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Paul Marvin

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Long Rake Name Clarification
Posted: 01/08/2018 16:20:21
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Hi Guys

Can anybody clear up my confusion, which Long Rake Mine is the one just down the road from Derbyshire Aggregates ( Youlgrave )as I know there are two or Three in the area, ( the one where they have put up the red signs ) ?

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Long Rake Name Clarification
Posted: 01/08/2018 21:15:36
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I can't remember offhand what the now-cleared site east of the point where the road to Youlgreave crosses Long Rake was called, but the existing site to the west is Long Rake Mine; I believe it took over the other mine. Going further west along Long Rake to where Derbyshire Aggregates have their depot is the site of Arbor Low Mine.

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Long Rake Name Clarification
Posted: 02/08/2018 10:08:48
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Do you mean Long rake spar mine? with the newly added signs warning not to enter? Last time i went in there it was very dusty with a slight chemical scent in the air! Believe that the aggregates company pour tailings and rubble in somewhere causing the whole old system to become very unhealthy to breathe... unless it's a Sunday Smile

The other long rake is the one which had reports of carbon monoxide...

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Long Rake Name Clarification
Posted: 02/08/2018 15:23:32
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Thanks guys

Amongst other things one of the biggest smells in there is creosote on all of the timbers .

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Long Rake Name Clarification
Posted: 02/08/2018 16:19:08
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That's the name i was looking for, much worse when i last went down (6 months ago) Never did find that bottom level Sad

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Long Rake Name Clarification
Posted: 02/08/2018 22:32:39
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It is Long Rake Spar Mine, I have been down there a few times. Some quite large stopes for Derbyshire. The other Long Rake Mine is on Bradwell Moor. The processing plant pump tailings down and there is also a problem with carbon monoxide as explained to me by someone at DCRO. Shame about that. DaveB IP: 79.71.141.191
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Long Rake Name Clarification
Posted: 03/08/2018 10:38:50
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Carbon monoxide is the bradwell moor long rake, no bad gases in long rake, took a 4gas down there at the beginning of spring Smile

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Long Rake Name Clarification
Posted: 03/08/2018 14:23:17
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The Long Rake Spar mine engine shaft is used by the company to blow waste (mixed) stone dust from the washing-plant into the open stopes, and it will gradually, eventually fill up - where it's wet, it's turned into the most godawful clingy sludge. Obviously high-level dust-bombs could fall down at any time. Most of the timbers are creosoted down there and there are also regular smells of diesel and other nasty things in certain areas. As much of the stone processed is not limestone, there's a very good chance of inhaling silica particles too, I would have thought. I won't be going back. IP: 81.174.241.13 Edited: 03/08/2018 14:23:55 by pwhole
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Posted: 03/08/2018 15:33:12
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Not for me to return either i had a chest infection for 3 weeks after the last dusty trip! The opening down the large slope was billowing out dust like fog!

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Posted: 03/08/2018 16:53:54
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Yes, pity about the fog of dust. Best time always was to go Sunday or maybe Christmas to New Year break. Of course we're not supposed to enter at all. Tell that to DCRO when we had to do a search there! We did have gas detectors though. IP: 79.71.141.191
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Long Rake Name Clarification
Posted: 03/08/2018 16:58:45
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Praada wrote:

Not for me to return either i had a chest infection for 3 weeks after the last dusty trip! The opening down the large slope was billowing out dust like fog!


Why on earth did you carry on with conditions like that ?

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Posted: 06/08/2018 11:36:08
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We thought it was just fog and slight dust until we got across the rails and couldn't see 3 feet in front of us! That's where the journey got cut short and we returned to the surface no more than half an hour after entering... worst chest infection I've ever had was on antibiotics for 2 weeks before I felt 100%.

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Long Rake Name Clarification
Posted: 15/08/2018 16:11:50
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Praada wrote:

We thought it was just fog and slight dust until we got across the rails and couldn't see 3 feet in front of us! That's where the journey got cut short and we returned to the surface no more than half an hour after entering... worst chest infection I've ever had was on antibiotics for 2 weeks before I felt 100%.


Thing to bear in mind in there is that when your blindly wandering along in the dust cloud there are holes in the floor dropping 30ft to water. Often with no way out! Fantastic mine and still mean to get back and try and push the ladder way we found at the top of the labyrith at some point. NOT when they are working though Thumb Down Also they often work nights as its cheaper electric to run the saws Thumb Down

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Long Rake Name Clarification
Posted: 15/08/2018 16:22:48
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Without coming across as a killjoy the above posts explain why the owners want people to stay out. I certainly do. Plenty of other mines to explore assuming one is in sufficient health to enjoy them.

Chest infection could be coincidental though, I was down with it for weeks early this year and haven't been near LR for years.

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Posted: 15/08/2018 16:45:32
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Edd wrote:

Praada wrote:

We thought it was just fog and slight dust until we got across the rails and couldn't see 3 feet in front of us! That's where the journey got cut short and we returned to the surface no more than half an hour after entering... worst chest infection I've ever had was on antibiotics for 2 weeks before I felt 100%.


Thing to bear in mind in there is that when your blindly wandering along in the dust cloud there are holes in the floor dropping 30ft to water. Often with no way out! Fantastic mine and still mean to get back and try and push the ladder way we found at the top of the labyrith at some point. NOT when they are working though Thumb Down Also they often work nights as its cheaper electric to run the saws Thumb Down


Very unsafe the ladders on that emergency exit! I've done it but the rope to get to it has been taken now and the other rope which replaced the missing platform between ladders is less than safe... very loose ground as you near the top watch the heads of anyone below! In fact just give it a miss completely lol you won't miss it!

I agree Roy, I've had my fun and portion of this mine and I'm satisfied with my findings... onto the next one Smile

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Long Rake Name Clarification
Posted: 15/08/2018 16:54:13
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Praada wrote:

Edd wrote:

Praada wrote:

We thought it was just fog and slight dust until we got across the rails and couldn't see 3 feet in front of us! That's where the journey got cut short and we returned to the surface no more than half an hour after entering... worst chest infection I've ever had was on antibiotics for 2 weeks before I felt 100%.


Thing to bear in mind in there is that when your blindly wandering along in the dust cloud there are holes in the floor dropping 30ft to water. Often with no way out! Fantastic mine and still mean to get back and try and push the ladder way we found at the top of the labyrith at some point. NOT when they are working though Thumb Down Also they often work nights as its cheaper electric to run the saws Thumb Down


Very unsafe the ladders on that emergency exit! I've done it but the rope to get to it has been taken now and the other rope which replaced the missing platform between ladders is less than safe... very loose ground as you near the top watch the heads of anyone below! In fact just give it a miss completely lol you won't miss it!

I agree Roy, I've had my fun and portion of this mine and I'm satisfied with my findings... onto the next one Smile


Noooo not that one. This was right at the far end of the mine at the end of the big stope. It needed some bolting to get up to it but i never got back with a drill. Sad

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