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smferino 26-02-2010 16:31

ARCHIVE: Birches Level, Feb 2010
 
After a little help from an aged map courtesy of Manx, I have now identified this mooch properly.
Alas there was no 300ft shaft at the end filled with crystal clear water, no remnants of long gone generators or other equipment. I was a mere 100 yards away from such treasures!!
But a decent mooch anyway. At roughly 250 yards long and With very little info available on the net about the Level, named on the map as Birches, I can only conclude that this was a speculative level, similar to those found in the area around Alderly edge's huge workings. Perhaps Worked in the hope of finding a vein of the ever popular Blue stuff? who knows?
Though I found little if any evidence of which mineral might of been mined from here, I at least left with reasonably dry feet, no ill effects from the air inside, and a few good pics, some showing the interesting "folding"(?) of the local geology.
If anyone can tell me more about Birches Level, I'd love to hear from you.

Approaching the first signs of past attempts at sealing off the level
http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p...w/DSC05610.jpg

I'm guessing old track was once used, but only when trying to prevent access
http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p...w/DSC05612.jpg

as i neared the end, another stone "doorway"??
http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p...o/DSC05683.jpg

looking back from the second "doorway" towards the entrance.
http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p...o/DSC05688.jpg

the bitter end!!
http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p...o/DSC05680.jpg

in plain light for you geology fans
http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p...o/DSC05692.jpg

and the obligatory backlit self portrait shot
http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p...o/DSC05698.jpg

Thanks for looking.


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