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Posted: 08/09/2017 17:28:59
I'm off for a week to the SW land and wonder if there was anything I should particually look out for?

I have a few old guide books: The Mines & Mineral Railways of E. Cornwall & W. Devon (D.B. Barton), Industrial Archeology of the Tamar Valley (F. Booker) & a little book on Devonshire Open Mills (J. Woodward-Nutt) & a selection of OS Maps from St. Austell in the west to Paignton in the east.

I see that are lots n lots of mines, wheals, bloomeries, & old quarries and just wanted to try an narrow down the best places to visit.
I am quite prepared to walk a good few miles off a tarmac road to see historic sites. And happy to go underground if its safe. Are the Carnglaze Caverns worth a look?Tongue

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1878 Factory Act: Quarrys are any place not being a mine in which persons work in getting slate, stone, coal or other minerals. Which begs the question: what is a mine??
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Posted: 08/09/2017 19:39:39
Working west to east in the limits you've mentioned, these are the areas I would suggest as starting points though all will involve a fair bit of walking and maybe mapwork:

Luxulyan Valley from Luxulyan to Par
Caradon hill circuit based upon Minions
Devon Great Consols and Bedford United trails
Wheals Betsy and Friendship, and Devon United around Peter/Mary Tavy
Haytor granite quarries and tramway

A copy of Helen Harris's I.A. of Dartmoor would be a good companion to Frank Booker's tome if you can find one but both are somewhat dated.
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Posted: 08/09/2017 19:40:22
Devon Great Consols is worth a look, particularly the 1920s arsenic works.

Skinners shaft at Clitters has a good group of engine houses. Sticking with engine houses Holmbush is also worth a visit.

New Consols and Wheal Sheba at Luckett.

Tavistock Canal can be walked from Tavistock and is a very pleasant stroll.

Wheal Brothers is very interesting and has a magnificent rock cut wheel pit.

Kit Hill is worth a visit, more mining remains than you can shake a stick at and breathtaking panoramic views across west Devon and East Cornwall.

If you fancy a walk pick up the Tamar Trails leaflet which includes waymarked guided walks which include a lot of mine sites.

If you want to do the touristy thing the mine train at Morwellham Quay is worth doing.

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Posted: 08/09/2017 20:02:24
This is reading like my 1990s diary
Laugh

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I wonder about the abandoned flip flops, but how does baling twine get into MY mine?
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Posted: 09/09/2017 08:42:37
I've been gone too long to know where the PCG have locks, but I do know they're a lovely bunch who will be most obliging if you ask them about visiting any mines they have keys for. Contact details on the website (http://plymouthcavinggroup.org.uk/).
Enjoy!
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Posted: 09/09/2017 10:50:21
Pcg have very little locked,most stuff is open and accessible and nothing to do with them anyway . I'm in pcg,but the club is not very active these days. Also in dcme I which gets out every Thursday evening, can meet up one evening after work next week if you want to go underground for an easy walk in? I'm based near Ashburton. Just pm me. Tony Big Grin

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Posted: 09/09/2017 12:21:31
devondorset wrote:

Pcg have very little locked,most stuff is open and accessible and nothing to do with them anyway . I'm in pcg,but the club is not very active these days. Also in dcme I which gets out every Thursday evening, can meet up one evening after work next week if you want to go underground for an easy walk in? I'm based near Ashburton. Just pm me. Tony Big Grin


Much appreciated Tony, i'm not going down to Tav' until the 17th and will be in the area until 22nd when I head up to Minehead.
Plus I would break into a mine...that's just silly !

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Posted: 11/09/2017 11:56:08
Moderation: Maximum drivel quotient reached, thread locked/pruned - RV IP: 82.3.52.148 Edited: 11/09/2017 13:12:23 by RJV
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