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Posted: 29/09/2010 12:18:39
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So, shall we do a Euro mine visit in 2011 then Wink Flowers

Any thoughts?
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Posted: 29/09/2010 12:53:41
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Oh aye, would be well up for that.
Spain? There's been talk on here in the last year or two about the mines of Murcia and to the north of Alicante just a short(ish) hop away from Murcia there are loads of both abandoned and still working limestone quarries which I've seen from the train. No idea whether there are any underground workings. Not for the height of summer though!

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Posted: 29/09/2010 13:01:26
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RJV wrote:

Oh aye, would be well up for that.
Spain? There's been talk on here in the last year or two about the mines of Murcia and to the north of Alicante just a short(ish) hop away from Murcia there are loads of both abandoned and still working limestone quarries which I've seen from the train. No idea whether there are any underground workings. Not for the height of summer though!


I also noticed loads around Murcia, it could be a lot of fun, especially with the potential of cheap flights over there. We could also nip up the coast for a night out in Benidorm? Big Grin
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Posted: 29/09/2010 13:35:40
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RichardLevett wrote:


We could also nip up the coast for a night out in Benidorm? Big Grin


Oh Joy!
Luxembourg has pleny of iron mines though its either been too cold to go and find them or too hot to do anything but drink whenever I've been there. When I looked into them before I formed the opinion that some would be open however how I've arrived at that conclusion no longer remains clear.

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Posted: 29/09/2010 18:57:47
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Diamond Mines in South Africa anyone? I'm sure they'd let you bring out samples!!!! Shocked

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Posted: 29/09/2010 19:10:49
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RJV wrote:

RichardLevett wrote:


We could also nip up the coast for a night out in Benidorm? Big Grin


Oh Joy!
Luxembourg has pleny of iron mines though its either been too cold to go and find them or too hot to do anything but drink whenever I've been there. When I looked into them before I formed the opinion that some would be open however how I've arrived at that conclusion no longer remains clear.


Looks like theres lots in Luxembourg , although this site seems to suggest he's posting photos of places that are now inaccessible, which is a shame when you look at some of the photos.

[web link]

I think a lot of the stuff we saw around Alicante was marble quarrying, theres some pics and videos here.

[web link]
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Posted: 29/09/2010 19:26:41
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I have to admit the idea of Eastern Europe really appeals to me. Especially now I know there are slate mines there... IP: 95.148.45.155
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Posted: 29/09/2010 19:34:40
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We went to Luxembourg last year. In the France/Lux/Belgium triangle there are more show mines per square inch than I have ever found before in one area. Each nation has it's own iron museum mine plus loads of private/group ones. Some friendly, some not. None speak English.
I met a Luxembourg explorer who took me to a couple of sites but most are blocked or being blocked. It is a criminal offence there to trespass in mines and the police are quite hot about it and visit laybys and 'usual haunts'.
The mines are very extensive, thousands of kilometres and navigation is a big problem. After we left them, my friend was doing a through trip of 25Km on mountain bikes!
Sadly France is catching up on the sealing of mines and I believe it is illegal there too. The famous Mines de Bentailliou in the Pyrenees and several more have been bulldozed after a fatality. Other areas have been re-sealed recently too. This year we visited the iron mines around Mt. Canigou in the eastern Pyrenees and all were newly sealed.
Spain appears a bit more laid back in the Pyrenees area at least.

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Posted: 29/09/2010 22:37:20
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Anywhere exept France!

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Posted: 29/09/2010 22:42:58
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France wouldn't be too good anyway, all disused mine sites are properly off limits. I'm definitely not intending to look at some one day.

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Posted: 29/09/2010 22:46:19
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Would the Siberian salt mines too be too far east?

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Posted: 30/09/2010 22:04:17
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Hmm, that's an awfully long way. In fact it might even be quicker to travel West Laugh

Poland and the Czech Republic are on the doorstep in comparison...

As an aside, have always wanted to visit Chernobyl, and have just realised that's closer to N Wales than it is to Siberia...

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Posted: 01/10/2010 15:39:18
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Could do a lot worse than the Harz - Some great mining museums plus there is a local Mine exploration group (Roter Bar) at St Andreasburg who are a nice bunch of guys. IP: 86.155.92.220
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Posted: 01/10/2010 17:28:40
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simonrl wrote:

Hmm, that's an awfully long way. In fact it might even be quicker to travel West Laugh

Poland and the Czech Republic are on the doorstep in comparison...

As an aside, have always wanted to visit Chernobyl, and have just realised that's closer to N Wales than it is to Siberia...
Just been talking to Meaty about this for next year... Might be a little bit urbex for some but certainly interesting all the same.. and ive got tokens to go as long as its before May
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Posted: 01/10/2010 17:41:43
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Happy with anywhere east. The Harz certainly looks promising having had the briefest of glances at Wiki.
Pre-May is fine too. Just have to make sure take a big warm hat and have a belly full of dodgy East-European spirits.

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Posted: 01/10/2010 20:01:30
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There is the V2 factory in the Hartz mountains as well.

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Tamarmole wrote:

Could do a lot worse than the Harz - Some great mining museums plus there is a local Mine exploration group (Roter Bar) at St Andreasburg who are a nice bunch of guys.


Their website certainly looks promising

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Posted: 01/10/2010 20:22:28
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Shall we try to arrange something then?

Also thinking about other meets next year.

The N Wales long weekend was a good one, hopefully we can arrange that again.

I'd also really like to try to arrange weekends next year in Nent and Cornwall (having never been to Cornwall, never mind underground in Cornwall)

Probably a subject for another thread!

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Posted: 01/10/2010 20:51:24
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I suppose when and how long for would be a start. April? Long weekend? A week? Not fussed where really so long as I don't have to travel to Gatwick or some similarly godawful place to get there.

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Posted: 01/10/2010 21:54:06
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simonrl wrote:

Weekends next year in Nent and Cornwall (having never been to Cornwall, never mind underground in Cornwall)

Probably a subject for another thread!


A whole kettle of fish in itself, but if you want a Nent-fest then it can be sorted.
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