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    Eyam - Hucklow Mining Walk December 2009
  A Brief Description (No PDF of walk at the moment)

Distance = approx 18km
Route = Woodland paths, field paths, tracks and minor & main roads with some steep slopes
Start / End = Eyam Village (SK214766)
Weather = Sunny and crisp

This was an excellent winters day walk in the Peak District whilst looking at a few mining remains with my youngest brother. Our journey started at Eyam outside the church; which along with other aspects in Eyam is worth a visit and is a place where you could easily spend a few hours especially on a nice summers day. Any how, back to the walk; we took the lanes and path heading south and along the edge of Furness Quarry to get to the outlet of Watergrove Sough. Unfortunately the track to Cavendish Mill was having some work done on it, hence couldn't get a good look. Next we headed westerley along the main road (care taken) then joined the path (from the old quarry site) and made our way to Watergrove Mine (SK188757) (see photos) where care should be taken along the main road, along the road there are a number of beehive cap shafts (see photo). The remains at Watergrove Mine (click link for map & info) include managers house, smithy several shafts and 2 reservoirs (one in use for fishing).

From Watergrove Mine we took the road towards Follow where a number of beehive caps and shaft mound can be seen. Taking the path past Bosterfield Farm then the one north along Silly Dale we reached the nice little village of Grindlow where we stopped for a little snack. Going along the lanes for a shory while we reached another lovely village of Great Hucklow where the remains of Old Mill Dam (SK177779) mine include the Blacksmiths Shop and Cupola Building - a notice board display the history and current remains of the mine.To the north of here is the site of the more modern Mill Dam Mine which we decided not to visit and instead headed west along the road past a number of other notice boards giving some details about the area and mining. Going through the hamlet of Windmill and after a few hundred metres we took the path to the site of the excavation remains of High Rake mine (SK163777) (see photos). The remains here are excellent and well worth a visit and include remains of the Cornish pumping engine house, winding engine house, base of chimney and flue, coal yard, ore crusher, ore processing area.

We spent a few moments at High Rake, although due to time constraints only a short time we made our way westerly along the the path to the road from where Tideslow Rake and its hillocks are in front of you (although better seen from a distance - see photo) . From Tideslow Rake we headed northwards to Little Hucklow then along the lane back to Great Hucklow passing the old road to Mill Dam Mine.

From Great Hucklow we followed the path pass the school (on or close to the site of Smithy Coe Mine) along the path are the remains of a hollow lane (possible miners track or tramway) (see photo), the path then passes the shaft hillocks and large hollows of Old and New Hedge (Edge) Mines and Have At All Mine. After walking back uphill and along the road we came to a gate off the public footpath which leads to the site of the excavated remains of Silence Mine (SK188780) (see photo) which include rocker pit, boiler base, engine base and possible chimney base. At the time of visiting the excavations were not complete. Following the path through the area we came to the public footpath which runs south and from which the shaft mound in the field show the line of Old Grove Sough (see photo)

Being winter the light was going to fade fast so we had to get back to Eyam, we took the road to Foolow, then the path running easterley to Eyam, along this path I wasn't planning to see much. However, we did see the remains of a curious building (see photo) (SK198767 ) on the edge of a small valley and the remains of the hillocks marking the line of Middlefield Rake (SK200767) (see photo). From this point we headed back to Eyam to get some food and to see the houses now occupying the site of Glebe Mine