Site Diary Updated 19th October 2018

Wednesday 17th October was a different day. We took detailed measurements of POW fencing because we are considering using the metal sections to replace the existing wood fence around the smelting mill. The measurements showed that the fence could be replaced from the Assay House corner to the gate just past the compressor concrete bases.

The bent handrail at Carrs Mine exit was also measured in order to produce the replacement handrail. Nearby, the river bed waterfall plunge poll was  cleared of boulders and the roadside culverts checked. Both had been affected by recent heavy rains.

The redundant gate from P.O.W. was removed, modified and installed at the south end of the smelt mill footbridge – now possible to take visitors into south side of the mill site.

The gatekeeper mine wagon was given another coat of yellow paint, and the switching arrangements for the Stagg condenser model were changed to make more them accessible.

We also provided a Carrs Mine tour for six visitors, two of whom went on to have an afternoon Ballroom trip.

The Allendale bargain book was also finally photocopied ( at Alston Library) so that the book could be transcribed in full.

Gate on the smelt mill footbridge

Thompsons Level

Slow progress continues here. Temporary steel supports in the roof fall are advancing. The recent heavy rains have shifted more of the shaft fill and filled up the excavated area. The next dig session will be on 21st October.

Carrs Mine Trips and Open Days – from our all-volunteer team

MINES AND CAKES

WHY GO TO NENTHEAD MINES?

You can take an underground tour of Carrs Mine, see our displays of minerals, mining equipment and historic photographs, and visit the 100 metre deep Brewery Shaft – where you can stand on top of the shaft.

Then round your visit off with tea, coffee and homemade cakes.


CARRS MINE TRIPS AND SITE OPEN DAYS IN 2019

Wednesday 24 July is our next Open Day

Sunday 4 August

Wednesday 14 august

Sunday 25 august

Wednesday 28 August

Sunday 15 September

Sunday 22 September

Sunday 27 October

Our mine trips take about 90 minutes. We provide lamps and helmets. We recommend that you wear outdoor clothing and footwear. The mine is usually dry underfoot. We welcome all children who can walk and climb stairs – we don’t take babes in arms underground.

We recommend booking in advance to get a mine trip. You can book in advance on-line.  Scroll to the end of this page for our on-line booking form.

You can also call 07494 497868 or email admin@nentheadmines.com to book your place.

You can just turn up on the day – we often have places available. Check by phoning 07494 497868.

Donations for Visits

We ask for a donation of at least £5 per person. We are a cash or cheques operation.

All your donations go towards the conservation of the Nenthead Mines site. We are an All-Volunteer operation.


GROUP BOOKINGS

The Society can also arrange custom group visits to Carrs Tourist Mine throughout the year.  (We are closed from November through to March).

A  minimum of eight people is needed to confirm a booking for a custom visit, subject to a volunteer guide being available.   To discuss a date, please either send us an email –  admin@nentheadmines.com or phone 07494 497868. We usually need two weeks notice of your proposed date.


HOW TO GET TO NENTHEAD MINES

We are at Nenthead, near Alston, in Cumbria. The postcode for our site entrance road is CA9 3NR.  Click on the map for a larger view.

Follow the brown tourist signs from the A689, do not stop in the first car park – follow the trackway alongside the river.

How to Join the Society – we need your help!

The Nenthead Mines Conservation Society is a volunteer charity which cares for, manages and maintains this historic site. Most of the site is owned by Cumbria County Council and is operated on their behalf by the  Society. We need your help to look after this wonderful valley.

How does the Society operate?

We are a voluntary charitable incorporated organisation ( number 1166281) that raises money to maintain and look after the valley. A copy of the Governing document is here: NMCS Governing Document.

HOW CAN I JOIN THE SOCIETY?

Follow the link below to join the Society online, or choose another method.

Join the Society online→

Ask for a copy of the Application form to be sent to you:   send a self addressed stamped envelope to: NMCS, c/o 14 Kirk Rise, Frosterley, Bishop Auckland, DL13 2SF. UK

Visit us on Open Days:  if you want to know more, come and visit on an Open Day or on one of our Members Working Days.

GIFT AID

You can gift aid donations to the Society. The gift aid form can be downloaded from here: Charity Gift Aid Declaration