|As to the programme of events, this was as follows :
September - Old Bow to Old Ham mine.
Leader : Mole
An underground trip,
with an explanation of geology and history, from Old Bow to Old Ham
mine (near Clearwell
Caves), which took around three to four hours.
Dry, some crawling and an exposed chimney.
- Noxon Park Iron Mine / New Fancy Colliery / Old Ham Iron Mine.
Met 10:30 at Noxon Park iron mine SO 5965 0586 (view road atlas or OS Map) for either :
a. A surface visit to an area of impressive
scowles (shallow pits and deep irregular quarry-like
b. An underground visit with steep, large, open
Leaders : Mary & Barry Dupree
For either :
a. A surface visit : New Fancy Colliery (also taking in Wellington Colliery tips, Severn and
Wye Railway's Mineral Loop and the Geopark at New Fancy carpark.) Leader
: Neil Culross.
Met at 14:30 in the carpark at New Fancy Colliery
SO 6275 0960 (view OS Map)
b. An underground visit : Old Ham iron mine (easy
dry trip). Leader : Mole.
Met at 14:30 at SO 579 084 (view OS Map)
Dinner, 18:30 for 19:00, at Orepool
Inn, Sling, Coleford, Gloucestershire, GL16 8LH
Tel. 01594 833 883 ; E-Mail email@example.com
(Located at SO 579 075. View road atlas or OS Map)
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Sunday 23rd September
- Bix Slade / Wigpool Iron Mine
There was the choice of either : Meet 10:30 at SO 6527 1958 (view road atlas or OS Map) for either :
a. A surface visit through Bix Slade. Leader : Neil Culross.
Met at 10:30 in the layby opposite the Forest of Dean Stone
Works, SO 6066 0990 (view OS Map).
b. An underground visit into Wigpool Iron Mine. Leader : Mole.
A through trip in
a large complex of smallish passages dipping at 35° with
two climbs and with artefacts and formations to see.
Monday 24th September
- Box underground stone quarries, Wiltshire.
Leader : Mole
Met at 10:30ish at the Quarrymans Arms, Box Hill. Accessed the workings via. the gated 'Back Door',
(bolted shut), visiting the varous remaining artefacts including cranes, and a rail mounted winch.