Peak District Mining Heritage Walks and Underground Mine Trips


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 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. 

Donate to support the work of Peak District Mines Historical SocietyOur 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 any of our guided mining and industrial heritage walks, contact Chris at

Underground mine trip in Maury Sough © Martin LongOur underground mine trips are organised by the PDMHS UEG (Underground Exploration Group), which is free to join for PDMHS members. Insurance is compulsory for those going on underground trips, but the UEG can arrange this if you don’t already hold BCA insurance. You can contact the UEG here.


Sunday November 3rd – Heritage Walk to The Mills of Slinter Wood, Cromford

Meet at 10.30am in front of the Mill Yard Cafe at Arkwright’s Mill, Mill Lane, Cromford. Please park in the car park next to the mill – the Arkwright Society gets the revenue to help with their work.

Via Gellia Mills © Chris JamesThis is a relatively gentle 3 hour walk  following the Bonsall Brook to mills and mill sites once powered by the Brook processing lead, calamine, corn, cotton, colour and paper. This area is rich in industrial history, and the walk is being led by well-known local historian and author Doreen Buxton. Beginning at Arkwright’s Mill in Cromford, she will take us to see various sites of interest heading up the Via Gellia, visiting the remains of mills in Slinter Wood in Bonsall Hollow as far as the Via Gellia Mills – which gave their name to the fabric Viyella. From there, we will return to Cromford via the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust reserve at Rose End Meadows. The total distance is only about 3 miles, but with so much to see, and Doreen’s extensive knowledge, we will be making plenty of stops along the way!

There will be some road walking involved, but we will mostly be on footpaths. The walk is relatively easy and suitable for anyone who is reasonably fit. The highest point on the walk is only about 300ft above our starting point – most of which is the climb up out of the Via Gellia onto the pastures above. From there, it will be a gradual descent back to our starting point at Cromford. 

This walk is free and open to all. Booking is not essential, but if you register your interest with us, we will be able to contact you directly if the walk has to be cancelled or there are any changes to arrangements due to weather conditions. Given the recent rain, and the fact that we will be walking across uneven ground, walking boots are strongly advised. Please contact us at if you require any further information.

Underground mine trips restarted

As members will be aware, PDMHS had to temporarily suspend underground trips in 2016 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).

Please note: this trip is now fully booked.

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 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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