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