July 25th – Mining Heritage Walk: Calver Peak Mines

Tuesday July 25th 2017 starting at 7.00pm.

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

Meet in the car park opposite the Derwentwater Arms in Calver Sough at 7.00pm. Optional food (£5 per head) in the Derwentwater Arms afterwards.

Please note: if you are not intending to visit the pub after the walk please park on the road outside as the car park is for pub customers only.

This 3.5 mile walk will look at the mines of the Calver Peak area, where mining for lead and fluorspar stretches from the medieval period through to the 20th century.

It will visit the site of Calver Sough Engine, Muse Mine, Red Rake and Catsall Rake, and the tail of Brightside Sough. Moderate grade – some ascents and descents, but none are particularly steep.

All welcome – no pre-booking required.

June 27th – Lead Mining Heritage Walk to Field Grove Mine, Sheldon

Tuesday June 27th 2017, starting at 7.15pm.

Walk leader – Adam Russell. Contact him at meets@pdmhs.com.

An easy 3-mile walk visiting the well-preserved 19th century mining complex at Field Grove Mine, as well as Greengates Mine and Sheldon churchyard. Meet at the Cock and Pullet, Sheldon at 7.15 – optional food and drink there afterwards.
We are definitely not going underground on this walk, but to give you an idea of what is actually down there, you can watch this video on YouTube.

June 18th – Lead Mining Heritage Walk: Castleton and Pindale

Sunday June 18th 2017. Meet at 10.00am.

Leaders: Phil Wolstenholme and David Wormsley. Contact David on 07955 688017 or at meets@pdmhs.com.

A circular walk about 4 miles in length, and lasting around 5 hours. A fairly easy grade walk on footpaths and tracks, but which also involves about 700ft of ascent and crossing stiles. No pre-booking required – everyone welcome.
The walk starts at 10.00am from the Pay & Display Car Park in Castleton (next to the Tourist Information Centre), from where we will follow the Limestone Way up Cave Dale to Dirtlow Rake. After visiting the sites of Hazard Mine, How Grove, Fire Scrin opencut, and Siggate Head Mine, we will head down Pindale to look at the veins there, and and also see some good examples of the specialist lead-tolerant flora which grows there – which should be looking at its best at this time of year. Then on down to Pindale End Mine with its impressive engine house, before heading back to Castleton.
Be sure to bring a packed lunch and something to drink.

Castleton Geology Walk – a Report

On the 23rd April 2017 a group of 16 people assembled at Mam Tor to go on a walk led by Steve Conquest to explore the Geology of Derbyshire. The weather was glorious and sunny, with clear views guaranteed. 

To help explain some of the principles of geology and landscape, handout sheets had been made available in advance, which displayed diagrams of various features that would be seen on the walk.
The group was introduced to the theory of plate tectonics, continental drift and mountain building – all of which were fundamental in the geology which we were going to see. Other important concepts, such as erosion, deposition, delta and reef formation were also introduced. The walk started by going to the summit of Mam Tor to appreciate the landscape produced by some of these geological phenomena. Continue reading

June 6th – Mining Heritage Walk in The High Tor/Matlock Dale area

Tuesday June 6th 2017. Meet at 7.15pm.

Leader: Paul Chandler. Contact him on 01246 220773 or at meets@pdmhs.com.

Meet 7.15pm Matlock Bath Railway Station car park (Pay & Display).

A short, circular walk, to look at the site of Riber Mine at Starkholmes, the Fern & Roman Caves on High Tor, Youd’s Level (Ringing Rake Sough), the site of the suspension bridge over River Derwent, High Tor Grotto, Side Mine and Long Tor Grotto – all in Matlock Dale. Note: Paul plans to bring some old photos of Riber Mine (surface & underground) when in operation and also, surveys, etc of the various other mines mentioned. 
Bring usual walking gear. Party size not limited – booking optional. 

Walk is weather dependent. Optional drink afterwards at the Midland Hotel, Matlock Bath. 

Reference: “Lead Mining in the Peak District”, Edited by T D Ford & J H Rieuwerts (2000 edition).