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Posted: 29/06/2010 18:44:34
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I read "Mines of Alston Moor" on holiday a few weeks back. Quite a piece of work, incredibly detailed.

The grid reference given suggests the portal is almost in the middle of Alston.

Is it still open?

Also the stone described indicates 4 1/2 miles length. Was this the final length as the text goes on to say it was later extended to the Brewery Shaft and then to the engine shaft on the Rampgill vein.
IP: 95.148.103.231 Edited: 29/06/2010 20:44:09 by SimonRL
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Posted: 29/06/2010 19:09:13
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Its not open as a whole but you can certainly access it from Brewery Shaft and Wellgill Shaft. No idea whether any of the downstream shafts are accessible but some were in the 80s.


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Posted: 29/06/2010 19:32:35
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simonrl wrote:

I read Mines of Alson Moor on holiday a few weeks back. Quite a piece of work, incredibly detailed.

The grid reference given suggests the portal is almost in the middle of Alston.

Is it still open?

Also the stone described indicates 4 1/2 miles length. Was this the final length as the text goes on to say it was later extended to the Brewery Shaft and then to the engine shaft on the Rampgill vein.


You want Peter Wilkinsons excellent book, they may have stock in the Rampgill Centre or try Mike Moore. This book is a must have.

Actually, its 4.94 miles I believe, and many of the shafts currently accessible. Brewery, Wellgill, Nentsberry Haggs and Lovelady Shield.
There is no casual SRT though at Brewery, you have to await on of the many organised winch trips.


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IP: 89.240.94.75 Edited: 29/06/2010 19:33:21 by royfellows
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Posted: 29/06/2010 20:45:17
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Thanks for the info chaps. Is the Alston end still open / visible? Presumably a lot of water still comes from it so it must be? IP: 95.148.103.231
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Posted: 29/06/2010 22:12:16
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I seem to recall (without reading Wilkinsons book which is in my library*) that the Alston end is used as a water source, and as such is inaccessible, but viewable (the plaque is there).
Boat trips were run once upon a time.

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Posted: 29/06/2010 22:50:37
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My winch was used in the early 80's to explore many of the shafts on Alston moor, the NFL ones were, Blagill, Foreshield, Lovelady shield, Haggs and Brewery, Wellgill was explored using SRT as the shaft cap precludes use of a winch. Other shafts included Bogg and further unamed ones on the moor top above Rampgill vein. Much of Wilkinsons information came from these explorations. The NFL entrance was buried under tons of debris, however the level was still accessable then by using a side entrance, it was explored some distance upstream, there were still wooden pegs in the walls at regular intervals, which may have been used to haul ? a boat. The romance of "Jennys dancing loft" was never discovered despite numerous explorations, I also proved that the change in level was at Haggs shaft, not at Lovelady shield as was previously thought, happy days !!

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Posted: 30/06/2010 11:30:40
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The outflow side entrance was physically accessible last year, but it is on private land and permission was obtained to view it. The stone is now on display in Alston Town Hall. IP: 193.39.172.1
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Posted: 30/06/2010 19:53:05
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Have look at the photo posted under 'Nent Force Level' (do an exact word search), that's how things are at present. IP: 87.112.152.49
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Posted: 01/07/2010 08:47:12
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Thanks Maxman. I guess I should have checked in the photo database first Blush
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Posted: 18/11/2019 17:15:39
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Dropped Haggs Shaft in the 80's by SRT. In those days there was a building over the shaft so we belayed off the rafters.

Got to the bottom but there was a lot of water funnelling off down the level so we didn't get off the rope. Too scared as we were standing in the waterfall coming out of the level further up (it's where the step is).

We did go a short way back up the level towards Wellgill and although it was open, the flow was strong and we were worried about being swept back towards the shaft having disturbed a few mud dams.

After more than 35 years this may have changed of course.


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Posted: 19/11/2019 10:47:17
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I was up to the outflow the other day - about half choked at the moment so no danger of opening the gate quickly!
There are some new concrete steps down to it, not quite sure why...

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Posted: 19/11/2019 13:24:16
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At the bottom of the steps is a water level recorder in the Nentforce outflow, I suspect the Environment Agency are monitoring water levels, this would tie up with the other Recorders at the entrances to Caplecleugh, Rampgill and Haggs. IP: 79.72.232.200
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Posted: 21/11/2019 09:24:58
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EA continue to be interested in the possibility of clearing out the whole level - purely a hypothetical idea at present. £££££
The entrance was badly damaged by quarrying and this has affected the stability of the first 200 metres or so of the level.
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Posted: 21/11/2019 13:33:09
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We cleared the bottom of Wellgill Shaft with a view to exposing the down stream continuation, dreaming of it being open... silted badly up with only a small crawl space.



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Posted: 02/12/2019 14:54:06
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royfellows wrote:

simonrl wrote:

I read Mines of Alson Moor on holiday a few weeks back. Quite a piece of work, incredibly detailed.

The grid reference given suggests the portal is almost in the middle of Alston.

Is it still open?

Also the stone described indicates 4 1/2 miles length. Was this the final length as the text goes on to say it was later extended to the Brewery Shaft and then to the engine shaft on the Rampgill vein.


You want Peter Wilkinsons excellent book, they may have stock in the Rampgill Centre or try Mike Moore. This book is a must have.

Actually, its 4.94 miles I believe, and many of the shafts currently accessible. Brewery, Wellgill, Nentsberry Haggs and Lovelady Shield.
There is no casual SRT though at Brewery, you have to await on of the many organised winch trips.


Book is out of print and out of stock at Nenthead Mines.
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