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

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.

We will be looking at lead mining remains including the Throstle Nest Datestone (dated 1760) next to an old mine shaft, and some opencast workings with a possible buddle. We will also look at the extensive medieval ridge and furrow remains, and the site of the Romano-British settlement (which is a Scheduled Ancient Monument) – including orthostatic field walls, terraces and house platforms. A lovely area which is at its absolute best when the hawthorn is in blossom!

Optional food and drink at pub in Brassington afterwards.