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).

Peak District SSSI monitoring competition

The monitoring of caves in SSSIs is an important conservation matter.  The relevance to PDMHS is that many mines join natural caverns and some caves have been worked for minerals. To encourage participation a competition has been set up. Monitoring forms in respect of caves in the Peak District SSSIs will be entered in a prize draw and the winner will receive a £50 Starless River voucher. Full details on the DCA website at Derbyshire Caving Association. – SSSI Competition (thedca.org.uk) .

AGM afternoon presentations

Following the AGM on 13th November as has been past practise, we have some presentations after lunch. This year these will be:

  • John Hunter: Hemingfield Colliery (Elsecar) – the current status of site, conservation and historical research. (30 mins)
  • Lynn Willies: Chance Mine – following the loss of 5000 tonnes of stone in a quarry blast we were asked to investigate close-by mine workings which turned out to be particularly interesting. (30 mins).
  • Paul Smith: Wheal Vor Ltd: The electrical years 1906-1910 – the trials & tribulations of draining and re-opening an extensive, deep and wet tin mine in Cornwall, using early electrically powered pumps
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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:

  • John Hunter: Hemingfield Colliery (Elsecar) – the current status of site, conservation and historical research. (30 mins)
  • Lynn Willies: Chance Mine – following the loss of 5000 tonnes of stone in a quarry blast we were asked to investigate close-by mine workings which turned out to be particularly interesting. (30 mins).
  • Paul Smith: Wheal Vor Ltd: The electrical years 1906-1910 – the trials & tribulations of draining and re-opening an extensive, deep and wet tin mine in Cornwall, using early electrically powered pumps
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BCRA CAVE SCIENCE SYMPOSIUM

The British Cave Research Association is holding its Cave Science Symposium in our area at Hulland Ward Village Hall (Dog Lane, Hulland Ward, DE6 3EG) on Saturday 27th November 2021.
The event runs from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm.
For BCRA members the BCRA AGM will take place during a break at 12 noon.
The Cave Science Symposium is free and is open to non-members of BCRA.
As well as being a live event the Symposium will also be live-streamed via Zoom.
For the agenda and further information see the websites of The British Caving Association or The British Cave Research Association