The Northern flanks of the Caldbeck Hills were heavily mined over hundreds of years. Today the area makes for a fascinating tour taking in beautifully preserved mines dating back to the 1500’s right through to the 20th century. This requires quite a strenuous walk on rough tracks and up fairly steep slopes. But the rewards amply repay the effort. Warren will lead the meet. Warren has an extensive knowledge of these mines and a guided tour like this is a fantastic opportunity to discover the mining heritage of this wild and remote area.
The day includes an opportunity to visit Silvergill Mine (or the “New Stollen”), an extraordinary and very old working which was reopened by CAT 20 years ago. This is a locked level so not normally accessible due to the historic secrets hidden within.
The meeting point is the parking area 50 yards south of Fellside Farm for a 10am start.
Be prepared for a full days walk and dress for the weather conditions with a packed lunch. Helmet, Headtorch and Gloves a good idea, plus a spare dry pair of socks as some levels are knee deep in water. No technical requirements beyond fell walking and a bit of Gill Scrambling. One optional SRT pitch for those who wish.
Note – mine exploration is a high-risk sport and it is not possible to remove all risks. Whilst CATMHS seek to support exploration in a safe manner, it must be recognised that significant risks will remain and the safety of the activity will ultimately depend on the ability of the group and individual participants to take sensible actions to ensure exploration is conducted with a reasonable margin of safety. However, accidents can happen and luck plays a part in this. All participants must accept the risks involved and agree to hold CATMHS and meet leaders harmless in the event of loss, injury or death.