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Report - Holme Bank Chert Mine - Bakewell, Derbyshire [August 2016]

Discussion in 'Mines and Quarries' started by elhomer12, Aug 29, 2016.

  1. elhomer12

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    Holme Bank was the last of two operational chert mines in Derbyshire the other being the Pretoria Mine, both at Bakewell. The chert bed lies on a 1 in 3.7 gradient and the mine was subject to flooding in severe winters. Illumination was by mains electricity in addition to carbide lamps carried by the miners.

    The Explore
    Being a mine virgin previously I tagged along with @mineorluke and a few other guys who may or may not be members here... I don't have a clue :p Overall it was an interesting day out, and after stopping by Middleton, we headed to Bakewell, via Matlock for some chips. After a bit trouble losing each other on the way in, and a nosey local telling us "you can't park here, its residential..", we found a place to park our small convoy.

    So after locating an entrance we headed inside. It definitely is quite a photogenic mine, but also somewhat unnerving when you're walking under old wooden beams that are bending, and sections propped up with wood and stone piles. We didn't spend too long in the mine due to this, some of the sections we passed through looked far from safe, and I'm sure I heard a cracking noise after passing under one beam. Another section had a recent (so the other guys said) partial roof collapse, so we headed back out and found another entrance to avoid it.

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  2. The Wombat

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    Another good report :thumb
    Underground photography can be so rewarding
    Good work
     
  3. subground.info

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    Really nice Pictures and interesting Report.
     
  4. Wevsky

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    The place had suffered hat looked like fresh falls last year so you are right to be a little worried,that or just try and avoid looking at the roof ,nice pics there mate !
     
  5. KM_Punk

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    Nice set of snaps :thumb
    I must come to one these mine trips
     
  6. Will Knot

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    Great pics :thumb
     
  7. mineorluke

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    Yes you must
     
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  8. Wanderingmellon

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    Whent for a mooch around there a few months ago and found a ten bag of weed at a dead end ! Couldn't believe it haha. I had just ran out as well thank you whoever lost it !
     
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