Underground mine trips restarted

As members will be aware, PDMHS had to temporarily suspend underground trips last year because our existing insurance was not providing sufficient cover for underground activities. PDMHS needs more people to help us record, survey, and preserve the underground heritage of Derbyshire’s mines, so the solution we have decided on is the formation of an autonomous group within PDMHS. It will be called the Underground Exploration Group (UEG), and will apply for member club status with the British Caving Association and take part in the BCA Public Liability Insurance scheme. Continue reading

Underground Trip – Milldam Fluorspar Mine, Great Hucklow.

Saturday 17th March 2018 (date to be confirmed). Meeting arrangements will be supplied when booking your place(s).

Milldam Mine - the last working fluorspar mine in Derbyshire. Photo © Chris James

The last PDMHS visit into Milldam Mine in November 2016

Organiser: Paul Chandler.

A second opportunity for Society members to visit this, the last working fluorspar mine in Derbyshire. We will be able to see the progress made since our previous visit in November 2016. Just the one trip this time – a morning visit – which will last around two hours. We will be walking around the mine, so no crawling involved! Photography is allowed, so bring a camera if you wish, but please don’t post any pictures on social media. 
There are 20 places available on a members-only basis (10 places allocated to PDMHS members & 10 for Masson Caving Group members). To book your place(s), contact Paul, either by email at meets@pdmhs.com or tel: 01246-220773. 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. Sorry, this is a members-only trip – no guests allowed. As our visit will be covered by the company’s insurance, the minimum age limit is fifteen years, but there is no upper age limit.
Wear overalls/old clothes and wellies (it will be wet underfoot in places), a helmet and a hi-vis jacket/vest (if you have one). Lamps & self-rescuers will be supplied, though if you have your own belt for the lamp & self-rescuer that might be useful.
Many thanks to Richard at British Fluorspar Limited for arranging the visit.   

Goodluck Mine – Underground Mine Trip

Sunday 5th November 2017. Meet 9.45am for 10.00am start.
Leader: Paul Chandler(GLMPC/PDMHS).  
Meet in the layby below the mine spoil tip in the Via Gellia on the A5012 (grid ref SK 269566). If the layby is full, further parking is available in the next layby up the Via Gellia (heading west), approx 0.5 mile away. A map showing the layby can be seen here.   

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Holme Bank Chert Mine cleanup

In June, It was reported that vandals had gone into Holme Bank chert mine at Bakewell, and sprayed graffiti right through the workings. This mine has a particular place in the hearts of many PDMHS members, as it has been the subject of numerous underground trips over the years. So at the end of August, Paul Chandler arranged a cleanup session, and a joint working party of PDMHS and Masson Caving Group members spent an evening in there getting rid of as much of the graffiti as we could. Continue reading

April 25th – Underground Trip to Brightgate Cave, Bonsall Moor

Tuesday April 25th 2017. Meet at 7.00pm.

Organiser: Paul Chandler.

Grade: Moderate. No ladder or ropework. 

Meet at 7.00pm. To book your place or for details of where to meet, contact Paul Chandler on 01246 220773 or email him at: meets@pdmhs.comParty size is limited. 

An unusual and quite complex cave system, which is also compact. It has been visited by lead miners via a now lost entrance. A fun, sporting, dry trip. The entrance passage is awkward and contains two squeezes. Note of caution: the first squeeze is short, but tight! Worth taking a camera for the fine 18th century, smoked miners inscriptions!

Reference: Caves of the Peak District – The Derwent South (Matlock) Catchment area (2010 Edition).

A Masson Caving Group trip – PDMHS members welcome