Summer Field Meet. 9/10th June, 2001.
Welsh Mines Society
Cymdeithas Mwyngloddiau Cymru
The Lake District
Based at the Middle Ruddings Hotel in Braithwaite, Keswick -
Leaders George Hall & Ian Tyler (MOLES).
As to the programme of events, this was as follows:
Summer Meet – Weekend 9th-10th June. Leaders; George
Hall, Tel./Fax. (01584) 877 521 & Ian Tyler (MOLES). Location,
The Lake District. Headquarters: The Middle Ruddings Hotel, Braithwaite,
Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 5RY. Tel: (01768) 778 436. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Website: http://www.middleruddings.co.uk Bed and breakfast for one
night is £30 per person, with a reduction for further nights.
Hotel proprietor Bernard Moore, promises superior comforts.
Saturday - Meet at 11 a.m. at Threlkeld
Quarry and Mining Museum. (NGR NY 327 245) This is on the B5322,
signposted off the A66 at Threlkeld, 3 miles east of Keswick. NOTE:
Details of this weekends proceedings were confirmed in the morning at Threlkeld
Museum as access was restricted due to F&M precautionary measures.
After visiting the Threlkeld Q&M Museum we went to Florence Mine, near
Egremont, West Cumbria (instead of the proposed visit to Goldscope Mine).
Mine owner Gilbert Findlayson provided an excellent tour around both the
surface and underground workings.
Please Note: There is a ban on any mineral collecting anywhere in
the National Park unless a permit (from the Lake District NPA) has previously
Saturday Evening - Dinner at Middle Ruddings Hotel, £13.95
per head, 6:30 for 7 p.m. Click here to
download menu (Word 6.0). After dinner, Ian Tyler provided an entertaining
slide show of the remaining evidence of several centuries of mining history
Sunday - Meet at 10 a.m. at Threlkeld
Quarry and Mining Museum. After another chance to explore the Museum,
we headed off to the Hause at Honister. (Instead of the planned
visit to the Roughten Gill Mines, the inspiration for ‘Caldbeck Fells well
wrought are worth London Town dear bought.’) A steady walk up above
the workings of Honister Slate Mine, visiting Bull Gill open quarry then
Ashgill open quarry, returning by Dubs Quarry, was led by ian Tyler, who
pointed out many of the historical and geological features.