May 23rd – Mining and Archaeology Walk to Rainster Rocks, near Brassington

Tuesday May 23rd 2017. Meet at 7.00pm.

Leaders: Richard Finnigan and Chris James. Contact them at meets@pdmhs.com.

No prior booking required – all welcome. Meet at 7.00pm in the lay-by at the sharp corner on Pasture Lane where the Limestone Way leaves the road (grid ref: SK222544).

A short walk of no more than 2 miles around a little-known outcrop of dolomitic limestone which will involve one reasonably steep slope (down Rainster Rocks themselves). It should be fairly easy walking, and well drained – but watch out for the nettles, which are notoriously vicious here! Wear shorts at your own peril! We will also be walking over sheep pasture, so dogs must be kept on leads. Continue reading

May 7th – Lead Mining Heritage Walk: Castleton and Mam Tor

Sunday May 7th 2017. Meet at 10.00am.

Leaders: Phil Wolstenholme and David Wormsley. Contact David on 07955 688017 or at meets@pdmhs.com.

No pre-booking required – everyone welcome.

A 4 1/2mile walk starting at 10.00am from the Pay & Display Car Park in Castleton (next to the Tourist Information Centre). We will first visit the tail of Odin Sough, then head up to the Odin Mine itself to view the entrances and the crushing circle. From there, we will climb up Odin Gorge to the Blue John Cavern, then to Mam Tor to see Mam Engine Shaft. Descending towards the head of Winnats Pass, we will visit Windy Knoll Cave and the nearby quarry, before crossing to Rowter Farm and New Rake, then down past Hurdlow Barn (pictured below) to the top of Cave Dale, and then down the dale back to Castleton. Continue reading

May 9th – Mining Heritage Walk in Millers Dale

Tuesday May 9th 2017. Meet at 7.00pm.

Leader: Alan Keen. Contact him on 07967 979081 or email him at meets@pdmhs.com.

Meet at 7.00pm in Millers Dale Station car park (SK17 8SN).

A walk around the Millers Dale area with a former National Park ranger looking at the mining remains. Some short steep hills and it may be muddy in parts if it’s been raining.
No prior booking required – all welcome. 

April 23rd – Geology Walk: The Castleton Area

Sunday April 23rd 2017. Meet at 10.30am.

Leader: Steve Conquest. Contact him at steve@conquest10.plus.com

Meet at 10.30am at Mam Tor National Trust car park (pay & display) upper level (a limited amount of free roadside parking is also available). Grid Ref: SK124833 OS Explorer 01 Dark Peak. Party size is limited to 15 – booking essential.

A walk of approx. 5/6 miles around the head of the Hope Valley, Castleton and Mam Tor to view the geology of the area. It is all on public footpaths, but includes grassy as well as steep rocky ascents and descents and probably a fair amount of mud.

Toilets and resources in Castleton (which we pass through). Bring a packed lunch.

Mining and Archaeology Walk Around Bradwell

Sunday February 26th 2017. Meet at 1.15pm.

Walk leader: Chris Furness.

A short (2 miles) circular Sunday afternoon walk, mostly on footpaths. The route is packed with places of interest. No prior booking required – all welcome.

We will meet at 1.15 pm in the car park of Brough Mill Shop (closed on Sundays, but we have special permission to park there) – postcode S33 9NG for sat-navs. See on Google Maps

From there, we will catch the bus at 1.30pm to go to the top end of Bradwell (fare approx. £1.00 for those without bus passes).

We will start by visiting the Dale End smelter site, precipitation tunnels and water turbine draught pipe remains. Then on to Hazlebadge Liberty to view sites of veins, shafts and soughs. Also the burial mounds containing cists of the Celtic bronze/iron age beaker people, who may have been the first lead miners in the area.

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