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Prof. Warthog

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Moor Row iron mine question
Posted: 20/04/2015 18:31:08
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Hi
I have geology students working in West Cumbria every summer and for once I have some cavers. They are keen to get underground. A local farmer told me there is an accessible iron mine near Moor Row - can anyone point me in the right direction to go about arranging at trip?
Thanks
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John Lawson

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Moor Row iron mine question
Posted: 20/04/2015 19:21:15
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The mine in question is Gutterby.
I am not sure how acess ismarranged now.
The farmer has surrounded the site with deer netting and is keeping free range chickens on the site.
He seemed reasonably,friendly but I do not know his name.
However I would caution you about sending anybody down there without a guide.
It is without a doubt one of the more dangerous old mines for inexperienced mine explorers.
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Moor Row iron mine question
Posted: 20/04/2015 19:28:45
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Thanks fir the info John.

Here is the link:

http://www.aditnow.co.uk/Mines/Gutterby-Iron-Mine_10115/

Presumably the main danger is low O2?

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Moor Row iron mine question
Posted: 20/04/2015 19:38:37
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Thanks for the link Simon.

Basically, the roof is very low, and you are crawling, past slabs which hang from the roof and just before you get to the incline which takes you to these delights, there is a right crawl turn, past a water filled shaft, which is interesting!
This crawling is done in red mud, which is another charmer!
I personally stripped off all my gear, after exiting put it into a bin bag, sealed it, and took it home for extensive cleaning.
These West Cumberland miners were not called the 'red men' for nothing!
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Moor Row iron mine question
Posted: 20/04/2015 21:12:21
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It has been a few years since I was last underground in that area but there were several open levels on the Knockmurton set (iron) and one on Kiniside Kop (lead). I don't know what state they are in now, or what access is like, but it could be worth asking about. IP: 82.33.87.39
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Moor Row iron mine question
Posted: 27/10/2019 09:55:16
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I visited this mine in the nineties not long after the new access shaft was created. From what I recall there was at least one sheer drop vertical shaft which spanned almost the width of the main passage way. We had to walk along a ledge at the side to get past. I dropped a stone down the shaft and it took a while to hit water so it was a deep shaft. There were ropes set up which dropped away down the shaft. When I questioned our guide about these ropes he explained that he was a cave diver and the ropes were so that they could access the lower parts of the mine and explore the flooded workings. It was many years ago now but I am sure there was an air flow through the workings. There were many open shafts in the surounding area so it may be that the workings were connected to one of those shafts. It would be interesting to know the condition of the mine/workings now after all these years.
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Moor Row iron mine question
Posted: 28/10/2019 12:58:09
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i did Kinniside about 15 years ago and it was grim then, not been back since but wouldn't advise sending novices in there.

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