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Report - Corrie & Sannox Mines, Arran - May 2013

Discussion in 'Mines and Quarries' started by BenCooper, May 22, 2013.

  1. BenCooper

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    Family and work stuff means I've had sod-all time to do anything recently, but a family holiday on Arran a few weeks ago was a good excuse to get underground :)

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    Corrie and Sannox are two villages next to each other on the Northeast coast of the island - the mines aren't linked, though. The first one I explored was the limestone mine above Corrie. The mine follows a seam down at about 45 degrees, with several entrances.

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    There's some evidence of trackways on the surface, and some underground too - this was about 200m in.

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    Much of the mine is distinctly dodgy, though - lots of evidence of fresh rockfall, and in some places the limestone was just hanging off the ceiling - I was pretty nervous sitting under this :)

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    On the surface, there are some derelict lime furnaces:

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    And the bottom mine is used for storage:

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    Next, up in Glen Sannox, is a barytes mine that first operated in the 1860s before closing and reopening briefly around WW1.

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    The mine follows a near-vertical fault - the lowest adit is very flooded.

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    The next one up looks promising, though waders will be needed.

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    But the one above that was do-able.

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    Finally, a view from the top adit, showing the trackway leading to the middle adit.

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    That's it :)
     
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