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We make a return visit the high level adit after a lot of rainfall, much of which has found its way in through the roof of the mine in various sections. Since our previous visit, a lot of loose rock has fallen into the passageway leaving some rather precarious looking boulders hanging high up in the roof and waiting to fall at the slightest vibration. We follow the passage all the way to the ultimate collapse of the level situated a good few hundred yards from the portal mouth. The initial workings of the mine dates from earlier than 1753 with many surface mounds showing the line of the vein. The London Lead Mining Company took the lease from the early 1800's and returned a poor yield, however as mining continued through 1811 the high level started to produce some vast quantities of ore. In 1827 Lodgesike connected to neighbouring Mannorgill with extensive stopes being worked between the two concerns,  another crosscut was hewn to intersect with Marlbeck in aid of ventilation via a number of underground rises. In 1870 Galena extraction took a down turn with all evidence suggesting that the mine was nearly worked out, finally closing 1882 with less than 45 tons of ore being declared.


Having explored the upper level of the Snaisgill mine we return to the road and make our way to the lower level adit. As we make our way into the adit, the mine soon splits in two at an arched junction. I want to explore the route heading North towards the Marlbeck workings underneath, so take the left route at the junction - I find that after the deep water we have to turn back because of a roof fall. We then return to the junction split and make our way down through the rough section running East, deep into the hill. We encounter some more issues with air (air seems to be a theme for us at the moment) so end up having to return back to the light of day.

This mine is the one that I encountered a possible strange sighting when exploring some time ago on my own, I've put a link to the bottom of the video so you can see what you think it was that flew past me.


Exploring Snaisgill mine, Middleton-in-Teesdale. The Snaisgill mines are scattered in an area of less than a mile apart and few of the numerous entrances are still accessible. In this movie to first explore the top most adit which is situated at the top of a very steep valley. We came up here at the beginning of the summer and marked it for a further explore at a later date - so today is the day that we put on our wet gear and take a look down to the deepest point that we can reach. It was an extremely wet day with the wind howling and rain beating down outside so we knew what to expect when we found the entrance to be streaming with water from the moor above - though things did quickly dry out once we made our way to some depth. A second movie will follow in a couple of weeks with a full explore of a lower adit (when I've found time to master the footage).


We return to Skears mine to take another look around, its been a good few years since we last visited this mine, probably over 8 years have passed since we were last down in here.
Exploring the main routes of the mine and looking down the shaft that supposedly lead to the outermost point of the Coldberry workings (I think this was called the Sun Incline but I'll check to be sure).
We make our way down all the ladder ways towards the shaft that would take us to the lower adit at river level (this is the level where  the photo was taken that forms our website background) then we head back up towards the stopes. We make a detour to look at the passage known as 'the pearly gate' which is an area that was shut behind a grate (gate) to allow an impressive amount of salts to form from the flowing water. We then take visit to the newly collapsed area at the very end of the mine before we return to the surface on a glorious sunny day in February.


Hudeshope West (Parkin Hush Level) consisted of three adits, previously having being worked via open cut around 1787. Two of the adits are on the west side of the beck with the other on the east side almost directly opposite. The mine was worked by Chayters and later by the London Lead Company with pockets of good ore found but ultimately the mine had little success in producing a good return.
The mine was privately leased and reworked in a small operation by a group during the late 1970's. (The same time SAMUK was reworking the spoil heaps of Coldberry.) At the end of the operation the east and the upper west adits were sealed leaving only the adit near beck level open.
In this quick visit I take a walk to the end of the workings on ground level, there are small workings in some very narrow stopes above the level but in total the mine is not at all large.  I did hear some rumbling whilst in here today which hopefully the camera has caught, this may have been thunder from outside as there was no sign of any movement whilst I was inside.



Coldberry is made up of a mine shop (still standing), various out buildings, several shafts and four adit entrances.

In this (almost) full length movie we briefly explore all four of the adits to assess conditions before making our way deeper into the mine complex (to be uploaded to youtube in the next few weeks)

We start by exploring the collapsed horse level at the mine shop before moving up the valley to work our way to shaft bottom and explore the mouth of the shaft on the top of the hill side. From this we make our way to another collapsing passage and finally heading off to the reservoir where another entrance that is strangely very warm and almost steams because of the warmth of the air compared to that of outside.

This was the first mine that we explored some 20 years ago and it was a real treat to be able to explore the mine again and be able to look up the shaft that I've spent many a walk looking down.


When I first started exploring mines, Marlbeck was one of the first that I found to 'cut my teeth'. Unfortunately at the time (around 2001) the level was in a poor state and much of the tunnel wall had fallen in which was causing a considerable amount of water to back up into the passage beyond.

The mine has now been cleared and the water level has dropped sufficiently to allow further progress into the workings.

In this video we start somewhere beyond the first junction at a very scenic part of the mine with lots of white 'cave straws' hanging down from the roof, we make our way in further to the other side of the junction and find some interesting things to look at on the way. Unfortunately I have arrived without my wetsuit (expecting the water level to be lower) so walked the entire way in freezing water - but will return to make some decent progress and explore some of the interesting looking sub levels and upper flats.

Latest update: More 360 degree places added!. Loads of movies recently added in the Weardale area including Groverake, Skears and Frazers Hush mines.

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