We have several Mine Exploration trips available for those brave enough to tackle the dark and the vertical.
Seathwaite Plumbago Mines
This is the well known graphite mine which gave rise to the pencil making industry in Keswick.
It usually involves an abseil descent of four pitches.
This trip is for small groups (max 6 people). The mine is situated high in the Lakeland fells and involves a steep half hour walk to get there. The trip takes approximately four hours.
Honister Slate Mine
A fascinating trip through tunnels, underground chambers and the miners incline to the summit of Fleetwith Pike. On the steepest parts there is a steel cable to attach to, in the style of a Via Ferrata. The mine is still working and you can see the whole slate mining process including slate sawing and splitting and even buy the finished product as a souvenir.
The trip takes about three hours.
Smallcleugh and Rampgill Lead Mines at Nenthead and Tynebottom Lead Mine at Garrigill.
There is lots of choice here for a short (2 hour) or long (5+ hour) trip, perhaps visiting the Ballroom, a mile underground. There is a lot of industrial history to be seen, both on the surface and underground.
There are options to abseil within the mine.
Slate Mine in Little Langdale
A short mine exploration trip through impressive chambers and underground tunnels, usually combined with an exciting abseil. There is a choice of a short abseil and big abseil depending on your confidence level!
Rhiw Bach Slate Mine
in North Wales
We occasionally operate in North Wales and can offer a mine exploration trip into this fascinating place. Expect to spend about four hours underground and enjoy a series of exciting challenges including a short boat trip, waterfall climb, abseil/lower, tyrolean traverse and mini Via Ferrata.
Our most experienced Mine Leader also an active member of COMRU the Cumbria.Ore.Mines.Rescue.Unit