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Wirksworth  Mines  Research Group

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Latest club activities

Work on an existing dig in Ratchwood Founder Shaft is to recommence soon.


New dig in George Mine is going well.


Collapse break through


Digging a collapse in Bage Mine


Testing the new winch


Clayton Mine underground trip


Based at Bage Mine, Bolehill near Wirksworth in the Peak District, Wirksworth Mines Research Group (WMRG) exist to promote the exploration and  preservation of local mines, the vast majority of which were involved in the extraction of lead.

The group meets regularly on Sundays throughout the year, with winters generally spent working on our own mine (Bage), which we access by the 303’ deep Hard End Shaft, winching it directly from the mine cottage. During fairer weather, we are normally to be found out and about the local area, with activities ranging from safety surveys for local landowners, through general mine exploration, to mine shaft consolidation and capping. We also undertake visits away from the local area, for example, to the Nenthead area.

We have over the years worked to preserve access to several other local mines that were in danger of being lost (usually filled in or covered over permanently). We can usually arrange access to these for other groups, though this is sometimes subject to prior agreement with the landowner.

We welcome enquiries from potential new members who in the first instance should contact us by email

See the group in action at Old Millclose Mine near Winster.

Comedy Of Errors with Audio.mpg