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arnie187

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Posted: 06/10/2016 08:03:01
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I was after some info on easy accessable mines in the peak district area. I don't have much experience with ropes and such . I have explored a few mines in past. such as Hendre, box mine, Middleton ect. Mainly for photography. Any info would be greatly appreciated . Looking to spend few days up in the peaks next weekend.
IP: 80.1.8.128 Edited: 07/10/2016 17:52:35 by arnie187
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Posted: 06/10/2016 12:57:41
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For easily accessible mines that don't need rope, there are quite a few options around Matlock:

Devonshire Cavern, adjustable spanner or mole grips needed to open the door - survey and description here- http://pdmhs.com/docs/default-source/bulletins/bulletin-17-3/metal-mines-through-times.pdf?sfvrsn=4

Wapping mine and Cumberland cavern - climb over a wall to get in but fairly extensive beyond and a fine collection of 1970s graffiti! Survey and description here: http://pdmhs.com/docs/default-source/bulletins/bulletin-05-2/wapping-mine-and-cumberland-cavern-matlock-bath.pdf?sfvrsn=2

Great Masson Cavern, access to the parts beyond the show cave is through Masson Hill quarry, there's an old survey and description here http://pdmhs.com/docs/default-source/bulletins/bulletin-08-2/a-survey-of-the-masson-cave-cum-mine-complex-matlock.pdf?sfvrsn=2 but be aware that the quarry removed the western half of the complex shown, it now starts around Crichman chamber.

Mouldridge Mine, Pikehall - entrance through a "cat-flap" gate, survey and description here - http://pdmhs.com/docs/default-source/bulletins/bulletin-9-2/bulletin-9-2---mouldridge-mine-pikehall-derbyshire.pdf?sfvrsn=2

There are lots of smaller mines in the Via Gellia, Groaning Tor level is a walk-in mine close to a footpath, further up the valley there's Dunsley Springs level, Slaley Sough and Spinney Level, again these are walk-in but can take some finding. Otherwise, there's Holme Bank chert mine at Bakewell.

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Posted: 06/10/2016 14:46:18
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I thought rope was needed to get in back of Masson?...

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Posted: 06/10/2016 14:49:52
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ICLOK wrote:

I thought rope was needed to get in back of Masson?...


So did I

Another one he can do is Jug Holes, you can do this in walking boots!

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Posted: 06/10/2016 14:51:29
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No, you can easily free-climb the route that takes you directly into Crichman. The coffin level route in does have a small (c. 4m) shaft but there's a fixed rope, or there was last time I went that way.

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Posted: 06/10/2016 15:30:16
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Been years for me but would like another look, but unsure about route.

So, quarry behind you, facing cavern and Beck Shaft, into the overhang and turn right, climb down at the end?

bet I have this wrong?
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Posted: 06/10/2016 15:45:24
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Unlike Box, you will not find paint, string, tea lights and other tat (or you shouldnt!). Navigation is quite easy with a survey to add interest. Please take a carrier bag to bring out any litter you find IP: 51.9.119.110
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Posted: 06/10/2016 16:51:51
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royfellows wrote:

Been years for me but would like another look, but unsure about route.

So, quarry behind you, facing cavern and Beck Shaft, into the overhang and turn right, climb down at the end?

bet I have this wrong?
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Sounds about right to me. This is the climb down with someone stood at the bottom, a rope is handy on the way up but far from essential.



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Posted: 06/10/2016 16:56:49
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Cheers
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Posted: 06/10/2016 16:58:09
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Roy give me a PM when you want to go in Masson, always happy to have a plod in there.
I live in Matlock anyway.
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Posted: 06/10/2016 19:51:32
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photo is slightly in the wrong perspective to show the easy climb to where you see the bod's Roy, same offer as Darkmole applies. Ric'. IP: 80.41.230.141
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Posted: 06/10/2016 20:03:07
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owd git wrote:

photo is slightly in the wrong perspective to show the easy climb to where you see the bod's Roy, same offer as Darkmole applies. Ric'.


Yes, in retrospect I think my photo shows the fellow at the bottom nearing the top of the climby bit, but to be fair his feet won't be far off the floor Laugh
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Posted: 07/10/2016 17:40:53
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cheers for the plethora of information, very much appreciated. I will bring any rubbish out we find we normally do. Thumb Up

Are all the Locations Pins on the maps, on the forum a exact marker or just there about
IP: 80.1.8.128 Edited: 07/10/2016 18:14:04 by arnie187
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Posted: 07/10/2016 21:30:08
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Masson, Wapping and Mouldridge are fairly close; the latter is a little to the south-east of the actual entrance in the valley bottom. Devonshire's location is a bit out - it's off the footpath heading up the hill from Upperwood Road on the right, there's an obvious "stile" leading to the entrance.

Unfortunately I'm busy this weekend otherwise I'd offer to act as guide!

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