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  1. R

    Question - Browns Folly Mine

    Hi there people, I’ve recently explored a few different sites, e.g Bridgwater hospital, Farleigh down tunnel etc, I found out just last night about this mine in browns folly , I seen in this thread that the entrance was near the ‘mud pit’ I was just wondering if someone could expand on this as...
  2. LashedLlama

    Report - Storm Releif Chalk Mine, Dartford, Kent - September 2020

    History: In the latter half of the 19th century, the railway network had expanded rapidly, connecting up towns and villages to London, enabling more people to still work within the capital, but move out into the countryside. With this, grew a demand on houses, and consequently, an even greater...
  3. caixdixon

    Report - MAENOFFEREN SLATE MINE - FFESTINIOG NORTH WALES

    First post on here. I know this has been done a few times and this isn't my first visit here, but it was a cold foggy day I was bored and wanted get a bit of content up and this is local to me. Maenofferen state mine is now a derelict site. The quarry was opened a short time after 1800 and was...
  4. Slippin_Jimm

    Report - Kingsdown Quarry | Swan Mine - June 2020

    History. Kingsdown Quarry is commonly referred to as Swan Mine. This is a small bath stone quarry lying under the hillside along the road from Bathford to Kingsdown. The Explore. Visited with a non-member. Making our way to the Swan Inn having parked up relatively close. We set up to the...
  5. Abandoned-Sheffield

    Report - Wapping Mine & Cumberland Cavern, Matlock Derbyshire

    An interesting explore that sadly, we didn't have enough time to complete fully after taking a few detours around the various routes that were on offer. We'll definitely be back here again soon to make it all the way through to the end of Cumberland Cavern. You can check out all my photos from...
  6. LashedLlama

    Report - Quarry Dean Firestone Mine, Merstham, Surrey - June 2020

    History: The Quarry Dean firestone mine in Merstham, Surrey, is just one of the many mines, stone quarries and underground workings that are scattered along the North Downs between East Kent and Surrey, and is also by far one of the oldest. This particular underground stone quarry dates back as...
  7. Yoshimitsu93

    Report - New Hawne Colliery - Halesowen - Feb 2020

    This is only our second thread (myself & @Narg1992). We thought we may as well post while we are in lockdown due to the amount of photos we have lying around! So as we are local to Halesowen we thought we might as well check out the New Hawne Colliery. Unfortunately we dont have much history on...
  8. VaeVictis

    Report (Permission Visit) Holme Bank Chert Mine (April 2017 & 2019)

    Another retrospective! Have visited this a few times over the last few years, and here are some photos from these trips, including a few underwater ones. I've classed this as a permission visit as this is on private land - they are happy for people to explore, but a £5 donation is requested if...
  9. Mr Sam

    Report - Moss Head Mine - Coniston - Feb '20

    The pictures i had seen of the remnants of the aerial ropeway got me really interested in this on however i had no idea quite what a climb it was to the top. We had to chuckle as 2 people in full hiking gear with poles passed us in wellies and waders. I was pleased to be wearing my cheap as...
  10. horrgakx

    Report (Permission Visit) Force Crag Mine, Cumbria, Mar 2020

    This was a permission visit to Force Crag Mine, a mile or so from the village of Braithwaite. Closing in the 1980's it was open for around 200 years. As part of my photography courses we're visiting 3 mines in 3 weeks. Thanks to the Ranger; Roy Henderson for his wonderful insight into the...
  11. M

    Report - Penallta Colliery, South Wales - January 2020

    I've always loved exploring around this spot, purely because there's always something new to find whenever I go there. Outdoors, the winding wheels still exist and still turn (in the wind). You have to climb through a gap in the fence to get to these structures properly but a majority of the...
  12. Mr Sam

    Report - Croesor Slate Mine - North Wales - November '19

    So I've had a comment or so on previous reports of excited waffling nonsense I guess i could blame the mild autism or the fact i only write reports when I've had a few to drink and quite honestly when i view reports i scroll past all the jibber jabber straight to the photographs, I cant claim my...
  13. A

    Question - Gold Mine wales?

    Hi Everyone, is there still a gold mine in and around Dollgellau, Wales that is still accessible. Looking for another place to explore. Thanks.
  14. Mr Sam

    Report - Wrysgan Slate Mine - North Wales - Nov '19

    For a few trips Wrysgan had been our back up mine on the way back to the car from another mine but turned out to be our back up mine following Croesor on the other side of the hill. Also while Wrysgan is one of the closest mines from the parking spot its still a bloody darn good hike!! Defending...
  15. Abandoned-Sheffield

    Report - Silica Bricks Ganister Mine Sheffield, November 2019

    A ganister (or sometimes gannister) is hard, fine-grained quartzose sandstone, or orthoquartzite, used in the manufacture of silica brick typically used to line furnaces. Ganisters are cemented with secondary silica and typically have a characteristic splintery fracture. You can check out all...
  16. Mr Sam

    Report - Cwmystwyth Lead Mine - Mid Wales - Oct '19

    This place has fascinated me from a young age, my Nine (grandmother)(granny crow) lived in a caravan on the edge of a farm for some years at Cwmystwyth in the mid 90s we would drive past the mine workings and slag heaps and i would beg to go and wander around them but was never allowed, By the...
  17. Mr Sam

    Report - Parc Lead Mine - North Wales - July '19

    Weather forecast was advertised as possibly one of the hottest in recorded history so the plan was get underground where it might be a little cooler, Well the first destination was Cae Coch Sulphur Mine the walk/HIKE up a wooded hillside to the adit was absolute hell already 25C climbing in...
  18. Mr Sam

    Report - Moel Fferna Slate Mine - Llangollen - May '19

    A grand day out and another mine ticked off! every time I'm blown away by the sheer size of the chambers that really have to be seen to be believed or even just to get a scale of how huge they are, the countless man hours put in to extract the slate doesn't bear thinking about. Theres a few nice...
  19. Mr Sam

    Report - Penarth Slate Mine - Llangollen - Jan '19

    It seemed a great idea at the time... On the drive back from Cwmorthin Slate Mine in north Wales we though instead of sit in Friday evening traffic around Birmingham why don't we kill an hour at Penarth? Well having never been before i had no idea the hike up to the adit was worse than the hike...
  20. DayzGone

    Report - Dinorwic Quarry oct 18(pic heavy)

    Located between the villages of Llanberis and Dinorwig in North Wales. It was the second largest slate quarry in Wales, indeed in the world, after the one in neighbouring Penrhyn. It covered more than 700 acres (2.8 km2) consisting of two main quarry sections with 20 galleries in each and a...
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