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What is your best mine explore - Cornwall
Posted: 18/02/2014 12:35:55
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Hi all, hope all is well with everyone

Quick question for you all.

There is now a lot of Cornish mine explorers on here and a lot of long standing members.

I am hoping to get some ideas for future visits around the Cornwall mining area.

What is or was your best mine explore in cornwall?


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Posted: 18/02/2014 20:42:39
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My best mine exploration, or visit, was to the undersea sections of Levant, but that's not of much use to anyone looking for good places to visit now. Sad

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Posted: 18/02/2014 20:47:09
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HMMMM!

The Cornish lot tend to not publish much on here.

Try searching the interwebs for "Carbis Bay Crew" and contacting them.

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Posted: 18/02/2014 21:23:50
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There are very few mines that people have permission to go in. The rescue situation has been high profile. Anything on the net could be seen by landowners, who have got quite upset. The general culture is not to put things on the open net.

I personally don't like this, but it is the way it is.
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Posted: 18/02/2014 21:35:52
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Urbanexplorer, What are you looking for in a mine?

Old, new, big stopes, srt etc?

Might narrow it down a bit.

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Posted: 19/02/2014 01:13:27
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Drillbilly. wrote:

There are very few mines that people have permission to go in. The rescue situation has been high profile. Anything on the net could be seen by landowners, who have got quite upset. The general culture is not to put things on the open net.

I personally don't like this, but it is the way it is.


That's certainly the way we all feel, but it's not through lack of trying. I guess it's mostly down to the litigious nature of anything deemed to be 'dangerous' happening on anyone's land, and the potential Sh*t storm it could bring.
This became apparent very quickly when I took up mine exploring over 40 years ago, and things aint changed.
We have lost some very good places, in part due to them becoming 'known' by councils etc. fearing for the safety of 'the public', and the flagrant disregard of personal safety by 'nutters' (mine explorer types) intent on placing themselves in mortal danger for recreational purposes.
I once took a group of officials from Kerrier District Council engineering dept underground in St Day. They thoroughly enjoyed the experience and the head of the department commended us on the safety precautions we took to keep them safe.
It's an unfortunate fact that mine exploring in Cornwall is not seen in the same way as in other more liberal thinking counties.
On a lighter note; I haven't given up hope though - plans in pipelines etc Wink

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Posted: 19/02/2014 17:51:27
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One of my best explores has been Geevor adit, nice trip in there, plenty to see and do, crofty is pretty good also! Had some good trips up there! Flowers IP: 78.149.46.162
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Posted: 19/02/2014 17:56:47
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I think Wheal Roots is well worth a visit too IP: 86.174.134.184
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Posted: 19/02/2014 19:12:29
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Deep South Crofty into the Dolcoath set.
Robinsons Shaft I think.
I believe that it's a bit wet now!
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Posted: 19/02/2014 19:38:47
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Peter Burgess wrote:

My best mine exploration, or visit, was to the undersea sections of Levant, but that's not of much use to anyone looking for good places to visit now. Sad


Hi peter, thanks for the info, will be in my list of visits just purely for looking about and finding all i can about the location know the changes of entering anything are long gone

thanks again



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HMMMM!

The Cornish lot tend to not publish much on here.

Try searching the interwebs for "Carbis Bay Crew" and contacting them.


Hi Wormster,

yep have come across that a lot on open forums and can see the reasons behind most. Explored a lot of mine remains, shafts, adits, etc etc, and some i wouldn't like to post on open forums with fear of anything happening so can see there point but thanks for the info have heard of carbis bay crew will check them out.

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Posted: 19/02/2014 20:08:04
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Drillbilly. wrote:

There are very few mines that people have permission to go in. The rescue situation has been high profile. Anything on the net could be seen by landowners, who have got quite upset. The general culture is not to put things on the open net.

I personally don't like this, but it is the way it is.


Hi drillbilly

It is good that people have access to explore mines fully, around Cornwall most of my explores have been above ground locating old ruins shafts adits anything in relation to the mine ruins I'm exploring. Can fully understand the rescue is high profile as the conditions your entering you would need it to be safe as they say better safe then sorry, can also understand why landowners get upset for different reasons, so see why its not put on open net in fear of losing it all. Im the same bit of a pain for obvious reasons but can understand why.

Thanks


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Urbanexplorer, What are you looking for in a mine?

Old, new, big stopes, srt etc?

Might narrow it down a bit.



what I'm looking for mostly are old mine ruins and everything around it, to be honest. Just wanted to jot people's minds of good mine ruins around that they have visited and enjoyed. I'm hoping in the long run to locate most mines throughout Cornwall and photograph them and find out everything i can of that mine. What it worked and so on for educational purposes and hobby really. Every location i visit i jot down buildings, shaft locations, adits, stamps, sluice's, etc etc. Not really much of a srt person I'm afraid mostly above ground enter the odd adit, if access is open other then that above ground locating everything i see marking them. Hoping to then name shafts etc and find out which shaft adit comes from what mine working in the end.

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Posted: 19/02/2014 20:10:34
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Roy Morton wrote:

Drillbilly. wrote:

There are very few mines that people have permission to go in. The rescue situation has been high profile. Anything on the net could be seen by landowners, who have got quite upset. The general culture is not to put things on the open net.

I personally don't like this, but it is the way it is.


That's certainly the way we all feel, but it's not through lack of trying. I guess it's mostly down to the litigious nature of anything deemed to be 'dangerous' happening on anyone's land, and the potential Sh*t storm it could bring.
This became apparent very quickly when I took up mine exploring over 40 years ago, and things aint changed.
We have lost some very good places, in part due to them becoming 'known' by councils etc. fearing for the safety of 'the public', and the flagrant disregard of personal safety by 'nutters' (mine explorer types) intent on placing themselves in mortal danger for recreational purposes.
I once took a group of officials from Kerrier District Council engineering dept underground in St Day. They thoroughly enjoyed the experience and the head of the department commended us on the safety precautions we took to keep them safe.
It's an unfortunate fact that mine exploring in Cornwall is not seen in the same way as in other more liberal thinking counties.
On a lighter note; I haven't given up hope though - plans in pipelines etc Wink


Very well said, fully agree

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Posted: 19/02/2014 20:20:14
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Sort of places ive explored and some still and marked mine remains as ive gone.

North wheal jane -
old wheal jane -
tremayne
east wheal falmouth
wheal baddern
unity woods - still exploring
nangiles - still exploring
killifreth hawkes

Forgot - Penair mixed mine - yet to find anything

Just wanting to locate mine ruins and all involved with that working, name them as i find them engine houses, chy, shafts, adits, stamps, and so on

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Posted: 19/02/2014 20:32:09
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Bit of a drive from west Cornwall but some seriously moochy woodland around the Tamar valley.
The woods above Lucket are quite interesting.
Lots of places.


Nothing like parting the brush and there in front of you a set of stamps rusting away

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Posted: 19/02/2014 21:05:01
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Get brown and actons series 'exploring Cornwalls mines vols 1-5'

Essential reading
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Posted: 19/02/2014 21:58:41
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royfellows wrote:

Bit of a drive from west Cornwall but some seriously moochy woodland around the Tamar valley.
The woods above Lucket are quite interesting.
Lots of places.


Nothing like parting the brush and there in front of you a set of stamps rusting away


Thanks for that roy,
im always seeking new places, so will take a look,
what end is best to start old mill section?
will take a look at a few maps of the area also

thanks again



Drillbilly. wrote:

Get brown and actons series 'exploring Cornwalls mines vols 1-5'

Essential reading


will take a look thanks for that, are they on Moore Books do you know of?

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Posted: 20/02/2014 07:09:23
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Drillbilly. wrote:

Get brown and actons series 'exploring Cornwalls mines vols 1-5'

Essential reading



Got 1 or 2 of these, which seem to have been written in the 1990's. I wonder if there are any plans for an updated version?
Also pretty sure some of the contributors on this site probably could write some pretty good exploration guides based on past posts!

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Posted: 20/02/2014 09:07:58
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Got 1 or 2 of these, which seem to have been written in the 1990's. I wonder if there are any plans for an updated version?
Also pretty sure some of the contributors on this site probably could write some pretty good exploration guides based on past posts!


Fully agree there Dolcoathguy, some of the info i've seen from maps to comments etc some could me some great explores think it was Roy fellows pics/maps i was looking at which are fully in depth plans from above and below with a lot of named stuff shafts etc which is really what im looking for to be able to note mine ruins from everything ive said above and so far following stuff from certain members on here i have found out so much so fully agree with your comment be good to have that sort of stuff about

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Posted: 20/02/2014 09:10:03
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Drillbilly. wrote:

Get brown and actons series 'exploring Cornwalls mines vols 1-5'

Essential reading



Found them and can source them local to me so will start to grab them have a look.


Is there any other books you can recommend me sourcing old maps anything with names from shafts to engine house etc etc

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Posted: 20/02/2014 11:41:00
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Nothing like parting the brush and there in front of you a set of stamps rusting away



Fully agree. Few places ive been i often sit down and picture what it would of been like when fully operational. Why i love exploring mine workings, to picture it before during and after. Nothing like coming across mine workings that otherwise without looking and exploring would be forgotten.

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