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Sandford Levvy Lead Mine (United Kingdom)

Sandford Levvy is a horizontal adit. 450m long, running south into the hill. Two crossroads provide short but interesting detours and some difficult climbing in excavated upward extensions.

The entrance is located in the wooded northern slope of Sandford Hill. An easy approach is from the A38, taking the A368 following the Avon Ski Centre signs towards Sandford. The management of the Ski Centre have agreed that mine explorers may park their vehicles in the main car park. Go to Reception and tell them of your intention to visit the mines. From the car park follow the footpath, west into the woods. After 399m the entrance is found at the foot of a small rock outcrop.

A tight entrance descends into an adit about 1.9m high and 1.5m wide. The is horizontal and goes for 450m south into the hill. There are numerous speleothems, flowstone, cave [mine?] pearls etc. mall deposits of coloured flowstone on walls and floor. A stretch of paving slabs is a relic of WW2 when the Home Guard occupied the mine..

In 1830, a Mr. Webster, dug the adit in an attempt to locate a worthwhile ore body. A find of galena was reported and small veins of blende can still be found.

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