Peak District Mining Heritage Walks for August and September

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Here are the guided walks we currently have planned for the next few months in the Peak District. Do keep checking back here, as more walks may well be added to the list.

All of these walks are free, and open to all – whether you are a PDMHS member or not. No booking is required to come on any these walks – just turn up on the day. However, if you are planning on attending with a large number of friends, it would be worth checking with us about car parking availability. As all of these walks are weather-dependent, it is also worth checking back here for any changes or cancellations before setting out.

Unfortunately, we still cannot organise any underground trips because the Society has not got insurance cover. We hope to restart underground mine trips once that situation has been resolved.

If you want to find out more information about our guided heritage walks, contact Chris James on 01246 208656, or email him at meets@pdmhs.com

Sunday September 10th – Magpie Mine Heritage Open Day

Magpie Lead Mine, Sheldon © Peak District Mines Historical SocietyAs one of the Derbyshire Heritage Open Day events, there will be free guided tours (lasting around 1 hour) of the buildings and other surface features of this, the last lead mine in Derbyshire to close. The first tour will start at 11.00am, and the last one at 4.00pm. No pre-booking required. Click here for more information.


Sunday September 24th – Coal Mines on Stanage Edge

Leader: John Barnatt. Contact John at meets@pdmhs.com

Meet at 10.30am at the car park below Stanage Edge at the north-western end of the road that runs below the edge, next to Dennis Knoll plantation (SK 228 844). Walking boots necessary.

A full day’s guided walk on the Eastern Moors looking at coal mining remains, a limekiln and a smelt mill. More details can be seen here.


Friday September 29th – Barmote Court Walk, Monyash

Leader: Adam Russell. Contact Adam at meets@pdmhs.com

Meet at the village cross in the centre of Monyash at 10.30am. The adjacent Smithy Cafe will be open from 9.30am for anyone wanting a good breakfast before setting out.

To mark the date of the Autumn High Peak Barmote Court, this 6-mile guided walk will visit a number of sites in the Monyash area with a general theme of lead mining law and disputes. Afterwards, there will be the option to visit the Bulls Head Inn, the traditional venue for the High Peak Court, and – in keeping with tradition – “partake of ale”. Bring a packed lunch.


Magpie Mine Heritage Open Day 2017

Poster for the Derbyshire Heritage Open Day at Magpie Lead Mine, Sheldon, Peak DistrictThe Society is pleased to announce that one of the Heritage Open Day events in the Derbyshire Peak District will be held at the Magpie lead mine, near Sheldon, on Sunday 10th September 2017.
This free event will take place between 11.00am and 5.00pm, with the last tour starting at 4.00pm. No booking required – just turn up on the day.

The day’s events will include:
– free guided tours of the buildings and other surface features of the mine (lasting about 1 hour)
– demonstrations of blacksmith’s skills
– light refreshments including tea and coffee Continue reading

Peak District Heritage Talks

A series of illustrated talks is being held this autumn and winter at the Peak District Mining Museum in Matlock Bath. All the talks begin at 7.30pm.

Tuesday September 12th – The Geology of Matlock Bath. To start the series, Dr. Lynn Willies will be explaining the geology of the Matlock area. The talk is aimed at a beginner/refresher level and includes pictures from both the surface and underground. Geological samples will be available for you to see and handle.

Tuesday October 10th – Images of Matlock Bath, Matlock and Cromford. An illustrated talk by Glynn Waite sharing some of the images of old Matlock Bath, Matlock & Cromford.

Tuesday November 14th – The Role Derbyshire Played in the National Commemoration of World War One. Why is an untidy gravestone in Carsington Churchyard connected with the Unknown Warrior in Westminster Abbey and what has Kedleston Hall got to do with the Annual Remembrance Service at the Cenotaph in Whitehall? How is Middleton linked for ever with over 200,000 of the British Empire’s war dead? These are some the questions which will be answered by Charles Beresford in his talk entitled “The Forgotten Story of Derbyshire’s Major Role in the Nation’s Commemoration of the Great War”.

Tuesday December 5th – Matlock Bath as a Spa with Doreen Buxton.

Tuesday January 9th 2018 – The Quarries of Wirksworth with Tony Holmes.

Tickets are £6 each (or £5 for members of PDMHS or Friends of the Pavillion). Half price for under 18s. Tea & cake in the interval are included in the price!
Tickets can be bought in advance or on the night from the Peak District Lead Mining Museum (subject to availability). Phone 01629 583834 to reserve tickets. See here for further details of the location and for directions.

These events are wheelchair accessible.

These are joint fund raising events for the Peak District Lead Mining Museum and The Matlock Bath Heritage Group.

September 24th. Mining Heritage Walk – Stanage Edge.

Sunday, September 24th 2017, starting at 10.30am.

Leader: John Barnatt. Contact John at meets@pdmhs.com.

Meet at 10.30am at the car park below Stanage Edge at the north-western end of the road that runs below the edge, next to Dennis Knoll plantation (SK 228 844). Walking boots necessary.

A full day’s walk on the Eastern Moors looking at coal mining remains and more. The walk will be about 5 miles long and we will visit the two sets of coal mining on top of Stanage, a limekiln near Dennis Knoll (which may well have been using the coal from the mines), and the site of the Greens Mill smeltmill in the valley below.

Most of the walk will be on footpaths but there is some rough moorland walking at the coal mine sites – not difficult for anyone reasonably healthy and wearing boots.   

September 29th. Mining Heritage Walk – Barmote Court Walk, Monyash.

Friday, September 29th 2017, starting at 10.30am.

Leader: Adam Russell. Contact Adam at meets@pdmhs.com.

Meet at the village cross in the centre of Monyash at 10.30am. The adjacent Smithy Cafe will be open from 9.30am for anyone wanting a good breakfast before setting out.

To mark the date of the Autumn High Peak Barmote Court, this 6-mile walk will visit a number of sites in the Monyash area with a general theme of mining law and disputes. Afterwards, there will be the option to visit the Bulls Head Inn, the traditional venue for the High Peak Court, and – in keeping with tradition – “partake of ale”.

Bring a packed lunch.

August 8th – Mining Heritage Walk to High Rake Mine and Tideslow Rake, nr. Great Hucklow

Tuesday, August 8th 2017 starting at 7.00pm.

Leader: John Barnatt. Contact John at meets@pdmhs.com.

All welcome – no pre-booking required. Meet at 7.00pm on the road between Great Hucklow and Windmill, near the top of the access road to Milldam Mine (grid ref: SK174779).

A gentle 3 mile summer evening walk along one of the most important lead veins in the Peak District. We will first visit High Rake Mine, which was the site of a major PDMHS conservation project (led by John himself) from 2000-8. We will look at the remains of the buildings (including two engine houses!) and the ore processing areas, and we also have a massive shaft for you to peer down as well. You can read more about the history of High Rake Mine here. Continue reading