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John_Smith

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Lake District visit - mine recommendations
Posted: 06/06/2018 08:59:24
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Hello all,

I'll be in the Lake District this weekend and I would love to check out some of the mines you have up there. Any recommendations for places to check out if I have the time? Preferably non SRT.

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AR

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Posted: 06/06/2018 13:19:48
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Carrock and Goldscope come to mind immediately, there's also the slate mines at Coniston or Honister for a more touristy jaunt. I'm sure the CATMHS guys on here will know of plenty others you could try.

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Posted: 06/06/2018 13:55:32
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Coniston Copper Mines are open access and quite extensive.

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Posted: 07/06/2018 14:57:32
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Thanks for the suggestions. I'll certainly check out Coniston! IP: 147.143.12.98
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Posted: 08/06/2018 12:28:59
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You can have a splendid few hours in Coniston without gear, with lots more to do if you're SRT competent.
Well worth getting hold of a copy of Eric Hollands field guide :
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Coniston-Copper-Mines-English-Ddistrict/dp/0902363360

On the right up the Red Dell side of the area, Deep level can be followed via a relatively new cross cut for quite a way, although (unless it's been dug out) it's a bit wet at the entrance now.
Taylors and Flemmings levels further up are solid as far as the stopes. It's well worth looking into the top of the Engine shafts, Bouncy level etc. Lots of interest.
On the left hand side going up from the youth hostel area, Hospital level goes a fair way with several branches. There are a couple of holes in the floor with planks over them and a fixed traverse line - a harness and cows tails might be wise.
At the top of the hill there are several entrances near Levers water, but all require ropes and SRT gear. The through-trip from there to Hospital level is very good, but needs gear, route finding and care.
There are several surveys on here in the 'Coniston re-discovered' series of documents, well worth reading the documents.
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Posted: 08/06/2018 15:29:30
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Thanks for the detailed suggestion, Pete!

I'll check it out!

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Posted: 08/06/2018 16:39:51
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Might I also suggest supporting your friendly neighbourhood mining bookseller rather than Amazon?

https://www.moorebooks.co.uk/-USED-Coniston-Copper-Mines-A-Field-Guide.html


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Posted: 08/06/2018 18:04:17
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Tilbertwaith is worth a visit if just to see the monumental effort the guys did when they dug it out the spoil bags are there being used as deads, the amount is astonishing Shocked

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Posted: 08/06/2018 19:05:11
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AR wrote:

Might I also suggest supporting your friendly neighbourhood mining bookseller rather than Amazon?

https://www.moorebooks.co.uk/-USED-Coniston-Copper-Mines-A-Field-Guide.html


Sincere apologies Mike - you're absolutely right. It was a quick lunchtime post and I wasn't thinking.
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Posted: 09/06/2018 08:40:19
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Have Aditnow ever done a coniston through trip meet? Would love to visit those mines but ideally with someone who knows the route! IP: 212.139.36.248
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Posted: 17/06/2018 12:09:05
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danswift wrote:

Have Aditnow ever done a coniston through trip meet? Would love to visit those mines but ideally with someone who knows the route!


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