs must be kept on a lead because of grazing sheep. Continue reading