As with many of our recent walks, we were lucky with the weather at the end of October for our guided heritage walk looking at some of the disused gritstone quarries on Stanton Moor. Fourteen of us met near Birchover, including one couple whose ancestors quarried at Stanton for at least 200 years. They brought with them the wonderful photograph below of several members of their family with a steam crane at one of the quarries.
The group of 15 set off from Castleton to Odin mine sough tail, Trickett Bridge.
The stream bed here is stained orange due to iron in the shale the sough runs through. The valley bottom is mostly of shale with the reef limestone rising up to form Treak Cliff and Long Cliff.
A strong flow of water was rising at our next stop, Russet well, this was formerly a main source of Castleton’s water supply. The well helps drain the Peak to Speedwell cave system, of which the large natural shaft, Titan, is a part. Continue reading
Although there’s no Peak District coverage this new book will be of interest to Caving members of PDMHS.
The web site has a useful map and index of sites with accurate location data.
Currently available to listen to on the BBC iPlayer is a radio programme about Winsford Salt Mine in Cheshire. The mine, which opened in 1844, is the last working inland salt mine left in Britain, producing rock salt for road gritting. It now consists of 136 miles of tunnels 500 feet below the Cheshire plain. The programme touches on the history of salt mining in Cheshire, what it’s like to work in the mine, the working methods, and the uses to which the worked-out areas are now being put. Continue reading