Below are galleries of my rapidly-expanding collection of Cave and Mine photographs, taken around the Peak District and further afield. The Peak District is lucky to have a rich heritage of lead mining and caves in the limestone areas, and many disused mines have been visited in an ongoing project to document the most interesting for future analysis. All explorations have been made with permission of the landowner where required, and publication here should not necessarily indicate open access.

Caves and mines in many cases intersect, and the interface between natural and man-made spaces is both fascinating and exciting; in many cases, new caves (including Titan, the deepest shaft in Great Britain) have been discovered via old mine workings. However, disused mines can be extremely dangerous places to visit, and it is not recommended that anyone attempts mine exploration without the necessary equipment, training and rescue capability.

No-one can (or should) go underground on their own, and therefore most of these photographs would not have been possible without the assistance, co-operation, research and companionship of a great many people, and therefore grateful thanks go to the following:

Nigel Ball, John Barnatt, Alan Brentnall, Mickey Campbell, Charley Cooley, John Cordingley, Rod Dalton, Rob Dransfield, Jess Eades, Rob Eavis, Alastair Gott, John Gunn, Martyn Grayson, John Harrison, Chris Heathcote, Tony Marsden, Paul Mortimer, Doug Nash, Dave Nixon, Jim Rieuwerts, Glyn Roberts, Adam Russell, John Sharp, Wayne Sheldon, Ann Soulsby, Andy Tickle, Sam Townsend, the TSG, Vicky Turner, Christine Wilson, Lisa Wootton.

Galleries can be viewed with thumbnails or as slideshows. More galleries will be added as time allows. Some of the photos below have also been recently published in my collaborations with Dr. Jim Rieuwerts, Adventurers in the Lead Trade and The Castleton Mines.

Old Lead Workings, Blue John Cavern, Castleton Burning Drake Lead Mine, Winster Bwlch Y Plwm Lead Mine, North Wales
Croesor/Rhosydd Slate Mine, North Wales Cumberland Cavern Graffiti, Matlock Bath Cwmorthin Slate Mine, North Wales
Eldon Hole, Peak Forest Garden Path, Lathkill Head Cave, Monyash GB Cave, Mendips, Somerset
Gentlewoman's Pipe - Stopes, Masson Hill Gentlewoman's Pipe - Natural Caverns, Masson Hill Great Douk/Sunset Hole, Ingleborough
Halls' Old Grove Mine, Bradwell Hard Rake/Roman Cave, High Tor, Matlock Bath Harrybecca Mine, Hassop Common
Mandale Mine, Lathkill Dale Moorfurlong Mine, Bradwell Old Tor Mine, Castleton
Oxlow Cavern, Castleton P8 (Jack Pot), Perryfoot Peak Cavern, Krypton Series, Castleton
Rowter Hole, Castleton Speedwell Mine - Lower Bung Stopes Speedwell Mine - Pit Props Passage Natural Caverns
Speedwell Mine - Pit Top Passage Stoke Sough, Nr. Grindleford Wrysgan Slate Mine, North Wales
 
   

 
     

 

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