Magpie Mine & Lathkill Dale Walk
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Join Ian on this spectacular walk in the Peak District.
The walk stakes us out over open pasture and skirts the slopes of Bole Hill before we descend into Kirk Dale.
We progress onwards to Magpie Mine. The mine is one of the most famous lead mines in the Peak District. The workings date from 1740 by 1824 a pumping engine used to keep the mine free from water, which helped the miners extract a record amount of lead (800 tons) from the mine. A record that stood until 1871.
After exploring the mine we’ll continue on towards the Village of Monyash, where we’ll have a rest stop/refreshments.
From Monyash we head through Lathkill Dale, once a coral reef 350m years ago, passing old mine workings along the river back to our starting point.
Optional pub stop at the end of the walk.
What to bring
Water: bring at least two litres
Medicines: if you have hay fever, diabetes, minor ailments etc.
Day rucksack: typically 20-30 litres, they are comfortable to wear and allow you to use your arms freely
Boots: waterproof and breathable and designed for hiking, trainers are OK if the ground is dry and there’s little chance of rain
Gaiters: recommended for wet weather or boggy conditions
Socks: proper walking socks will keep your feet dry and help prevent blisters
Layered clothing: lets you quickly adapt to changes in the weather and body temperature. Go for a base layer (vest or t-shirt) and a mid layer (a micro fleece or shirt) and in cooler weather add an outer layer (a windproof jacket or thick fleece)
Trousers: ideally no jeans as they become heavy and cold in the rain, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry and on warm days shorts are OK
Waterproof jacket: essential when hiking in all but the calmest of weather, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry
Gloves: Windproof, or better still, waterproof gloves are the best choice, bring a spare pair if expecting rain
Hat or cap: stay warm in winter and shaded in summer
Sunglasses: for any sunny day, even in winter
Sun cream: can be useful even on cloudy and winter days
Snacks: bring biscuits, energy bars, gels, bananas, chocolate or dried fruit for example and put them somewhere easy to get hold of
Lunch: bring a packed lunch unless otherwise stated
Food & drink
Please bring a packed lunch & any other snacks for the walk. Maybe a hot flask too
No shops in Over Haddon so please make sure you have supplies before the walk.