Historic Graffiti in Smallcleugh Mine. The sloping wall is the face of a fault line showing the vertical scratch marks known as slickensides. Photo by James Heaton
CARRS MINE TRIPS AND SITE OPEN DAYS
Our Carrs Mine trips take about 90 minutes. We provide lamps and helmets. We suggest that you wear outdoor clothing and footwear. The temperature underground is around 8C. The mine is usually dry underfoot, but maybe a little muddy in places. We welcome all children who can walk and climb stairs – we don’t take babes in arms underground.
OPEN DAYS IN 2021
The Booking Request Form is on our Open Day Booking Request Page, via the main menu.
Travelling to Nenthead Mines
Please see our advice at the bottom of this page – follow our signs from the Village Car park at Nenthead. Do not stop in the first car park – follow the trackway alongside the river.
We are an All-Volunteer operation.
The Society can also arrange custom group visits to Carrs Tourist Mine throughout most of the year.
A minimum of eight people and a donation of £80 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(at)nentheadmines.com or phone 07494 497868. We usually need two weeks notice of your proposed date.
We do not offer Carrs Mine tours from November through to late March. We carry out mine maintenance during this period.
HOW TO GET TO NENTHEAD MINES
We are at Nenthead, near Alston, in Cumbria.
The postcode for our site entrance road is CA9 3NR.
Follow the brown tourist signs from the A689, do not stop in the first car park – follow the trackway alongside the river.
Click on the map below for a larger view.
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.
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.
You can gift aid donations to the Society. The gift aid form can be downloaded from here: Charity Gift Aid Declaration
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Looking down Brewery Shaft -100 metres to the bottom. Photo by Paul Winskill
We have an archive which is presently being catalogued. We will publish the indexes as they become available. The catalogue of Maps and Plans is now available. Click on Maps and Plans.
The archives may be viewed by appointment. Either email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 07519836019.
The contents include:
- Nenthead Mines archaeology, geology and historical records
- Mine Plans and maps
- Site photographs
You can keep up to date with the proposals for the Nent and West Allen rivers by going to the Gov UK website at https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/metal-mine-water-treatment
We will publish a selection of documents on our website, including copies of paper documents distributed at Consultation Events. These paper documents are usually available from the Gov UK website.
LATEST DOCUMENTS 5th SEPTEMBER 2017
**New ** NEXT ROUND OF CONSULTATION
Follow this link for the latest letter from the EA. EA Update
NENTSBERRY WEIR 18th MAY 2017
A proposal to build a new weir downstream from Nentsberry Haggs Mine. The Planning application is on the Eden District Council planning portal.
SITE EVALUATION CRITERIA 17TH MARCH 2017
The EA are asking for feedback about their proposals for Nenthead and Nentsberry. The information and feedback forms are here – Nenthead and Nentsberry proposals
This document works through the criteria for choosing treatment sites – Site Evaluation Criteria.
REBUILDING THE MINE WATER SAMPLING WEIRS 17TH MARCH 2017
The Coal Authority contractors are renewing the water measuring devices in Caplecleugh Low, Rampgill and Nentsberry Haggs Levels. This work will start on 27th March and should be completed by 31st March.
Please note that the works include concrete weirs – we are asked to avoid the mines during the construction works, and to keep a look out for any damage to the weirs.
The newly constructed weirs should facilitate more consistent measuring of the water flows and collection of water samples.
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