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.



“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).

Jim Rieuwerts

It is with great sadness that we have to report that Jim Rieuwerts passed away on Thursday 5 November. Jim was one of the three who arranged the 1959 public meeting that resulted in the foundation of PDMHS. In the years that followed Jim researched the mines of the Peak extensively, publishing the results of this work as widely as possible and becoming recognised as the leading authority on Peak District mining history. He was for many years a member of the Barmote Court jury, and had long been the jury foreman due to his expertise in the intricacies of Peak mining law. Our thoughts are with his family at this time.

We are compiling an obituary for the next Newsletter, please send any memories of Jim to by the 20th November.

2020 AGM postponed

With the Government announcement that England would go into four weeks’ full lockdown with effect from Thursday 5th November,  we will not be able to hold the AGM as planned. Where those who had applied for tickets should by now have received an e-mail to this effect so that they can start cancelling any travel or accommodation arrangements in good time.

Improved communications

We have created two new communications channels for members, full details can be found in the Members Only area (see “Improved Communications” in the “Members Content” menu) and in the latest newsletter.

PDMHS Announce will be used for simple and infrequent announcements relating to official PDMHS activities by email. It is open to members and non-members. To sign up

  • Send an empty email to
  • Reply to the confirmation mail (check your spam/junk folder if you don’t receive this within a few minutes). Don’t click the “Join This Group” link.
  • You should then receive an acknowledgement.

PDMHS Field Chat is a members-only place for group discussion and communications about mining history.