Stanage Edge Industrial Heritage Walk Report

Stanage Edge is probably best known these days as one of the top spots in the Peak District for rock climbing, and many of the thousands of people who come here think of it as an example of unspoilt wilderness. Last Sunday, however, archaeologist John Barnatt led a walk to look at some of the less well known industrial heritage of the area, and show some of the ways in which people have influenced this landscape. Continue reading

Magpie Mine Heritage Open Day Success

Our Heritage Open Day at Magpie Mine has now become a well-established annual event, and this year’s event on Sunday September 10th was the most successful yet. Despite the cold and wet weather (which could have been an excuse for anybody to stop at home and not venture out), we attracted over 340 visitors – an increase of 50% over last year’s record turn-out. Continue reading

Holme Bank Chert Mine cleanup

In June, It was reported that vandals had gone into Holme Bank chert mine at Bakewell, and sprayed graffiti right through the workings. This mine has a particular place in the hearts of many PDMHS members, as it has been the subject of numerous underground trips over the years. So at the end of August, Paul Chandler arranged a cleanup session, and a joint working party of PDMHS and Masson Caving Group members spent an evening in there getting rid of as much of the graffiti as we could. Continue reading

September 24th. Mining Heritage Walk – Stanage Edge.

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

This walk has now taken place, and you can see a report of it here.

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.