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).

AGM 13 Nov 2021

The Annual General Meeting of the Peak District Mines Historical Society Ltd. will be held on Saturday 13th November 2021 at the Peak District Lead Mining Museum, The Grand Pavilion, Matlock Bath, Derbyshire. The meeting will commence at 11.10am, or as soon thereafter as the forty-sixth Annual General Meeting has been concluded. The Agenda, the Report of the Directors and the Accounts will be distributed at the start of the meeting.
We are asking everyone who wishes to attend the AGM to apply in advance for an admission ticket.
Buffet Lunch & Afternoon Talks
The AGM will be followed by a hot buffet lunch, the price of the buffet will be £18.00 per person. If you wish to join us for lunch, you MUST book before 30th October 2021.
Tea and coffee will be available throughout the day.
In the afternoon there will be a series of talks with a mining theme, details of which are still being finalised. Please check back here for updates.

Online newsletters – October 2021 edition is published

The October 2021 edition of the newsletter is now available from the Members Content area and should arrive by post within the next few days. The next edition is due out in January and contributions are solicited by the first day of December.

We aim to add the latest newsletter to the website at the same time printed copies are distributed.  The link to all newsletters can be found in the Members Content area.

The printed newsletter is monochrome, in recent online copies photos are reproduced in full colour. 

DCA training

Derbyshire Caving Assn. are holding a series of training sessions which might be of interest to members. 
Introduction to SRT 3rd October 
Dry stone walling workshop 16th October 
Cave photography workshop  24th October 
Weather and cave flooding workshop 30th October
Exploring abandoned mines 6th November 
SRT rigging workshop 7th November
SRT Master class workshop 13th November 
SRT self rescue workshop 13th November 
Introduction to coaching workshop  28th November 
SRT Master class workshop 5th December 
Mountain navigation workshop 19th December 
Introduction to cave formation and development workshop  8th January 
Underground navigation workshop 9th January
Cave geology workshop  date tbc
Tyrolean  workshop  date tbc