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


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

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

Online calendars are now available:

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, well behaved dogs on leads welcome.

Please refer to the mining museum website and facebook page.

Longer walks with Tony Wood (usually 2-3 hours)

Wednesday 15th November – Winster Mine.
Meet at 11am at the Miners’ Standard pub.

Wednesday 13th December – Old Millclose.
Meet at 11am at the Three Stags, Darley Dale.

Wednesday 17th January 2024 – Winster Village & people.
Meet at 11am at the Miners’ Standard pub.

Wednesday 21st February 2024 – Old Matlock Town & over High Tor.
Meet 11am Artists’ Corner car park.

Festive walks (60-90 minutes), led by Tony Wood (TW) or Lynn Willies (LW).

Wednesday 27th December – The NSC to Black Rocks.
Meet at 11am outside the NSC (TW)

Saturday 30th December – The industrial past of the NSC site.
Meet 11am outside the NSC. (LW)

Monday 1st January 2024 – The NSC to Middleton Top.
Meet 11am outside the NSC. (TW)

Sunday 7th January 2024 – The quarries of Wirksworth town.
Meet at 11am outside the Limekiln Pub. (LW)

PDMHS members Field Meetings

PDMHS events are usually free to members. Members do need to pay to join Heritage Walks organised by the Museum.

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.

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.

Middleton Dale Mine Levels, Stoney Middleton

Wednesday 15th November.
Leader: Shirley Burtonshaw

Meet 7pm at the Lover’s Leap layby, grid ref SK 2265 7560

An easy furtle around the many small mine levels in this area, suitable for novices.

Hoo Valley Mines, Wetton Mill

Wednesday 6th December. Leader: Martin Long

Meet 7pm near wetton Mill, grid ref SK 0947 5608

Three small mines will be visited, one having knee-deep water and extensive floor calcification. Suitable for novices.


Updated: Adam Cooper, November 1st 2023

Online newsletters – January 2024 edition is published

The January 2024 edition of the newsletter is now available from the newsletter archive on the members’ website and should arrive by post within the next few days. The next edition is due out in April 2024 and contributions are solicited by the first day of March.

We aim to add the latest newsletter to the website at the same time printed copies are distributed.

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

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
  • 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