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underground in Wales

Posted in coal mine, Iron mine, mine, Wales with tags , , , on March 24, 2012 by jakeofwinterhill

Note: from Dad This was a underground exploration with full kit plus very experienced leaders ,
It is not something that you should  undertake lightly or on your own ,

I had to set off early in the morning as this was a long drive from our house ,  this mine was where they  mined iron and coal

one of the pit props

some of the coal  we found ,

a old rail

I had to clamber over a lot of rocks and boulders as the mine had different levels.

people were very kind to me and told me a lot of things about how they used to mine, they took time to explain things to me and to keep me safe

one of the tunnels we don’t have a good camera which can take photos in the dark  , my dad had to take the photos !

I had to climb over some big boulders I really enjoyed this and was very grateful I had been invited

old stone rail tracks ?

me next to a pit prop

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Keld ,Crack pot Hall, Beldi Lead Mines and Swinner Gill.

Posted in Beldi Lead Mines, Crack pot Hall, Keld, mine, Mine adit, Swaledale, Swinner Gill, waterfalls, Yorkshire dales with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 14, 2011 by jakeofwinterhill

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keld,_North_Yorkshire
http://www.focaldepth.co.uk/index.php?page=10&sel=1&catg=&search=
http://www.mindat.org/loc-4873.html
http://www.aucu61.dsl.pipex.com/swaledal.htm
http://www.aboutbritain.com/towns/keld.asp
http://www.brillmusica.com/images/Images27/index.html
http://www.waterfallsoftheyorkshiredales.co.uk/info28981.html
http://www.pdmhs.com/PDFs/ScannedBulletinArticles/Bulletin%2011-4%20-%20The%20AD%20Lead%20Mines%20in%20Swaledale,%20Yorkshire.pdf

Keld is in the Yorkshire dales -swaledale

Fossils, they look like old worms !

searching a mine tunnel ?

old rail from one of the mines !

me on a old tractor !

http://www.magneticnorthphotography.com/photo4110347.html
http://www.flickr.com/photos/36652311@N03/5016709847/
http://www.mindat.org/sitegallery.php?loc=215050

Crackpot Hall , the kitchen ,

this is how they used to have a bath its a old tin bath

can you see the date ?

mine adit

river bed – swinner gill

lead vein

gill scrambling
This is a waterfall -its dry at the moment – I climbed this

at the top of the  waterfall

waterfall – old mine tunnel on left blocked after a few feet

the river disappears underground but does flow down the valley normally

old mine bridge

mine adit – crackpot hall

This hill was steep

Note from dad :
This is a steep Hill decent – my trainers couldn’t cope , Jake just kept on going !!!

http://www.aditnow.co.uk/mines/Beldi-Hill-Lead-Mine/
http://beldymine.piczo.com/?cr=3
http://www.aditnow.co.uk/album/Beldi-Hill-Lead-Mine-User-Album/?uid=988
http://www.mine-explorer.co.uk/mines/Beldi-hill_3046/Beldi-hill.asp
http://www.mine-explorer.co.uk/view_picture.asp?id=31305
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tom-swailes/3299499735/
http://www.mindat.org/locdana-4873.html

mine ore processing remains

old mine pulley ?
inside the mine tunnel

along the mine tunnel  please be careful !!!!!

plants do not grow – this is because its toxic waste from the minerals in the mine waste

http://www.sanoodi.com/routes/keld-310160/

This is my route

Wilderswood, Winter Hill ,Horwich in the snow up to 3ft in drits -4 to -6 c

Posted in Bolton, Cabin Pit, fell running, Horwich, Ice, mine, Mine adit, Old mine, Rivington, Two lads, underground, water tunnels, wilderswood, Wilderswood water tunnel, winter hill with tags , , , , , , on December 21, 2010 by jakeofwinterhill

Two Lads and winter Hill mast – view from wilderswood car park

http://www.daveweb.co.uk/whvol2.pdf

P48

 

“Although Winter Hill is a wonderful “playground” and a place of great

beauty and fascination for many of us, we should always be aware of the

hidden dangers at all times, and do all we can to minimise them.

Unfortunately, many of us like the bleakness and solitude of the place,

and often go wandering around on our own – and at times when there is

perhaps nobody else around on the moors – and in the most appalling

weather conditions! Some would call us foolhardy, but this is our choice

and what we choose to do – and we would defend our right to do just this

– so long as we are all aware of the possible dangers and we dress and

equip ourselves to minimise the risks.

In poor weather never underestimate Winter Hill. The bogs really ARE

there. The visibility really CAN vanish totally within 60 seconds. The

body surface temperature plus the chill factor for those unsuitably

dressed, really CAN drop to –10C or more on top of the Hill.

DO take care on Winter Hill ….. but enjoy it! Remember. It CAN bite”

 

today the weather was – 4c dropping to -6c combined with scrambling along a  ice covered stream with a water at 3C,  the  snow was waste high for Jake in several parts of the  scramble,  The road was passable with care (I saw two local  cars get stuck and they were just moving their cars off the driveway to the small car park opposite their houses , get stuck up here and  you have a long walk in these temperature’s with wet -ice covered clothing( in this case ) is not a a positive experience for a 7 year old!

 

http://www.sanoodi.com/routes/wilderswood-snow-304302/

 

ice stream scramble

me on the ice -scrambling down a set of steps

me stamping on the ice BANG!

me waking on the ice

 

the ice is slippery

me sliding dawn the ice

 

a branch is in the way

this snow is slippery

Note from Dad insulate yourself when sitting down -Jake enjoyed the Hot chocolate !

 

giant block of ice

Mine audit in the snow -this is blocked after a few meters

tree in the way

 

going in the and through the water tunnel

 

 

exit to a tunnel

Cabin Pit

note from Dad :change of gloves  was all that was needed to keep Jake warm – picking up ice out of the water was too much for one set of gloves!

 

see Jakes other Blogs for more information  and pictures in the summer,

http://jakeofwinterhill.blogspot.com/search/label/wilderswood

 

http://jakeofwinterhill.blogspot.com/search/label/Wilderswood%20water%20tunnel

 


Good local heritage site

http://www.horwichheritage.co.uk/heritagecentre.htm

Good fossil guide to this area

http://www.daveweb.co.uk/whfossil.pdf

 

Bolton Mountain rescue

http://www.boltonmrt.org.uk/go.php?page=main

 

Darwen Moor mines , Turn Lowe, Blackburn and Darwen , mist and -2C

Posted in Blackburn With Darwen, Bolton, disused tip, fell running, Ice, Lancashire, mine, Old Bricks, Old mines, Old Quarry, Turn Lowe, Turton Moor, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 12, 2010 by jakeofwinterhill

http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/467113

known as  Pasture Barn Farm ruins

http://jakeofwinterhill.blogspot.com/2010/11/cranberry-moss-bull-hill-darwen-old.html

http://jakeofwinterhill.blogspot.com/2010/11/cranberry-moss-bull-hill-darwen-old.html

http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1838580

Winter Hill with the Fog coming in you can see the plane trails high in the sky – mast is to the right

me on the ice

Note from Dad: most of the route was clear but ice patches on the top were found

iron pipe in the grass -from the Mine?

me looking at the ruins

a old building

http://www.flickr.com/photos/28709338@N04/3426482035/

better photo of this type of  Brick

Brick from Joseph Higson Daubhill Brickworks Bolton

http://www.boltonrevisited.org.uk/s-about-daubhill.html location of Brickworks,

a metal pipe ?

Note from dad :some aspects of the building were odd for a farm

mist coming in over the mine above the farm ruins – the other half is flooded

in the mist at Turn Lowe,  The mist took 30 minutess to come down across our route making it cold and difficult to see,

me on a capped mine shaft – poor visibility which got worse as it became dark

http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/467091

better day and photo!

another shaft

old mine shaft and a mine  tip

me doing a roly-poly down the hill – have fun as well !!

Route we took

http://www.sanoodi.com/routes/darwen-moor-mines-304074/

http://www.sanoodi.com/routes/darwen-moor-mines-304076/

history of mines in this area

http://www.cottontown.org/page.cfm?language=eng&pageID=1251

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_collieries_in_Lancashire_since_1854

About the area around Darwen

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darwen

http://www.blackburn.gov.uk/

http://www.darwenfc.com/

http://www.darwendashers.co.uk/

http://www.cottontown.org/page.cfm?pageid=418&language=eng

http://prestonwalkies.blogspot.com/2010/08/darwen-moor-and-jubilee-tower.html

http://www.unitedutilities.com/Roddlesworth.aspx

http://www.blackburn.gov.uk/server.php?show=ConWebDoc.20535&viewPage=2

see section Section 20 – 21

Cranberry Moss, Bull Hill, Darwen, – Old mines,Quarries and Old Brickwork site ?.

Posted in A666, Blackburn With Darwen, Bull Hill, colliery, Cranberry Moss, Deer, fell running, Lancashire, mine, Old Bricks, Old brickworks, Old mines, Old Quarry, winter hill with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 21, 2010 by jakeofwinterhill

Stone quarry
Note from Dad this was in line with the mines found later but no sign of any coal mine waste

on top of the quarry

looking towards the mines

hot chocolate on top of a mine waste tip

can you see Darwen tower ? and me of course !
to collect water ?

on top of a yet another  mine

 

 

mine entrances

stone sleeper ?

to another  mine  -in line with the quarry

long stone – part of the mine ?

I love hot chocolate -see the bricks?  – another old mine

another mine shaft

DANGEROUS BOG-KEEP OUT

Bull Hill Brickworks ?

brick kiln
see the picture of the Bull Hill Brick from this Kiln ?
two deer can you see them ?
last of the mines we saw – we came across around 32 old mines -too many to inspect each one
reasons for this area being full of mines ?
“The Entwistles used to sink little pits on Cranberry Moss, They were what was called Darwen yard mines .just a  few yards deep, coals were bought up by windlass, and sent to Turton, there was  fighting amongst the men. Some of them were too lazy to go down for coal, but when it was brought up they would fight for its ownership”
referance to Darwen yard mines
http://cottontown.org/page.cfm?LANGUAGE=eng&pageID=1251
Our route
weather Cold  below 4c, High chill factor, Jake is now in winter grade clothing , we have changed Jakes socks to include a  waterproof /Breathable layer plus thermal layer, He has brand new Walsh PB’s for increased traction.

 

 

Useful links
Information about the River Darwen which starts on Cranberry Moss

Bull hill maternity hospital
reference to mining at Cranberry moss
fireclay accidents – mines on cranberry moss
reference to mine in this area

 

Disused Turton Moor Colliery/brickworks site ?, Turton Moor, near Belmont ,Blackburn With Darwen

Posted in Belmont, Blackburn With Darwen, colliery, Lancashire, mine, Old brickworks, Old mines, Railway, Tramway, Turton Moor, winter hill with tags , , , , , , , , , , on November 13, 2010 by jakeofwinterhill

spooky woods

tramway to the mine

going up the mountain

Whitaker, Darwen brick

http://www.penmorfa.com/bricks/england8.html
site about bricks

Bull Hill Fire Clay works Darwin – look at the Brick
Note from Dad
http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/34497
at Bull Hill there was a sanatorium , plus evidence of mines -based upon maps unknown location of the Brickworks ?

http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1731735
Turton Moor Colliery site ? two shafts Winter Hill on right hand side in the background

Turton Moor Colliery  view of site looking down the hill

Turton Moor Colliery  -another waste tip ?

Turton Moor Colliery  waste tips -lots of burnt coal ?

Turton Moor Brick Works – lots of old bricks here !

4 ramps for the tramway ?

where they put the gold 😉  in the spooky woods -the woods were very dark and  wet!


Dads Note :pipe works by Blackburn Road,? lot of iron engine mounting’s found as well

http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=53115
history of the Blackburn and Darwin area

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Pennine_Moors
information about the West Pennine Moors


http://www.westpenninemoors.com/discover_intro
information about the West Pennine Moors

http://www.enotes.com/topic/West_Pennine_Moors
information about the West Pennine Moors


http://www.blackburn.gov.uk/server.php?show=ConWebDoc.21132&setPaginate=No
Walks in this area with ref to pipe works by Blackburn Road,


http://www.cottontown.org/page.cfm?pageid=257
history of the Blackburn and Darwin area

RSPB Geltsdale, New venture drift/Howgill colliery and Forest head lime works,Cumbria

Posted in Brampton, Carlisle, Cumbria, fell running, Foggy, gairs, Kirkhouse Bricks, mine, Mine adit, Nature, Old mines, Old Quarry, underground with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 29, 2010 by jakeofwinterhill

New venture drift -wast tip

“Howgill Colliery – Another early Thompson project was the Howgill Colliery which was a drift connected to the Blacksyke Branch near Forest Head. Howgill was closed in 1880 but sections of it were worked many decades later to help boost the dwindling coal resources. In 1919 the Naworth Coal Company was again considering fresh mining activities closec to the old Howgill Colliery and the Venture drift was reopened beside the Gairs Branch south of Forest Head which entered the Howgill seam this was called the New Venture Drift. At its peak in 1923 it employed 46 below ground and 16 on the surface and finally closed in 1934”.
taken from http://www.cumbria-railways.co.uk/brampton_railway_mines.html

pipes from the mine -these are used to vent gases from tunnels

entrance to the drift mine -taken from the top of the drift entrance

we heard  water which sounded like it was from a  hollow tunnel -one of the other entrances to the drift mine!
railway cutting  to Gains colliery disused

a wall – look carefully a pipe !

a pipe to fill the water tank in the  steam trains ?

a water tank – pipe to the railway cutting  + valve found to control the water flow

a rainbow

capped mine shaft

mine waste tip

red lichen flower found on mine waste tip

forest head lime works,
very windy and wet on the ground

lime kilns

info about Lime Kiln’s

inside a lime kiln

mine ?

Railway loading bay

railway cutting disused

lime kiln waste

kirkhouse brick

RSPB Geltsdale -back at last
Weather: very wet ,windy high chill factor very strong winds which were very gusty visibility generally good  though, very tiring to be out and about on the high fells so we kept to the lowland parts , we will come back to this area.
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