Coniston Copper Mines
Wednesday, 27 June 2007

Some (blurry) photos from our trip to the Coniston Copper Mines. Had a look in Hospital Level first, which can be followed a fair distance until the passage ends somewhere under Levers Water. Particularly exciting were the sections where the floor had collapsed revealing a rather large drop that you have to traverse over, but some very kind people from the CATMHS have installed fixed wire traverse lines. There were also some impressive copper carbonate formations, which are the vivid blue ones on one of the photos.

After enduring 20mins of the bible from a passing Jehovah’s witness and having a look in the nearby Courtney’s Cross-cut mine, we wandered over to Fleming’s level in the next valley, which has a wooden entrance shaft down to a stooping passage with thigh-deep wading. Care has to be taken when a cross-cut is soon reached, with a very deep flooded hole just to ones right.. Drier passages are soon found with numerous places where the roof or floor has given way.
Then over to Taylor’s level (shit!) and Deep level (more interesting!), the latter of which leads to the flooded Bonsar East shaft and Old Engine Shaft – which is around 1300-1400ft deep!!!!!

Good stuff!

Comments

Wow, that looks really interesting. Can’t help thinking that Mark’s tacklebag looks a bit shiny though.
Nick McEntyre
Friday, 29 June 2007

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Traverse in Hospital Level
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Copper carbonate (i think) formations in Hospital Level
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Mark in crawl in far reaches of Hospital Level
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Clambering under levitating roof
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Flemings Level. Flooded shaft is to right of Mark
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