Mine exploration, photographs and mining history for mine explorers, industrial archaeologists, researchers and historians Mine explorer and mining history videos on YouTube Connect with other mine explorers on Facebook
Tip: do not include 'mine' or 'quarry', search by name e.g. 'cwmorthin', use 'Sounds like search' if unsure of spelling

Advanced Search
'Sounds like search'
Quick a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z
Tip: narrow down your search by typing more than one word and selecting 'Search for all words' or 'Exact search'

Search for any word
Search for all words
Exact search
Tip: narrow down your search by typing more than one word and selecting 'Search for all words' or 'Exact search'

Search for any word
Search for all words
Exact search

Mine Exploration Forum

Author Hopton Wood Entrance (photo)
andrew

Joined: 23/02/2009

View Profile
View Posts
View Personal Album
View Personal Files
View all Photos
Send Private Message
Hopton Wood Entrance (photo)
Posted: 31/12/2018 13:46:22
Reply |  Quote
what's going on at hopton wood as I went up there yesterday after taking some friends round wapping mine as an easy extension to the day . It now sports a new gate , cctv and an alarm when you loiter by the gate . Needless to say we left with out going underground .


Photograph:



(click image to open full size image in new window)
IP: 80.189.158.23
caver1

Joined: 28/02/2016

View Profile
View Posts
View Personal Album
View Personal Files
View all Photos
Send Private Message
Hopton Wood Entrance (photo)
Posted: 31/12/2018 14:51:21
Reply |  Quote
Lots of rumours that the MOD are now using some of the mine as a depot. Could also be that the number of videos / photos of people in the mine on push bikes, using fireworks and spinning burning wire wool (yawn) have pissed off the owners to such an extent that the duty of care bit has been dealt a heavy hand... Sounds like you were quite lucky not to be interviewed by the security team IP: 51.9.119.51
andrew

Joined: 23/02/2009

View Profile
View Posts
View Personal Album
View Personal Files
View all Photos
Send Private Message
Hopton Wood Entrance (photo)
Posted: 31/12/2018 15:58:28
Reply |  Quote
There has also been a bit of clearing on the way up to it . The foundations of the buildings next to the roadway have vanished .
IP: 80.189.158.23
Praada

Joined: 03/03/2017
Location: Tibshelf

View Profile
View Posts
View Personal Album
View Personal Files
View all Photos
Send Private Message
Hopton Wood Entrance (photo)
Posted: 07/01/2019 09:08:00
Reply |  Quote
Tried numerous times, been caught both ends numerous times... the secca that guard the gates told us they were fully sealing every entrance, this was about a year ago, they never did what they told us, but the gates were replaced and the small squeeze under the gate filled in...

I think middleton exploring days are over, when did you take that photo? We have set the alarms off, they are hidden everywhere, under a rock and on top of a block building at the hopton end, its very loud as well!

--

"I got enough batteries to live down here indefinitely!"
IP: 87.224.25.210
AR

Avatar of AR

Joined: 07/11/2007
Location: Knot far from Knotlow in the middle of the Peak District

View Profile
View Posts
View Personal Album
View Personal Files
View all Photos
Send Private Message
Hopton Wood Entrance (photo)
Posted: 07/01/2019 16:16:04
Reply |  Quote
The increased security I think is partly down to Omya giving up their sub-lease and handing the mine back to Tarmac who we see are a lot keener on security, though if it is the case that the MOD now have an interest in the place too that would explain why the place hasn't been sealed.

Either way, Middleton can no longer be considered accessible as it was in the days of the door being left ajar and is best left alone.

--

Oh God of Sarcasm, thanks for everything...
IP: 146.162.241.246
royfellows

Avatar of royfellows

Joined: 13/06/2007
Location: Great Wyrley near Walsall

View Profile
View Posts
View Personal Album
View Personal Files
View all Photos
Send Private Message
Hopton Wood Entrance (photo)
Posted: 07/01/2019 16:18:12
Reply |  Quote
I agree.
There are other places to go and as one door closes another opens.
My advice is keep away.

--

I have been to Waterfall Stope, wow!
IP: 88.108.3.166
Praada

Joined: 03/03/2017
Location: Tibshelf

View Profile
View Posts
View Personal Album
View Personal Files
View all Photos
Send Private Message
Hopton Wood Entrance (photo)
Posted: 07/01/2019 16:25:30
Reply |  Quote
The via gellia has a full day of mine exploring Smile so there really is no need to annoy the security on site Thumb Down they really aren't too pleasant when they are forced to leave the warmth of their cabin!

Balleye and Silvereye are a good trip, as is spinney and all the other wet holes down the valley :D Goodluck is supposed to be a good guided trip, one sunday every month i believe not sure which week of the month first or last if i remember correctly, well worth a 5er!

--

"I got enough batteries to live down here indefinitely!"
IP: 87.224.25.210
mikehiggins

Avatar of mikehiggins

Joined: 11/08/2008
Location: Doncaster

View Profile
View Posts
View Personal Album
View Personal Files
View all Photos
Send Private Message
Hopton Wood Entrance (photo)
Posted: 07/01/2019 18:11:38
Reply |  Quote
It's the first Sunday in every month. IP: 109.145.60.182
mae

Joined: 15/12/2015

View Profile
View Posts
View Personal Album
View Personal Files
View all Photos
Send Private Message
Hopton Wood Entrance (photo)
Posted: 07/01/2019 18:49:46
Reply |  Quote
The security lads aint to bad,had a good chat to them on a few occasions.The gellia has more to it than meets the eye if you know where to look.We are currently working on a tip off /old wives tale/wild goose chaseLaugh of an underground lake in the gellia area. IP: 87.112.39.82
mae

Joined: 15/12/2015

View Profile
View Posts
View Personal Album
View Personal Files
View all Photos
Send Private Message
Hopton Wood Entrance (photo)
Posted: 07/01/2019 19:39:28
Reply |  Quote
Prada,go and give the goodluck lads a fiver,you wont be disappointed,its a really interesting place.Thumbs Up IP: 87.112.39.82
Safety LED Miners Caplamps Moore Books: Specialist Books I.A. Recordings: Mining and Industrial History DVDs Starless River - Caving Store Explore a Disused Welsh Slate Mine
Disclaimer: Mine exploring can be quite dangerous, but then again it can be alright, it all depends on the weather. Please read the proper disclaimer.
© 2005 to 2015 AditNow.co.uk
Top of Page