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

Mining Heritage Walk – Castleton, Pindale and Dirtlow Rake

Sunday, October 15th 2017, starting at 10.00am.

Leader: David Wormsley. Contact David on 07955 688017 or at meets@pdmhs.com.

Meet in the pay & display car park in Castleton (next to the Tourist Information Centre) – Grid Reference SK149830.

A free guided walk walk over 5 miles looking at some of the lead mining heritage of the area. Continue reading

Stanage Edge Industrial Heritage Walk Report

Stanage Edge is probably best known these days as one of the top spots in the Peak District for rock climbing, and many of the thousands of people who come here think of it as an example of unspoilt wilderness. Last Sunday, however, archaeologist John Barnatt led a walk to look at some of the less well known industrial heritage of the area, and show some of the ways in which people have influenced this landscape. Continue reading

September 24th. Mining Heritage Walk – Stanage Edge.

Sunday, September 24th 2017, starting at 10.30am.

This walk has now taken place, and you can see a report of it here.

Leader: John Barnatt. Contact John at meets@pdmhs.com.

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.