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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.
Links to local area


Local places to shop


local photo
route
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Coniston Old Man Mine or Moss head Slate Quarry -part 3

Posted in Coniston, Cumbria, fell running, Lake District, moss head mine, Old mines, Old Quarry, Tramway, underground with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 25, 2010 by jakeofwinterhill

overlooking the mine -Coniston village in the background

down the slate along the slate track

having a rest

sunbathing -this is a doorway look carefully!

a very big wheel -part of the slate transport ?

the railway that goes nowhere -nickname railway of doom

in the mine -the torch has 1m candle watts of  power only shows up a small part of the mine

in the big dark mine

a video of the trip inside the mine

exit from mine

looking at the view to Coniston lake  from another railway track

across the slate waste with Coniston in the background

big pieces of slate

view of  Coniston lake , the car park where we parked is just visable

nearly back to the car

see part 1 and 2 for further details  – of the trip

Links :

http://www.mapmyrun.com/route/united-kingdom/null/178128558938845890

http://www.sanoodi.com/routes/coniston-old-man-mine-299778/

use the 3 D display to see the complete route in mapmyrun

1341 feet climb in total , climb to the mine has a ranking  of 1 which is the most severe climb rating without climbing using ropes , 4.21 miles total  completed in 3.5 hours, pause time in mines exploring 1.5 hours,

Coniston Old Man Mine or Moss head Slate Quarry Part 1, lake district

Posted in Coniston, Cumbria, fell running, Lake District, Old mine, slate mine, Tramway, underground, Youth Hostel with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 25, 2010 by jakeofwinterhill

this is the youth hostel we stayed at

the view is beautiful

this hill is very hard to run up it became steeper later on !

a old truck?

slate waste-very hard to run up -see the video below!

a iron  rope for  moving the slate

we  followed the iron rope to locate the mine up the mountain – Coniston Old Man

iron pole for sliding and for moving the slate -can you see the rail tracks ?

machine made in Leeds

the first mine site

this is a tunnel ,this was blocked after 40 feet

on top of the first tunnel

Links :


http://www.mapmyrun.com/route/united-kingdom/null/178128558938845890

http://www.sanoodi.com/routes/coniston-old-man-mine-299778/

use the 3 D display to see the complete route in mapmyrun

1341 feet climb in total , climb to the mine has a ranking  of 1 which is the most severe climb rating without climbing , 4.21 miles total  completed in 3.5 hours, pause time in mines exploring 1.5 hours,

Fermont Fort maginot line, France

Posted in Fermont, France, Maginot Line, underground with tags , , , , , , , , on August 26, 2010 by jakeofwinterhill

this is the main entrance to the fort

this is a 88 mm German gun

this is a really noisy train

a very narrow passage

this is a turret that moves up and down.

Iron Trough,mines at Wilderswood/Rivington,Winter Hill, Horwich

Posted in fell running, Old mines, Rivington, Rivington Pike, underground, water tunnel, wilderswood with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 16, 2010 by jakeofwinterhill

this is a iron trough

wilderswood main shaft -capped

this hole is blowing very cold air!

this is Rivington drift mine.

this is a plastic bnck.!

Before the water tunnel

after the tunnel -this time just my feet got wet !

GPS Route is online at
http://www.sanoodi.com/routes/wilderswood-294070/

Links
http://www.d.lane.btinternet.co.uk/winterpike.html best mine site Rivington pike,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drift_mining what was a drift mine

http://www.d.lane.btinternet.co.uk/wilders3.html wilderswood mine site

http://www.mineexplorer.org.uk/winterhill.htm another mine site

http://www.horwichheritage.co.uk/heritagecentre.htm Horwich Heritage centre

http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=52990 Horwich history overview

Winter Hill – Brickworks,mines (part one)

Posted in Horwich, Mine adit, Old brickworks, Old mine, underground, winter hill with tags , , , , , , on August 5, 2010 by jakeofwinterhill

brickworks tunnel?

other end of  tunnel?

 

what is this?

mine adit bricked up

mine shaft capped off and  fenced off

Links
Winter Hill site

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winter_Hill_(North_West_England)

Best winter Hill document !!!!
http://www.d.lane.btinternet.co.uk/winterhillthebook.htm

underground in the mines of winter hill
http://www.28dayslater.co.uk/forums/showthread.php?t=7870

about the fireclay which the brickworks used
http://www.about-rivington.co.uk/acatalog/Winter_Hill_Mines.html

 

Wilderswood mines and water tunnels,Wilderswood,Horwich

Posted in Horwich, Old mine, Old mines, underground, water tunnels, wilderswood, Wilderswood water tunnel, winter hill with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 31, 2010 by jakeofwinterhill

I like this place because you can find interesting things.

This is the entrance to the mine shaft.

This is me in the water tunnel.

Link to a good walking site
http://prestonwalkies.blogspot.com/2007/04/wilderswood-and-winter-hill.html
Good local history site
http://www.about-horwich.co.uk/horwich/Wilderswood_Mill.html