Peak District Mining Heritage Walks and Underground Mine Trips

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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 meets@pdmhs.com. 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 meets@pdmhs.com

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.

 


 

“NEW YEARS DAY” – Wednesday 1st January 2020 – Heritage Walk: Hayfield to New Mills.

Buxworth & New Mills walk © Paul ChandlerLeader: Paul Chandler.

Meet in Hayfield village, Old Railway Station car park (P&D) – NGR SK 0359 8693. Mid morning start – exact time will be given when you book your place.

A refreshing way to start a new year with a leisurely, interesting walk, including an old railway, geology, coal mining, a canal & more. Distance: 7.29 miles.

Walk route: Starting from Hayfield, we will follow the old Hayfield to New Mills branch line, now the Sett Valley Trail (SVT). We will then visit the spectacular Torrs Gorge, the impressive Millennium Walkway, past a sweets factory!, the Peak Forest Canal (briefly), before returning to the Torrs Gorge and back along the SVT to Hayfield.

Walk notes: An easy, mostly flat walk on footpaths, trail walking, short road sections, canal towpath, some steps.

Bring usual walking equipment and packed lunch & drink. Don’t forget your Smartphone/Camera. Suitable for dogs on short leads. All welcome!

Limited places – To book your place(s) and for the exact meeting time, contact Paul Chandler, either by email or phone: 07908-607513 (text is best).

Newsletter 175 July 2020

The July newsletter is now available in the Members area of the website.

Please note that due to circumstances beyond our control, we will not be able to email this out as usual – please see page 12.

All members will receive the paper newsletter, including those who have opted for the e-newsletter only. We hope that things will be back to normal for the October newsletter.

Steve Thompson

26 April 2020: We have just heard the sad news that Steve Thompson died a few days ago.  He will be very much missed as one of the mainstays of PDMHS, as a friend and for his enthusiasm. Steve has been a very long term member of PDMHS and for many years has also been the Company Secretary as well as constructing newsletters and the PDMHS Bulletin. We are putting together an obituary with memories of Steve – if you would like to contribute anything please email Adam at conservation@pdmhs.com 

Meets and Events

Please note that due to Covid-19 the following Events and Meets have been POSTPONED until further notice:

  • All Talks and Exhibitions at the Peak District Lead Mining Museum.
  • The East Midlands Industrial Archaeology Conference (EMIAC) on Saturday the 2nd of May 2020.
  • The Underground Exploration Group (UEG) Underground Trip to Merry Tom Mine, Via Gellia on Tuesday the 28th of April 2020.
  • The UEG Underground Trip to West Mine, Alderley Edge, on Saturday the 16th of May 2020.
  • The Evening Walk to Bonsall Lees scheduled for Tuesday the 19th of May 2020 will not be going ahead and will be rescheduled for next year 
  • The planned UEG meets at Merlin Mine and Old Gells Spar Mine have been postponed and provisional dates for July/August are under consideration; details will be in the next Newsletter.

Publications:

The team who distribute your Society publications have worked hard this week to get the latest Mining History and Newsletter to you, for three reasons:

  1. To avoid the postage increase of about 8% which is effective from Monday the 23rd of March.
  2. To effect distribution whilst we are still able to get about, and
  3. To provide you with some reading material during this difficult time!