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Report - Mootlaw Quarry, Northumberland - September 2014

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by catbalou, Sep 16, 2014.

  1. catbalou

    catbalou off the wall
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    En-route to another venue we had planned, we decided to call in at Mootlaw, which turned out to be a nice, relaxing chilled mooch in a quarry site surrounded by Nortumberland’s beautiful countryside. I would seriously love to go back here with a quad bike! Perfect weather made this all the more better, as well as being in the excellent company of the usual suspects, Dave and Sed. Cheers for a great day guys.


    From Northumberland county council: -

    Mootlaw Quarry is located approximately 2.5 kilometres to the north of Matfen
    between the villages of Ryal, Ingoe and Kirkheaton. Carboniferous limestone
    is extracted from the site.

    Method of working –
    Extraction of limestone was taking place to the eastern phases of the site
    from a single bench when it was last operational in early 2010. Limestone is
    blasted from the face to achieve initial fragmentation and limestone is then
    extracted and processed through a series of crushers and screens to produce
    a range of sizes for the construction industry and exported from the site.

    Restoration –
    The planning permission requires the site to be restored to a mixture of
    agriculture, woodland, lakes and species rich grassland. In terms of
    restoration a large section of land has been restored to an agricultural end-use and includes enclosures 2, 3 and 4 and these have completed the formal
    5 year aftercare period in Autumn 2011, having been used by the landowner
    for the grazing of sheep prior to the commencement date. Enclosure 1 was
    entered into the formal 5 year aftercare period from the autumn 2008 and has
    now been formally released from aftercare.
    The planning permission requires the site to be completed and restored by 31
    December 2014.


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    On climbing up the rocks, we noticed a lifebelt stand and decided to venture on to see what was beyond the hill…. And this is what we saw when we eventually reached it... beautiful... and you can just about make out the two swans who were floating about on it. The water was VERY deep, and really clear.

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    Cue ‘stone skimming time’ :)

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    Cheers,
    Cat.
     

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  2. dave

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    Re: Mootlaw Quarry, Northumberland, September 2014

    My stone skimming skills aint what they used to be old age i reckon. Was a great day in great company and such a chilled explore too. My owl pic didnt come out as well as yours i hope the little chap is ok. Nice report there Cat.
     
  3. Sed

    Sed Lets be positive ...
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    Re: Mootlaw Quarry, Northumberland, September 2014

    Well I was all set for a quick swim in the lake there but with Dave chucking stones and me not having a hard hat with me it was all a bit too dangerous!! Great day though :)
     
  4. Session9

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    Very nice. Pleasant mooch with a variety of wildlife - win :)
     
  5. AuntieKnickers

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    good stuff Cat, when we went i wasnt expecting much, but was pleasantly suprised
     
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