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

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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 meets@pdmhs.com.

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

Online calendars are now available:
https://tinyurl.com/pdmhs-meets-webcal
https://tinyurl.com/pdmhs-meets-ical

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 and well behaved dogs on leads welcome.

Booking should be via the Museum; please refer to the mining museum website and facebook page.

Wednesday Evening Walks

17th July – Bonsall Moor’s Scheduled Monuments. Meet 6.30pm at the Lorry Park, Bonsall.

21st August – The Crich Mines. Meet 6.30pm outside the Cliff Inn, Crich.

Special Sunday Walks

25th August – Steeple Grange, Wirksworth. Meet at 11am at the National Stone Centre.

Heritage Open Days

For both Open Days, further information can be found by searching for “Magpie” or “Ecton” at: https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/visiting

PDMHS members Field Meetings

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.

Goyts Moss and Castids Common Collieries

Tuesday 9th July. Leader: Adam Cooper.

Meet at the Derbyshire Bridge car park, SK 0185 7158 at 7pm.

This area, by the side of the 1759 Buxton to Macclesfield Turnpike road at the head of the Goyt Valley was the site of working the Yard Coal, known locally as Goyt Coal, from at least the middle of the 17th century until 1893. In the latter phase, coal was taken out by an extension of a tunnel (the Burbage Upper Level, on the Buxton side of the hill) which had formerly been driven to work Ringinglow Coal at Burbage Colliery.

There is some evidence of early exploitation in the form of collapsed shallow workings while an abundance of causeways, some of which provide evidence for the sequence of pit sinking, and horse gin circle mounds are from later periods. A substantial mound of driving waste can be seen, marking the route of the extended Burbage Upper Level. There is also a sough to see, and a group of crown holes where the roof of shallow workings has collapsed to leave a set of depressions.

The trip is likely to take about 3 hours and involve 3 miles walking.

Brassington

Monday 22nd July. Leader: Jim Riding.

Meet at 7pm at the Miners Arms in Brassington.

Jim’s tour of Brassington will last around 1½ hours.

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.

Ible Adit, Via Gellia

Sunday 21st July. Leader: Martin Long.

Meet at 10.30am at the Wood Lane/A5012 junction, SK 2533 5663.

The full extent of this adit will be explored, along with others in the locality.

Generally dry, some climbing may be involved so a belay belt is advisable.

Neptune Mine & Wardlow Sough, Cressbrook Dale

Saturday 17th August. Leader: Sean Caley.

Meet at 10.30am at the Village Cross, Litton,
SK 1632 7516.

Cowstail and belay belt required for Neptune Mine, wet gear (depending on recent weather) for Wardlow Sough.

Lathkill Dale Rummage

Sunday 22nd September. Leader: Shirley Burtonshaw.

Meet at 10.30am at Over Haddon car park,
SK 2032 6644.

We will visit several small adits along the dale, knee pads recommended.

Nickergrove Mine, Stoney Middleton

Wednesday 2nd October. Leader: Sean Caley.

Meet at 6.45pm at the Lovers Leap layby,
SK 2267 7560.

Easy SRT through-trip (if time permits). Limited places.


Updated: Adam Cooper, June 16th 2024

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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