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Threlkeld/Gategill Middle Level
Posted: 16/01/2012 18:48:01
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I've recently moved to Threlkeld and have an extensive caving background but little experience of mine exploration. I'm interested in Gategill Middle Level having explored the low level. Has anyone been into this? I'm a bit concerned about the stability of the sloping entrance and cracked roof !! Is access possible from the 500 ft level shaft above?
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Posted: 17/01/2012 09:29:00
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The comment on this photo suggests its run-in but i've never visited the site myself.


If you live in Threlkeld pop down to the Mining Museum in Kewsick and speak to Ian Tyler, i'm sure he will know.

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Threlkeld/Gategill Middle Level
Posted: 17/01/2012 09:42:46
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There is still an entrance above the level shown in the picture.
Been in a short way Its just not very inspiring from a cavers perspective so don't know if this is typical of whats encountered in mines Until I find out more I'm reserving judgement and keeping out. Anyone with more experience care to poke there nose in and pass judgement? Confused
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Posted: 17/01/2012 10:51:18
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I looked at these levels years ago and they didn't go far.
The deep adit goes but entry releases large amounts of ochre so its best kept out of. Nothing much to see in there anyway.

My recommendation is to join the Mines of Lakeland Exploration Society, you can visit the Keswick museum and do this at the same time.
They organise some good trips for people of all levels of expertise.

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Threlkeld/Gategill Middle Level
Posted: 17/01/2012 12:46:21
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Looked at the shaft in the higher level a couple years back but have never been sufficiently motivated to going back with gear. Should get my arse out of gear really.

The little walk-in levels along that side of the fells don't really represent the best Cumbria has to offer, its worth giving some of the better known places a shot.
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Posted: 17/01/2012 22:27:05
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Speak to Ian at the Keswick mining museum ,you will find that he has for sale a number of books ,published obout the mines of the lakes ,Carrock@The Mines of Skiddaw and Blencathra is the one you need. Smile

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Posted: 18/01/2012 22:43:47
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If you are a caver I would advise you to join MOLES. Your presence on meets will significantly reduce the average waist size but your nerves will be shot though in no time. IP: 82.21.82.213
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Posted: 05/03/2012 13:13:22
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I looked at these levels years ago and they didn't go far.
The deep adit goes but entry releases large amounts of ochre so its best kept out of. Nothing much to see in there anyway.

What is the problem with ochre? I've now had a look in the 500ft level to the ventilation shaft. I haven't descended this yet.
Looks tempting?
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Posted: 05/03/2012 13:21:21
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The problem is that it washes out into local streams and gets official bodies in a tizz....

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Posted: 05/03/2012 16:17:25
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AR wrote:

The problem is that it washes out into local streams and gets official bodies in a tizz....


Yes!

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