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Post Force Crag mixture mine 310710 - 31-07-2010, 20:27

Early start this morning, picked The Undertaker up about 6am and off we ventured towards Keswick, namely to Force Crag.

From the car park, its a little over 2 mile walk (about 30-40minutes) up to the mill buildings (and as we found out and a rather energetic climb to the accessible adits).
Upon arrival at the car park we noticed a couple of flyers dotted about......

Force Crag mine open day
31st July 07
tours starting 10:30am
continuing throughout
the day until 3:30pm
NO UNDERGROUND TOURS
OR MINE ACCESS ALLOWED

Dam it, trust us to visit on a day that the site is open to the general public!
The time; 7:35am
The mission; get to the mine, find the accessible adits, get underground, . reel off some cracking shots and enjoy exploring all before our
. kindly National Trust Wardens & Volunteers arrived for the . open day!

Some History...................
Located in an impressive glacial valley at the end of a two mile long track, lead, zinc and barytes have been mined at this site for over 130 years. The mill building was constructed in 1908/9 and modified in 1940. The National Trust acquired the mine and mineral rights in 1979, the mine ceased working in 1991 and was declared abandoned in 1992.

Approach to the mill building from the track


Sort of says it all


Toilet facilities available on site


1st level adit, collapsed and fully blocked


Big old crusher with a large hopper above


Disused conveyor belt from the hopper


AND NOW THE BIT WE'VE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR.......Lets venture below....

Shot looking out of the adit, absolutely teaming down


Couple of metres in looking towards the junction ahead


At the junction
an awful lot of water teaming down from above at this point so picture clarity is a little poor, lots of brittle corrigated sheets stacked up, judging by the window frames on the pile it may have been a part of a structure, office or machinery room/store of the like


Onward
the rest of the journey was sludgey, wet and interesting, leaving us in awe at our time constraints not allowing us to further explore passageways and further upper and lower levels




fantastic balancing act




Beautiful clear water with fantastic wall reflection




Incline off to the right


Towards the top of the incline (lighting provided by TU)


Arty silhouettes at top of the incline




Obligatory light writing


And finally heading back out


Looking forward to a follow up visit without time constraints to limit our venturing.
We timed it almost perfectly as we walked back down the track, meeting a couple of people walking up and then 2 National Trust Landrovers making their way to the mill for the open day.

Incidentally we sat outside the adit pondering the note ................. "please ensure that this entrance remains closed in order to prevent access for animals and N U M P's"
Non Underground Members of the Public. However many mines The Undertaker and myself have ventured into over time, we have never officially became full members of any society's or clubs and have therefore drawn the conclusion that we are U M P's!!!!!!


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Default 31-07-2010, 21:23

nice that looks like a really good explore wouldn't mind having a look at that, im loving that light work as well.
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Default 31-07-2010, 22:29

No La Porte incline - shocking!


Egregious!
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Default 31-07-2010, 23:04

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No La Porte incline - shocking!
It will be done on the next visit!
we accessed high up at adit No 5 and weren't to keen on being in the area whilst official tours were taking place (just incase we were quizzed by NT wardens)
that and the fact that there was an awful lot of water barraging down to the High Force level so La Porte incline would most likely have been like a ski slope!


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