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Posted: 04/10/2016 20:44:02
Levant Mine, September 2016

I took the tour at Levant Mine, very poignant place.



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Posted: 04/10/2016 20:50:04
Botallack Mine, September 2016

Sure this photo has been taken more than once!


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There is a little level off the path down leading to a small stope, bet this has been explored many times too!


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Posted: 16/10/2016 20:55:27
Cracken Edge Slate Mines

A PDMHS trip.



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Posted: 15/11/2016 22:15:06
12/11/16 PDMHS AGM

A trip up to Matlock for the PDMHS AGM. A hearty buffet meal (very nice pie and sausage casserole) and lots of familiar faces and the chance to put a face to some familiar names!

Had a look round the new exhibition in the museum and the stained glass window Thumb Up If you haven't been definitely worth a look.

Then a couple of interesting talks on using the local archives and mine site ecology.

Then a bit of a sociable evening at the OCC where I stayed the night.
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Posted: 16/11/2016 12:59:59
13/11/16 Masson Mine

Next day I met a work colleague and her family for a relaxed trip around Masson mine. The children were very well behaved and enthusiastic which was very pleasing. The young lady even waded waist deep into the shallow lake by the show cave gate to look in the flooded alcoves.



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As noted in another thread the shallow lake in the large natural chamber was bone dry and we were able to look down the connection to the showcave here although it was too wet for us to explore.



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Posted: 04/12/2016 20:09:12
26/11/16 PDMHS Trip, Milldam Mine

Many thanks to those who arranged the trip and those at the mine for giving up the time to show us around. It was a fascinating morning and well worth the drive up Thumb Up

Any jobs going....... Wink



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Mrs T and I stayed on for the rest of the weekend having a pub lunch in Castleton, staying overnight at New Mills then a walk over Chinley Churn past the Cracken Edge quarries visited only a few weeks back on Sunday.



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Posted: 15/01/2017 17:09:05
6,7,8/1/2017 Peak District

Young Cameron was back over visiting from Texas. We had a weekend at the OCC. Walking across Kinder on the Saturday;



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He was excited to be having tea, honestly!

On the Sunday we had an easy day playing around in Mouldridge mine before heading home.

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Posted: 04/02/2017 20:31:40
17-29/1/2017 WCMS Dinner Weekend

A relaxed weekend at the WCMS cottage, lots of tea drinking and lounging around in the cottage. Got there in time for a bit of a stroll on the Friday before it got dark, visited Big Pit on the Saturday (very good!). An excellent meal on the Saturday evening. Then a walk up the old zig-zag tramway on Sunday.



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Posted: 27/02/2017 19:56:20
24/2/17 Sandford Levvy

Down at the BEC for a 50th birthday party I stopped off at Sandford Levvy for a look round.



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Posted: 04/03/2017 17:24:44
25/2/17 Compton Martin Ochre Mine

A leisurely look around this small but very red mine, an important bat roost so care must be taken.



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Posted: 22/03/2017 21:45:00
12/3/17 Penarth Slate Mine

A PDMHS trip into Penarth, I joined them for the Sunday trip of a Welsh weekend since it coincided with me being in Ludlow.



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Posted: 26/03/2017 20:11:10
15/3/17 Snailbeach

Whilst on holiday in Ludlow I was kindly invited for a look around Snailbeach. A very pleasant evening!



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Posted: 29/03/2017 21:01:02
16/3/17 Clee Hill Quarries

A surface walk past the modern and older workings.



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We passed bases of the old ariel cableway



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Posted: 30/03/2017 21:23:42
25/3/17 Bryneglwys Slate Mine
A first for me to join an 'official' AN trip (unless you count the NAMHO event). It was good to put some faces to some more usernames! I took the Friday off work and travelled up at leisure, I'd planned a short walk in the afternoon but the traffic was so bad this ended up getting scrubbed. I'd done rather well with my budget B&B which turned out to be quite luxurious with a private lounge and en-suite.

We had an excellent trip around the mine on Saturday, despite some initial reservations my car made it up the forest tracks ok. The downward scrambles were a little more scrambly than I expected and I was glad I had brought my cowstails!

There was even birthday cakes afterwards Thumbs Up



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Posted: 03/04/2017 21:20:19
Box Mine 1/4/2017

A WCMS trip into Box. A bit of an all day wander with a large group, I just drove down for the trip so a long day for me but very enjoyable!



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Posted: 01/05/2017 19:27:34
29 April 2017, Apedale Colliery

I did the extended tour as recently advertised. I can confirm it is extremely good, we were underground for a couple of hours and saw quite a bit, I even dug out a splinter of coal with a pick. Our guide was excellent and all in all it was well worth doing, you can see the massive amount of work that has gone into opening it up. I'd highly recommend it to anyone.

If only it was a bit closer to Cambridge I would be sorely tempted to sign up as a volunteer!

Meanwhile Mrs T rode on the railway and also had a grand time. Since it was our wedding anniversary I had booked a hotel in Stoke, the restaurant we hoped to eat at was rather elusive and we ended up in the University eating at the Students Union, to round it off I thrashed her 3 times in a row at pool.

Sunday we had a walk up Kinder Smile
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Posted: 10/05/2017 12:14:10
7/5/17 Deep Ecton

An AN trip kindly arranged by AR. In the deep level up the ladders and out of Salts Level.



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Posted: 10/05/2017 12:30:39
7/5/17 Clayton Adit
In the afternoon we went into Clayton and along Bag level to have a look at the Waterbank connection.



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Posted: 22/05/2017 21:28:02
Snowdon Britannia 20/5/17

Primarily a trip to North Wales for Mrs T to climb Snowdon with a couple of friends, up the Watkin path and down the Miners Track we couldn't resist a quick peep inside one of the trial levels Smile



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Posted: 29/05/2017 22:04:42
27/5/17 Hughenden Manor

Having dropped Mrs T off at her conference I headed for the Hell Fire Caves car park, once there a sign informed me that the caves didn't open until 11am and since it was barely 9:30 I decided to do the short walk I had planned first. This took me to Hughenden Manor by a pleasant route through fields and woods. Notable were the large numbers of Red Kites flying about and a less pleasant encounter with someone in a BMW who I can only assume was a local farmer - it went something like this;

Walking along edge of field towards road, BMW driver comes to halt in front of me and winds window down;
BMW: you can't walk down there that's not a path.
Me: I think it is, it's on the map.
BMW: I've lived here all my life and that's not a path (looks about 12.....)
Me: *pulls out phone to consult map* ah yes you are right the path goes the other side of the hedge halfway down the field, it's pretty overgrown back there I must have missed it.
BMW: well you shouldn't have come down there it's not a path
Me: well no harm done I'll just go a couple of metres down this track and I'll be back on it.
BMW: you can't go down that track that's not a path either.
Me: *consults map again* actually that is a path its clearly marked
BMW: have you walked here before?
Me: no
BMW: well I've lived here all my life and that's not a path
Me: well I could walk back the way I came and back down the other side of this hedge on the correct path.
BMW: you can't go back the way you came that's not a path.
Me: you're being a bit of a t*#t don't you think?
BMW: *puts foot down, roars off*
Me: *takes 3 paces to the right back on to footpath and continues*


Anyhow once at Hughenden Hall I notice a sign pointing to the Icehouse, this turns out to have been used by the Air Ministry during the war to draw up plans for the Dambusters attacks and planned attacks on Hitler's 'Eagles Nest'. After refreshing myself in the tearoom I headed back noticing a tunnel entrance in the hillside below the Icehouse, Perhaps part of the Air Ministry operation?



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