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).

URGENT: UEG Old Tor and Longcliffe trips date changes

Due to a problem with access the Old Tor trip planned for 24 Sept 2019 has had to be postponed to 22 October. Consequently the Longcliffe trip advertised for 22 Oct needs to be postponed too, date to be confirmed.

Note that PDMHS-UEG (Underground Exploration Group) trips are limited to UEG members only.  PDMHS members can join the UEG for no charge but they must have BCA underground insurance which can be purchased from the UEG (but if you already have BCA insurance, perhaps as a member of a caving club, that’s fine).  More about UEG here.


EMHERF archaeological conference 5 Oct 2019, Nottingham

There is a one-day archaeological conference being held at Nottingham University on Saturday 5 October which may be of interest to Society members. Its theme is recent research work which is advancing the objectives of the East Midlands Historic Environment Research Framework (EMHERF), in particular one of the afternoon talks focuses on the  lead industry but there are others with an industrial archaeological theme. Tickets cost £20 for the day, bookings can be made through or by cheque with the booking form on this flyer.