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Posted: 26/06/2018 21:11:46
NAMHO 2018, 1/6/18 - Doward

The week before the NAMHO conference this year I was struck down by a particularly obnoxious bug which left me with a chest infection, it was by no means certain I would make it however I was keen not to miss out and by the end of the week I was feeling somewhat better and so Friday it was off to the Forest of Dean (albeit somewhat later than intended).

Since I was running late I headed straight for the first meeting point for a trip to Doward Iron mines. Soon many familiar faces assembled and after a short, somewhat perilous to the Celica's undercarriage, drive down some forest tracks, we passed a very pleasant afternoon poking into these short but interesting early iron mines. Fire setting enthusiast were well catered for with plentiful signs that this had gone on on quite an extensive scale with pinkish slightly domed chamber roofs.



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All too soon however it was time to head back to the conference venue for fish and chips! Thumbs Up
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Posted: 27/06/2018 21:02:26
NAMHO 2018 2/6/18. Brinchcombe Limestone Level

Friday evenings fish and chips were very well received, after that and a bit of an introduction I ducked out to pitch my tent at Clearwell before it got too dark. Later on a pleasant evening was passed with the Tamar Mining Group and some of Bob's homebrewed stout Thumb Up

Next morning it was up and out to Brinchcombe Limestone Level. A great little trip in the company of some more old friends. A site with little recorded history but perhaps the stone was used for flux?



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Posted: 16/08/2018 16:38:40
NAMHO 2018 2/6/18 Old Bow to Lambsquay


Saturday afternoons trip was a very enjoyable through route around these iron workings, loads to see here and a place I'd like to revisit at some point!



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Posted: 16/08/2018 17:03:04
NAMHO 2018 3/6/18 Noxon Park


Sunday mornings trip was to Noxon Park, a picturesque place but I was feeling pretty rough and coughing my lungs up, probably a result of the dusty atmosphere.



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Posted: 16/08/2018 21:36:06
NAMHO 2018 Bailey Level 3/6/2018

Sundays afternoon trip was to Bailey Level. We helped shift a boulder from the collapse at the end and watched a very interesting demonstration of an air leg drill and a rocker shovel.



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Posted: 16/08/2018 21:43:13
9/6/18 Reigate Cave Day


Another day showing groups around the Barons Cave, a relatively relaxed day compared to some.
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Posted: 16/08/2018 21:46:44
30/6/18 Dinas Silica Mines

Summer and her boyfriend Tom joined me at the WCMS cottage for the annual BBQ, we had a trip into the Silica Mines.

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Posted: 16/08/2018 21:55:38
2-6/7/18 Nottingham

A week spent in Nottingham on a training course for work, I intended to see if I could get a look at some of the sandstone tunnels and mines but the course took up more time than I expected.

I did however manage to go to the 'Trip to Jerusalem' a very fine pub built into sandstone tunnels under the castle. Very atmospheric and a great pint too Thumb Up

I also visited the 'Caves Experience' accessed from the lower levels of a shopping centre. It was quite well presented and well worth a visit. The tannery section was very impressive.

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Posted: 16/08/2018 21:58:04
14/7/18 Reigate Cave Day

Another day showing people around Barons Cave. I do enjoy spending the day there although it is quite a long day including travel!
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Posted: 16/08/2018 22:04:14
29/7/18 Pooles Cavern

A trip in the motorhome up to Hayfield resulted in a trip with Nikki into Pooles Cavern, not a mine of course but they did have cow identification books in the gift shop!



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Posted: 16/08/2018 22:07:13
11/8/18 Reigate Cave Day

A busier day today, lots of tours of Barons Cave!
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Posted: 17/09/2018 13:07:16
10/9/18 Lang Cave & Deer Cave, Gunung Mulu National Park

Ok, no mines were involved but a pretty good trip nonetheless, this was the raffle prize I won at the '50 years of Cave Exploration' talks back in December. Young Summer came too and we both had a splendid time! Cool

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Posted: 20/09/2018 08:25:47
11/9/18 Wind Cave, Lady Cave & Clearwater Cave

More Mulu showcaves, what a fantastic place!

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Posted: 02/10/2018 13:21:03
12/9/18 Last day in Mulu

OK, we didn't actually get underground on the last day but may as well complete the set.... It was an absolutely fantastic prize and we were so lucky to win it Big Grin

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