We found ourselves back at Nenthead Mines tonight with a more adventurous trip in mind. A through trip into Smallcleugh mine, down whats called Prouds Sump (shaft) and then out of Rampgill mine.
Some impressive walling near a horse gin in Smallcleugh
Mark heading down Prouds Sump 1st shaft
Andy and Mark in Prouds Flats looking at the amazing artefacts still there.
Go on Andy it'll be reet!
In a large worked out vein, you can see the height of the roof.
There were copious crystals on the roof here.
The remains of some old ore wagons
Mark checking out some impressive Galena
This is a circular platform built to work up into a vein from.
Mark inspecting an explosives box.
It's pretty big down there
At the end of the flats there's a really cool chamber full of crystals
You then head down another shaft and end up coming out of an ore shoot.
The rock really changes here and becomes shale (scary shale!)
It got deep, but never to that critical depth if you know what i mean!?
This was a side passage off of Rampgill Hangingshaw level that we were now in. The floor was covered in calcite.
Whisky bottle corner
And for something that isn't a cave it has some impressive cave features!
So we made it! And a brilliant trip it was too. Unfortunately we saw a lot of future trips along side passages on the way out...we will be back!