Peak District Mining Heritage Walks for September and October


Here are the guided walks we currently have planned for the next few months in the Peak District. Do keep checking back here, as more walks may well be added to the list.

All of these walks are free, and open to all – whether you are a PDMHS member or not. No booking is required to come on any these walks – just turn up on the day. However, if you are planning on attending with a large number of friends, it would be worth checking with us about car parking availability. As all of these walks are weather-dependent, it is also worth checking back here for any changes or cancellations before setting out.

Unfortunately, we still cannot organise any underground trips because the Society has not got insurance cover. We hope to restart underground mine trips once that situation has been resolved.

If you want to find out more information about our guided industrial heritage walks, contact Chris James on 01246 208656, or email him at

Sunday September 24th – Coal Mines on Stanage Edge

Leader: John Barnatt. Contact John at

Meet at 10.30am at the car park below Stanage Edge at the north-western end of the road that runs below the edge, next to Dennis Knoll plantation (SK 228 844). Walking boots necessary.

A full day’s guided walk on the Eastern Moors looking at coal mining remains, a limekiln and a smelt mill. More details can be seen here.

Friday September 29th – Barmote Court Walk, Monyash

Leader: Adam Russell. Contact Adam at

Meet at the village cross in the centre of Monyash at 10.30am. The adjacent Smithy Cafe will be open from 9.30am for anyone wanting a good breakfast before setting out.

To mark the date of the Autumn High Peak Barmote Court, this 6-mile guided walk will visit a number of sites in the Monyash area with a general theme of lead mining law and disputes. Afterwards, there will be the option to visit the Bulls Head Inn, the traditional venue for the High Peak Court, and – in keeping with tradition – “partake of ale”. Bring a packed lunch.

Sunday, October 15th – Lead mining remains in the Castleton, Pindale and Dirtlow Rake area.

Leader: David Wormsley. Contact David on 07955 688017 or at

Meet at 10.00am in the pay & display car park in Castleton (next to the Tourist Information Centre) – Grid Reference SK149830.

An easy grade 5 mile walk looking at some of the lead mining remains in Pindale and along Dirtlow Rake. Full details can be seen here.

The Mining Heritage of Castleton, Pindale and Dirtlow Rake

Sunday, October 15th 2017, starting at 10.00am.

Leader: David Wormsley. Contact David on 07955 688017 or at

Meet in the pay & display car park in Castleton (next to the Tourist Information Centre) – Grid Reference SK149830.

A free guided walk walk over 5 miles looking at some of the lead mining heritage of the area. Continue reading

Magpie Mine Heritage Open Day 2017 success

Our Heritage Open Day at Magpie Mine has now become a well-established annual event, and this year’s event on Sunday September 10th was the most successful yet. Despite the cold and wet weather (which could have been an excuse for anybody to stop at home and not venture out), we attracted over 340 visitors – an increase of 50% over last year’s record turn-out. Continue reading

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

Peak District Heritage Talks

A series of illustrated talks is being held this autumn and winter at the Peak District Mining Museum in Matlock Bath. All the talks begin at 7.30pm.

Tuesday September 12th – The Geology of Matlock Bath. To start the series, Dr. Lynn Willies will be explaining the geology of the Matlock area. The talk is aimed at a beginner/refresher level and includes pictures from both the surface and underground. Geological samples will be available for you to see and handle.

Tuesday October 10th – Images of Matlock Bath, Matlock and Cromford. An illustrated talk by Glynn Waite sharing some of the images of old Matlock Bath, Matlock & Cromford.

Tuesday November 14th – The Role Derbyshire Played in the National Commemoration of World War One. Why is an untidy gravestone in Carsington Churchyard connected with the Unknown Warrior in Westminster Abbey and what has Kedleston Hall got to do with the Annual Remembrance Service at the Cenotaph in Whitehall? How is Middleton linked for ever with over 200,000 of the British Empire’s war dead? These are some the questions which will be answered by Charles Beresford in his talk entitled “The Forgotten Story of Derbyshire’s Major Role in the Nation’s Commemoration of the Great War”.

Tuesday December 5th – Matlock Bath as a Spa with Doreen Buxton.

Tuesday January 9th 2018 – The Quarries of Wirksworth with Tony Holmes.

Tickets are £6 each (or £5 for members of PDMHS or Friends of the Pavillion). Half price for under 18s. Tea & cake in the interval are included in the price!
Tickets can be bought in advance or on the night from the Peak District Lead Mining Museum (subject to availability). Phone 01629 583834 to reserve tickets. See here for further details of the location and for directions.

These events are wheelchair accessible.

These are joint fund raising events for the Peak District Lead Mining Museum and The Matlock Bath Heritage Group.