New Meets Added for 2019

FORTHCOMING MEETS (visit trips page if you are interested in attending)
Underground Trip: Arrock Black Marble Mine, Ashford – Tuesday 12th March 2019.
LEADER: Paul Chandler (PDMHS/Masson Caving Group).
To book your place(s), meeting arrangements, please contact Paul Chandler.
Evening trip. Easy grade, dry trip. There is a short, low crawl near the entrance, which leads into the main part of the mine. The remainder of the mine is mainly walking or stooping size. Arrock is quite different to the Rookery Black Marble Mine nearby in that timber has been used to support the roof, some of which you might say has seen better days! Although less extensive than the Rookery Mine, it is arguably more interesting. BCA Public Liability Insurance Cover or similar, essential. Access is by permission from Chatsworth Estate. Optional drink after trip in Bulls Head Inn, Ashford. References: Derbyshire Black Marble by J M Tomlinson, PDMHS Special Publication No.4 (1996) and Mining History (PDMHS) Vol.20, No.3 (2018). PDMHS MEET – “All welcome”. NOTE: I only organise this trip every two years, next in 2021.
Underground Trip: Holmebank Chert Mine, Bakewell – Tuesday 26th March 2019. 
LEADER: Paul Chandler (PDMHS/Masson Caving Group).
To book your place(s), meeting arrangements, please contact Paul Chandler.
Evening trip. Easy grade, dry trip (although lowest workings are flooded). An ideal trip for novices and also of interest to experienced explorers. Mostly large, walking or stooping size passages and easy scrambles. The mine is quite extensive, with around five miles of passages! The
popular through trip is planned, exiting via the quarry entrance, with various points of interest enroute. An interesting mine and well worth bringing a camera. BCA Public Liability Insurance Cover or similar, essential. Access by permission from Oldfield Design, Bakewell.
References: Mining History (PDMHS) Vol.13, No.5 (1998) and Vol.19, No.6 (2017). PDMHS MEET – “All welcome”.
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Trips Update

FEBRUARY

Saturday 3 & 10 – Locations TBC – These will be specifically for beginners and subject to numbers etc.

Sat 17 Feb – Nettle Pot – Serious SRT.

Sat 17 Feb – Duckmanton Railway Cutting. Joint trip with PDMS. Only 5 places for MCG.

MARCH
Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th March – “North Wales Mines Weekend”

Tuesday 13th March (Evening trip) – Holmebank Chert Mine, Bakewell.

Sun 18th March – Gautries – For all you mud lovers! Needs a trip co-ord.

Tuesday 27th March (Evening trip/Date tbc) – Pretoria Chert Mine, Bakewell.
Further details will be posted in due course, timings and organiser etc.

APRIL

Sat 14 April – Long Kin East Rift Exchange – More SRT mayhem.

MAY

Sun 13th May – Bar Pot via SE Chamber – More classic Yorkshire SRT.

JUNE

Sat 23rd June – Coniston Copper Mines.

If you would like to add to the meets list please contact the meets co-ord Adrian Pedley:

Trips update For 2018

Trips for 2018:
JANUARY
Sunday 14th January – Goodluck Mine, Via Gellia.

Sunday 28th January – Wapping Mine/Cumberland Cavern, Matlock Bath.

FEBRUARY

Saturday 3 & 10 – Locations TBC – These will be specifically for beginners and subject to numbers etc.

MARCH
Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th March – “North Wales Mines Weekend”

Tuesday 13th March (Evening trip) – Holmebank Chert Mine, Bakewell.

Tuesday 27th March (Evening trip/Date tbc) – Pretoria Chert Mine, Bakewell.
Further details will be posted in due course, timings and organiser etc.

Knotlow and Hillocks Sat 7 Oct 2017

Knotlow & Hillocks Mine Sat 7 Oct 2017. Six members, Jim Borrington Adrian Pedley Frances Porter Michael Ian Smith James Barradale & Christine Wilson split into two teams to attempt the double exchange of Knotlow and Hillocks. This was of course after the traditional pre descent breakfast, this time in the Old Smithy in Monyash. It’s fair to say there was a fast team, and an even faster team! First exchange was in the pump room. There was a lot of water pouring dawn the waterfall shaft so no further exploration was attempted. Meccano passage was briefly suggested but even more quickly discounted. By the time the fast team had reached the surface the faster team were already rigging the main shaft in Hillocks. Fast team then got to work dropping down the Wharf Climbing shaft. The faster team were waiting patiently at the bottom of the mine by the time Frances, James and myself were in the main cavern. An uneventful ascent soon saw the whole team back on the surface only to be greeted by a foul change of weather. It was then back to the cafe for a well earned coffee and cake (and chips). Unfortunately the photographer was not in a very creative mood so there were only a couple of useable shots!

Clean up at Holmbank Churt Mine

HOLMEBANK CHERT MINE, BAKEWELL – Wednesday 30th August 2017.
Objective of this evening trip was to undertake removal of graffiti, which had appeared in the mine, during June this year. A joint Masson Caving Group/Peak District Mines Historical Society team, comprising; Vicky Bell, Fatima Oliveira, plus Chris, Dave, Adam(PDMHS) & Paul Chandler(Project Co-ordinator) armed with wirebrushes, etc made short work of cleaning graffiti off flat bed wagon and then got busy on a trail of the graffiti through the mine. Some of the graffiti though, proved quite stubborn to remove. Not quite finished, but bulk of job done. A great team effort! Thanks guys.

Paul Chandler
Masson CG/PDMHS