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).

Online newsletters

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 Members Content menu.

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

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 pdmhs-announce+subscribe@googlegroups.com.
  • 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.

Email problems: update, 18 July 2020

There were reports of problems with email to addresses at pdmhs.com being rejected in recent days.

We believe the issue has been resolved but if an email you sent any time over the last 2 weeks has not elicited the expected  response please re-send it.  If you receive any kind of error message please let us know using an alternative channel of communication, see the contact page.

Newsletter 175 July 2020

The July newsletter is now available in the Members area of the website.

Please note that due to circumstances beyond our control, we will not be able to email this out as usual – please see page 12.

All members will receive the paper newsletter, including those who have opted for the e-newsletter only. We hope that things will be back to normal for the October newsletter.