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Report - Solid Fuel Mine, Lancs - March '12

Xan_Asmodi

Cave Monster
28DL Full Member
#1
Visited with The Kwan, Snake Oil and too many others to mention!

I'm being deliberately vague about the location of this one at the request of my guides.

I've found a brilliant description of what it's like in this mine on another site:
Much of the 3 hours we spent underground was spent on our hands and knees crawling through tunnels, with the occasional spell of crouching, not ideal if you're over 6 foot tall like I am! This was exhausting, and made me realise just how hard it must have been to have worked down there for a living, 5 or 6 days a week, 10 or 12 hours a day, doing physically demanding work. And this place was still operational within living memory of some people - a workmate's father worked here early in his working life and he's still alive and kicking.
A fantastic day, even if my thigh muscles disagreed the next couple of days!

This might look a nice and confortable height, but I'm on my hands and knees taking this!
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There's some fantastic geological formations down here
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The whole mine is basically one long stoop or crawl, even the emergency exit!
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There's occasional respite in what looks like break areas
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I'm not sure how long parts of this mine will passible for, the supporting timbers are soaked
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The ceiling is bulging in places
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But I still want to go back for views like this...
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Again; it was an absolutely cracking
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Thanks for looking! :thumb
 

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