MODERATE UNDERGROUND – We entered Carrs Mine through the Show Mine, which is interesting with well preserved tram rails, and after the “gate” entered the ‘real’ mine. Beyond the “gate” there are three flats. Initially, we progressed along the Horse Level that is below the Smallcleugh Cross Vein. As many have seen in the Nenthead mines there are very fine stacked stone walls, arched corbels and arches with one even serving as a dump for deads in the Middle Level. I confess to being very keen on stacking since I worked on dry-stone dikes when I worked on a hill farm in my student days.
There was much evidence of secondary hydrozincite, some of which was pristine white and other were stained by minerals. The Horse Level, being on a slight downward slope, cannot be de-watered through the adit so is de-watered through sumps to the Rampgill Mine.
Then to the Low Flats by ladder up a walled shaft…
The rest of the report and more photos can be found in the November 2019 newsletter.