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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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. 

The 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 James at meets@pdmhs.com

Sunday 11 February – Underground trip into Mouldridge Mine, Pikehall

An easy daytime trip to this popular mine with plenty to see, suitable for complete novices.  The trip is limited to 8 places. Further details about our underground trips can be found here.

 
Organiser: Paul Chandler. 
A short, easy walk lasting about 2 hours led by Paul Guion (East Midlands Geological Society) to look at a very important geological site, and the site of a former Derbyshire coal mining village that was “moved” in the 1990s. Only one place still available.
Meeting arrangements will be supplied when booking your place(s). Booking is essential as this walk is limited to 20 places – so please book early! Contact Paul, either by email at meets@pdmhs.com or tel: 01246-220773. 
 

This evening trip will visit one of the less well-known and consequently seldom-visited Via Gellia mines. It is suitable for novices but involves a short section of flat-out crawling to access the pipe workings. The trip is limited to 6 places. Further details about our underground trips can be found here

Organiser: Paul Chandler. Fully booked.
A walking trip (no crawling involved) lasting about 2 hours into the last working fluorspar mine in Derbyshire. Meeting arrangements will be supplied when booking your place(s). Booking is essential as the trip is limited to only ten PDMHS members (sorry, no guests). Preference will be given to Society members who have not visited before, but please book early! If over-subscribed, you will be added to a reserve list. Contact Paul, either by email at  meets@pdmhs.com or tel: 01246-220773. 
 

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