Peak District Mines Historical Society
Promoting and preserving mining heritage
(Registered charity No. 504662)

Events diary:

The calender below shows forthcoming society events and other events related to mining history that may be of interest.  You can click on individual days/events on the calender to retrieve further details.  If you are the organiser or promoter of a (not-for-profit) event that you would like listed here, please send details through to the webmaster - details are on the contact us page.

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Mining and Archaeology Walk - Rainster Rocks, near Brassington

  • Dates: 23 – 23 May, 2017
  • Contact: Chris James
  • Email:
  • Phone: 01246 208656

Leaders: Richard Finnigan and Chris James.

Examining lead mining remains at Rainster Rocks, near Brassington. Photo © Chris JamesNo prior booking required - all welcome. Meet at 7.00pm in the lay-by at the sharp corner on Pasture Lane where the Limestone Way leaves the road (grid ref: SK222544).

A short walk of no more than 2 miles around a little-known outcrop of dolomitic limestone which will involve one reasonably steep slope (down Rainster Rocks themselves). It should be fairly easy walking, and well drained - but watch out for the nettles, which are notoriously vicious here! Wear shorts at your own peril! We will also be walking over sheep pasture, so dogs must be kept on leads.

We will be looking at lead mining remains including the Throstle Nest Datestone (dated 1760) next to an old mine shaft, and some opencast workings with a possible buddle. We will also look at the extensive medieval ridge and furrow remains, and the site of the Romano-British settlement (which is a Scheduled Ancient Monument) - including orthostatic field walls, terraces and house platforms. A lovely area which is at its absolute best when the hawthorn is in blossom!

Optional food and drink at pub in Brassington afterwards.