"Mine Hazard in The Peak District National Park" Peak District National Park Warnings Or Dangers Tip by peakdistrictview

  Very large vertical shaft on Ecton Hill
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  • Very large vertical shaft on Ecton Hill - Peak District National Park
      Very large vertical shaft on Ecton Hill
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  • Open entrance to old copper mine Ecton Hill - Peak District National Park
      Open entrance to old copper mine Ecton Hill
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  • Carsington Pasture, covered in old lead mines - Peak District National Park
      Carsington Pasture, covered in old lead mines
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Some of the more picturesque sites in and around the Peak District National Park, are easily accessible but can conceal the hidden danger of old mine workings. Many of these old mines have been capped off but a substancial number, particularly old lead mines are either uncapped or open and pose a considerable danger to inquisitive walkers. Many areas of the Peak District are affected, but a close study of the ordnance survey maps will show their general location. In my travels taking photographs for a travel and tourism website I have come across several mine workings which could be considered dangerous. Two such places are Carsington Pasture near to Carsington Water in Derbyshire (here the amount of old mine workings is staggering) and Ecton Hill near Leek in Staffordshire (most of these mines are fenced off, but the fences are old and broken.
So when proposing to walk "off the beaten track" in the Peak District, consult the map first. There is no more beautiful countryside in England but that dip in the ground or that small opening may prove to be fatal if not treated with respect.

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  • Written Jan 16, 2007
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