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Dj fraser

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Posted: 03/05/2019 15:15:50
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Hello all, thanks in advance for reading. Me and my group (uk mine exploration) have been heading far and wide to explore mines. I was hoping for all your help.

We was just wondering if there are any accessible mines in the midlands area? We are based around tamworth and would just like a few local bits we could do in the week rather than making a full day trip on the weekend.

Again thanks in advance for your help

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Posted: 03/05/2019 15:31:38
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Ayup mate,

Not sure to be honest, Matlock as you know. Staffs has a few lead mines, but mostly coal, which i tend to avoid unless guided, not sure how far apedale drift is from you? Well worth a 5er for the guided tour down there, we well enjoyed that morning last year.

I've put a link to a page i found which has some useful information and names Smile

http://www-users.aston.ac.uk/~poynerdr/st_misc.htm


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Posted: 03/05/2019 15:44:34
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Safe matt...yeah matlock i think is going to be another trip before the quarry is filled in!!!

And think luke mentioned apdale before. Deffo going to be looking into it. Also wanna do a trip to draycott but unsure if its open these days
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Posted: 03/05/2019 15:51:42
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You'll do well at Draycott, the guides at Apedale do a bit of voluntary work keeping it locked up and sealed lol. There is a way but it's not for the internet to know lol and I don't think i'd try it myself, sketchy is a understatement so i've been told.

Apedale is great, Matlock has so many lead workings you'd need a dozen visits to only vaguely see them all.

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Posted: 03/05/2019 15:58:30
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Yeah been hearing about the dodgey shaft that likes to slowly sink on itself if we are talking about the same way in

Deffo going to look at apdale. And will link you soon for a derby day
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Posted: 03/05/2019 18:25:20
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I live near Cannock and its either Matlock or Wales.
There were limestone bits over Dudley and one about 2 miles away from here, but the later is mainly for divers, little above water and a hostile landowner.

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Posted: 03/05/2019 18:34:54
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Thanks for that roy. Lot of coal mines neer me but deep shaft. We have located a few potentialt for drift coalleries but without lots of digging they ent accessible IP: 86.145.148.128
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Posted: 03/05/2019 20:55:45
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There's a lot of accessible mines in the Peak, but if you don't do SRT it does cut your options down quite a bit, particularly in the northern parts.

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Posted: 04/05/2019 07:30:53
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Thanks AR. That is somthing we are looking to get trained in as soon as we have our club registered so all our team has the chance to train up IP: 213.205.192.121
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Posted: 04/05/2019 08:51:56
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Dj fraser wrote:

Thanks AR. That is somthing we are looking to get trained in as soon as we have our club registered so all our team has the chance to train up


If you are beginners (no SRT experience would support this) then don't even think about coal, even if you find (or 'find') access. It's a very quick way to get very dead without experience, knowledge of weather systems and what they do to mine air quality, gas sensors, etc.
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Posted: 04/05/2019 09:02:30
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Again thanks for the message rob....a few of the lads do have srt training a few dont but we will all be doing the coarses. Also with the coal mine point we are aware of the dangers and lucky for us one of our team works in the sewers so is fully qualified with the use of gas meters and has access to calibrated meters. Dont worry we go into every situation as fully prepaired as we can Smile IP: 213.205.192.121
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Posted: 23/05/2019 15:22:47
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Apedale, as mentioned, is very much worth a trip. They do extended tours which I would recommend.

Alderley Edge, Copper Mines - Trips are led by the Derbyshire Caving Club, they are generally quite happy to do evening trips if you contact them.

Ecton Copper Mines - Again, contact them for a trip.

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Posted: 23/05/2019 17:22:24
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Thumb DownDj fraser wrote:

Hello all, thanks in advance for reading. Me and my group (uk mine exploration) have been heading far and wide to explore mines. I was hoping for all your help.

We was just wondering if there are any accessible mines in the midlands area? We are based around tamworth and would just like a few local bits we could do in the week rather than making a full day trip on the weekend.

Again thanks in advance for your help

Ukme


Why not try Shropshire, Huglith, Clive and Snailbeach. On the border with Wales llanymynech and other mines in the same vicinity. Llangynog too.

Also this year's NAHMO event is offering some great trips. You don't to be members of clubs

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Posted: 23/05/2019 21:42:57
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Caever wrote:


Alderley Edge, Copper Mines - Trips are led by the Derbyshire Caving Club, they are generally quite happy to do evening trips if you contact them.

Ecton Copper Mines - Again, contact them for a trip.

Hope this helps.


Derbyshire Caving Club are not the people to contact for Ecton copper mines, they are under the ownership of the Ecton Mines Educational Trust. The Trust require indemnity from visitors (i.e. proof of BCA cover or something equivalent) you also need to complete a waiver form and the trust ask for a £5 donation per head. You also need to be led by one of the Trust's approved leaders - I'm one of them.

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Posted: 24/05/2019 09:20:01
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I also think they prefer you to have BCA cover at Alderley Edge, may have changed though depending on nature of the visit?

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