Peak District Mining Heritage Walks, Field Meets, and Underground Mine Trips

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Here are the guided walks, field meets, 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. Walks/meets are organised by the Society, the Museum, and by the Underground Exploration group, with slightly different logistical arrangements: see below.

If you want to find out more information about any of our guided mining and industrial heritage walks, contact Adam at meets@pdmhs.com.

The schedules will usually be updated quarterly, when each newsletter is published.

Online calendars are now available:
https://tinyurl.com/pdmhs-meets-webcal
https://tinyurl.com/pdmhs-meets-ical

Mining Museum Heritage Walks

Sturdy footwear and waterproofs recommended. A charge of £3 is made (both for PDMHS members and non-members) which goes towards the running costs of the museum. Walks are open for anyone to join and well behaved dogs on leads welcome.

Booking should be via the Museum; please refer to the mining museum website and facebook page.

Wednesday Evening Walks

17th July – Bonsall Moor’s Scheduled Monuments. Meet 6.30pm at the Lorry Park, Bonsall.

21st August – The Crich Mines. Meet 6.30pm outside the Cliff Inn, Crich.

Special Sunday Walks

25th August – Steeple Grange, Wirksworth. Meet at 11am at the National Stone Centre.

Heritage Open Days

For both Open Days, further information can be found by searching for “Magpie” or “Ecton” at: https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/visiting

PDMHS members Field Meetings

Many walks/meets organised by PDMHS are free, and are open to all (not just PDMHS members, although you might like to join PDMHS.). However, pre-booking is required when walks are limited to a certain number of people, and contacting us in advance is recommended.

The format of some Society Field Meetings will sometimes be very similar to Museum Heritage Walks, but we might spend a little longer discussing interpretation, and participants other than the leader are likely to chip in their knowledge, as well as asking questions. Society Field Meetings are definitely not “just for experts”, and any meets which involve more than walking around on the surface looking at the remaining features and learning about the history will be clearly indicated as such.

As the walks are weather-dependent, changes due to weather conditions will also be posted on the website; it is advisable to check back here before you set out.

Goyts Moss and Castids Common Collieries

Tuesday 9th July. Leader: Adam Cooper.

Meet at the Derbyshire Bridge car park, SK 0185 7158 at 7pm.

This area, by the side of the 1759 Buxton to Macclesfield Turnpike road at the head of the Goyt Valley was the site of working the Yard Coal, known locally as Goyt Coal, from at least the middle of the 17th century until 1893. In the latter phase, coal was taken out by an extension of a tunnel (the Burbage Upper Level, on the Buxton side of the hill) which had formerly been driven to work Ringinglow Coal at Burbage Colliery.

There is some evidence of early exploitation in the form of collapsed shallow workings while an abundance of causeways, some of which provide evidence for the sequence of pit sinking, and horse gin circle mounds are from later periods. A substantial mound of driving waste can be seen, marking the route of the extended Burbage Upper Level. There is also a sough to see, and a group of crown holes where the roof of shallow workings has collapsed to leave a set of depressions.

The trip is likely to take about 3 hours and involve 3 miles walking.

Brassington

Monday 22nd July. Leader: Jim Riding.

Meet at 7pm at the Miners Arms in Brassington.

Jim’s tour of Brassington will last around 1½ hours.

Underground Exploration Group

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. Meeting times/places for UEG meets may be found in the members’ newsletter or by contacting the UEG.

You can contact the UEG here.

Ible Adit, Via Gellia

Sunday 21st July. Leader: Martin Long.

Meet at 10.30am at the Wood Lane/A5012 junction, SK 2533 5663.

The full extent of this adit will be explored, along with others in the locality.

Generally dry, some climbing may be involved so a belay belt is advisable.

Neptune Mine & Wardlow Sough, Cressbrook Dale

Saturday 17th August. Leader: Sean Caley.

Meet at 10.30am at the Village Cross, Litton,
SK 1632 7516.

Cowstail and belay belt required for Neptune Mine, wet gear (depending on recent weather) for Wardlow Sough.

Lathkill Dale Rummage

Sunday 22nd September. Leader: Shirley Burtonshaw.

Meet at 10.30am at Over Haddon car park,
SK 2032 6644.

We will visit several small adits along the dale, knee pads recommended.

Nickergrove Mine, Stoney Middleton

Wednesday 2nd October. Leader: Sean Caley.

Meet at 6.45pm at the Lovers Leap layby,
SK 2267 7560.

Easy SRT through-trip (if time permits). Limited places.


Updated: Adam Cooper, June 16th 2024

Mining History Volumes 19 and 20 Now Available Online

Papers from volumes 19 and 20 have now been uploaded and can be searched by title.

The added papers are:

  • The Geological Setting of the Old Lead Mines of Ashover and Crich, Derbyshire
  • A Gazetteer and History of the Lead Mines within the Liberty of Tideswell, Derbyshire: 1189-1945
  • Letter to the Editor – Manganese Mining at Nuneaton
  • The Mines of Middleton Flats
  • Derbyshire Roman Lead Pigs and ‘Lutudarum’
  • Coal Mining near Buxton: Thatch Marsh, Orchard Common and Goyt’s Moss
  • Managing the Environmental Legacies of Frongoch Lead and Zinc Mine
  • The Monks Who Mined?
  • New investigations and new ideas on Prehistoric-Roman metal mining and smelting in Wales
  • Silver in Queensland: The Problem of Ore Processing
  • Lead Mining Landscapes of Southern Spain
  • Medieval mining in Saxony – Selected Results from Excavations of High Medieval Silver Mines in Dippoldiswalde and Niederpöbel
  • EXCAVATIONS AT PITCHCROFT LIMESTONE MINE, CHURCH ASTON
  • Penmaenmawr Quarries
  • Lead and Zinc mining in Flintshire – the engineering legacy for new development
  • The Neston Coalfield
  • Management of the Mining Heritage on Mynydd Parys
  • Coal Mining on the Peak District’s Eastern Uplands during the 16th to Early-20th Centuries
  • A 13th Century Mining Dispute in the Central Orefields
  • A History and Gazetteer of the Lead Mines within the Private Liberty or Lordship of Hazlebadge, Derbyshire: 1292-1947
  • The 1788 Boulton and Watt Engine House at Ecton: Archaeological Excavations 2012-14
  • Quarrying Chert at Bakewell: A Detailed Archaeological Survey of Pretoria Mine and Observations on Holme Bank, Holme Hall and Endcliffe Mines
  • Index to Mining History – Vol. 19 Nos. 1-6
  • Mining a Globalized World – Local Impacts and International Linkages of the British Exploitation of the Cerro Muriano Mine (Spain, 1897-1919)
  • The Ecton Mines 1880s Dressing Shed Archaeological Evaluation Excavations – November-December 2015
  • Clear The Way or Black Hillock Mine, Tideswell Moor, Derbyshire: c. 1711 – 1940s
  • Ancient Mining Features in the Wigpool Iron Ore Mine, Forest Of Dean, Gloucestershire
  • Watergrove Mine, Foolow, Derbyshire: Excavating a 1794-95 Newcomen Engine House and a History of the Mine
  • The Daisy Knowl Underground Stone Quarry, Longnor, Staffordshire
  • Quarrying Black Marble at Ashford: A Detailed Archaeological Survey of Rookery and Arrock Mines, with an Outline History of Extraction
  • Mandale Mine, Lathkill Dale, Over Haddon, Derbyshire: Survey and Interpretation
  • A History and Gazetteer of the Lead Mines upon Eyam Edge, Derbyshire: 1711-1940
  • Coal Mining Near Buxton: Dane, Blackclough and Knotbury Collieries
  • A Smelting Miscellany No. 4 Sargill Lead Smelting Mill and the Development of the Ore Hearth
  • The Coal Mines of Bugsworth, Beard and Ollersett Moors
  • The Re-opening of Longcliffe Mine, Castleton
  • Longcliffe Mine, Castleton Liberty The Recorded History
  • Maps and Sections of a Silver-Lead Mine at Combe Martin, Devon
  • Excavations at Watts Shaft, Old Mill Close Mine, 1973-1981
  • A History and Gazetteer of the Lead Mines around the Village Of Eyam. 1587 – 1988
  • The Restoration of the Deep Ecton Level Entrance in October to November 2018

Members can also access volume 21 from the Members’ Site.

 

Heritage Open Day 10 Sept 2023

PDMHS hosts free guided tours at Magpie Mine during the annual UK Heritage Open Days. No need to book, just turn up. The event is usually very well attended and parking space is limited, however the site is on several footpaths so why not park nearby and enjoy a short stroll through the fields. It’s easy to find: two tall chimneys!
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Heritage Open Day website posting for the Magpie Mine event
It’s a busy day and PDMHS members are welcome to come along to help, not just on the day but before and after for set-up and tidy-up.

Caving films screening

There is an upcoming event which may be of interest as some PDMHS members are also cavers.

2-3 September 2022: “Spirit Of Adventure” at Sheffield Cathedral. 

The caving specific features are 

The Ario Dream: The Quest for Europe’s Deepest Cave trailer

THE RESCUE  the enthralling, against-all-odds story of the daring rescue of twelve boys and their coach from deep inside a flooded cave in Northern Thailand in 2018. British cave divers played the leading role in the rescue. Trailer

The Honour Of Being Human audio story and caving exhibit

Museum developments

We are exploring the opportunity to relocate the museum to National Stone Centre near Wirksworth.  This will be a new-build project to create a world class visitor experience and an internationally significant centre of excellence for the quarrying and mineral products industry on the existing site. The NSC merged with IQ, the Institute of Quarrying, in 2021.   

The Museum is very highly rated on TripAdvisor as a visitor attraction and the new build will include space designed to accommodate the Mining Museum collection.

The NSC site is a 40-acre SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest).  Visitor features include a half mile self guided outdoor Geo-Trail through the disused limestone quarries whose rocks once formed part of a tropical island with shallow lagoons, barrier reefs and white sand beaches! These rocks are packed with fossils including corals, brachiopods and crinoids.

Follow the ongoing progress on the Museum web site Developments pages