January 29th – Underground Trip to Rookery and Arrocks Black Marble Mines, Ashford-in-the-Water.

Sunday 29th January 2017. 

Leader: Paul Chandler.

To book your place(s), for meeting arrangements and further details, please contact Paul Chandler on 01246 220773 or at meets@pdmhs.com
An opportunity to visit both Ashford Black Marble mines on the same day!

The ROOKERY trip is being organised primarily as a training trip for prospective mine leaders, but is open to all. The ARROCKS trip will be a normal exploration trip.
The plan is to visit Rookery Mine first, have a break for lunch and visit Arrocks Mine in the afternoon. Optional packed lunch & drink. Society members are welcome to attend both trips or just one of the trips, as required.
ROOKERY BLACK MARBLE MINE is easy grade, and dry – apart from puddles. Mainly walking size passages. An ideal novice trip. The party size is limited to 15, including the leader (Conditions of access). Note: Both Rookery trips planned in 2016 had to becancelled, hence this trip!
ARROCKS BLACK MARBLE MINE is an easy grade, dry trip. Short, low crawl, near the entrance, which leads into the main part of the mine. The remainder of the mine is mainly walking or stooping size. Party size is not limited. Access is by permission from Chatsworth Estate.
A joint meet with Masson Caving Group. Reference: “Derbyshire Black Marble” by J M Tomlinson (PDMHS Special Publication No 4, 1996).