Here are the guided walks 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Our 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.
Insurance is compulsory for those going on underground trips. The PDMHS UEG (Underground Exploration Group) can arrange this if you don’t already hold BCA insurance. You can contact the UEG here.
If you want to find out more information about any of our guided mining and industrial heritage walks, contact Chris at email@example.com
Wednesday May 22nd – Industrial Heritage walk through Froggatt Wood to Froggatt Edge
Leader – Chris James
An evening walk of about 3 miles length to look at a beautiful little lead smelter in Froggatt Wood, plus a very fine millstone quarry on Froggatt Edge.
Prior booking is essential for this walk. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to book your place and for details of the meeting point.
We will meet at 7.00pm and first descend through Hay Wood (where the bluebells are still looking fantastic) on good paths – with one boggy section – to look at the early (C16 or 17th) lead smelter. The site is looking particularly good at the moment, as some scrub clearance has recently been carried out around it, allowing all of the features to be clearly seen. There are the remains of several small buildings, including the one which contained the waterwheel fed by a lovely gritstone channel from the stream above. It is a scheduled monument, and the listing for it states: “The Froggatt Wood smelt mill is one of the very few 16th-17th century smelt mills in England to retain any standing structures. The water channel and wood-drying kiln are unique within the lead industry, and the survival of an undisturbed complex of this date, with a wide range of features, is very rare”.
From there, we will follow an old packhorse road (with sections of original gritstone paving) to Froggatt village. There will then be a fairly steep (in parts) climb of about 300ft up to Froggatt Edge, where we will emerge at one of the finest millstone quarries in the area. In addition to the numerous millstones, there are several inscriptions in the rock face itself – with the oldest being dated 1622. On the top of the Edge above the quarry, there are some very finely carved C19th inscriptions in the rock, plus other quarrying features. After inspecting those, it is a relatively level 1 mile walk along Froggatt Edge back to our starting point. On the way, we will pass Stoke Flat stone circle, and probably hear a cuckoo or two. If the weather is clear, there will be great views along the Derwent Valley towards sunset time.
The walk involves a descent of about 300ft on good paths from the starting point to the lowest point of the walk near the lead smelter, then 300ft of ascent back up onto Froggatt Edge itself. The ascent is also on good paths, and is in two sections – with a flat section along the hillside between to allow us to get our breath back.
The walk is free and open to everyone (not just PDMHS embers).
Optional drink at the Grouse Inn afterwards.
Leader: Paul Chandler.
Advance Notice – trip to Zip World Titan, Blaenau Ffestiniog – Interested?
Sit back and zip away as you and your friends fly down Europe’s largest zipping zone! Take flight on 3 exhilarating zip lines and soak up the amazing quarry views during the experience of a lifetime (Info from website). SUMMER Availability April – October. How many Zips? 3. How far? 1890m. Starting height 482m above sea level. Duration 2 hours. Cost? £50. WINTER Opening – £30, but only two Zips. Note: VELOCITY 2 is the scary/fast ZIP at Penrhyn Quarry, North Wales.
Here are some photos from PDMHS member Rob who went on the underground zip-wire trip in 2015 and reports it as well worthwhile (and safe!).
Organiser: Paul Chandler – It is intended that TITAN will form part of a walking/adventure weekend, I am planning in North Wales, possibly in May 2019. If interested, please register your interest (without obligation at this stage) with Paul. Email: email@example.com or Tel: 07908-607513 (Mobile/Text is best) / 01246-220773 (Landline).