Welsh Mines Society
Cymdeithas Mwyngloddiau Cymru

Summer Field Meet - Weekend 9th - 10th June 2001
The Lake District : Iron & Slate
Based at the Middle Ruddings Hotel, Braithwaite
Organiser/Leaders : George Hall & Ian Tyler (MOLES)

As to the programme of events, this was as follows :
  • Saturday 9th June - Florence Mine (Haematite)

    Met 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 Foot & Mout 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.

  • Saturday Evening - Dinner 6.30pm for 7.00pm at the Middle Ruddings Hotel (Prop. Bernard Moore), Braithwaite, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 5RY.  Tel: (01768) 778 436.  Click here for menu.

    After dinner, Ian Tyler provided an entertaining slide show of the remaining evidence of several centuries of mining history in Cumbria.

  • Sunday 10th June - Honister Slate Mine

    Met 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 of the area.

Note : There is a ban on any mineral collecting anywhere in the National Park unless a permit (from the Lake District NPA) has previously been obtained.

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