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Offline 1906johns

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Nickergrove mine
« on: June 15, 2012, 11:51:50 am »
Hello there, just a quick one really - how is access to the adit entrance gained ? is it best to go via the A623 or from church street in eyam  ?

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Re: Nickergrove mine
« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2012, 01:16:53 pm »
Access usually from A623, up the Delph, adit entrance on left halfway up hillside, up fairly obvious path

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Re: Nickergrove mine
« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2012, 03:55:29 pm »
thank you mark, much appreciated

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Re: Nickergrove mine
« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2012, 09:48:00 am »
Were ment to be going ere at weekend had a quick look last weekend just to comfirm its through the little gate follow the stream for abit then up a path to the left n there's a walk in hole in cliff thats 1 entrance , then 2nd is futher down the stream up another path to left to a metal lid with grill front? I think i'm right!

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Re: Nickergrove mine
« Reply #4 on: July 17, 2012, 04:51:48 pm »
Were ment to be going ere at weekend had a quick look last weekend just to comfirm its through the little gate follow the stream for abit then up a path to the left n there's a walk in hole in cliff thats 1 entrance , then 2nd is futher down the stream up another path to left to a metal lid with grill front? I think i'm right!

Yes thats correct.

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Re: Nickergrove mine
« Reply #5 on: July 23, 2012, 08:58:33 pm »
Don't no the point of the 2nd entrance with the metal lid don't go nowhere? Why as the floor been coverd at the bottom with a metal grill cover looks good down there.

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Re: Nickergrove mine
« Reply #6 on: July 24, 2012, 10:36:19 am »
I asked myself the same question, but still don't have ab answer. 
So, anybody here got an answer for the question??

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Re: Nickergrove mine
« Reply #7 on: July 24, 2012, 07:13:54 pm »
Look harder guys, there is a thru' trip from the main shaft in the mine that exits via the grill. There was a sketch / guide to it on line a few years ago, written by a poster on here. Matt..

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Re: Nickergrove mine
« Reply #8 on: July 24, 2012, 09:05:44 pm »
Look harder guys, there is a thru' trip from the main shaft in the mine that exits via the grill. There was a sketch / guide to it on line a few years ago, written by a poster on here. Matt..
I think it was Jules Barrett who posted the sketch (about 5 years ago!), after DCA installed a pull through ring / eco-anchors on the internal shaft etc. I thought I had a copy somewhere but can't find it. Nor can I find it on this forum. :(

But the following survery and trip report might help.  :)
http://www.peakcavemonitoring.org.uk/images/stories/Stoney_Middleton_Dale/Nickergrove%20Mine.doc
http://ukcaving.com/board/index.php?topic=4554

Where abouts did you get to Mark220? Did you rig the internal shaft and swing into the lower level?
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Re: Nickergrove mine
« Reply #9 on: July 25, 2012, 10:47:41 am »
Re, the metal grille in the shaft entrance. I think it was placed when the outdoor centres began to use it but may be wrong. Below the grille the shaft continues to a short level in each direction along the vein. One way is usually flooded but is blind below the water. The other way ends quickly at a forefield. 

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Re: Nickergrove mine
« Reply #10 on: July 25, 2012, 11:46:08 am »
Re, the metal grille in the shaft entrance. I think it was placed when the outdoor centres began to use it but may be wrong. Below the grille the shaft continues to a short level in each direction along the vein. One way is usually flooded but is blind below the water. The other way ends quickly at a forefield.
Thanks for that John - I'd always wondered why that was at the bottom of Didsbury Shaft! I'd guessed that there couldn't have been much down there but it's nice to know.

At the very end of the adit entrance, past the internal shaft and rift chamber, the level eventually reaches a run-in (unless someone has dug it out relatively recently). I'm sure that I once read that further workings could be reached beyond, until it collapsed some decades ago -  anyone know more?

I know Chesterfield CC do a fair bit in Stoney - are you going to dig it out? ;D
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Re: Nickergrove mine
« Reply #11 on: July 25, 2012, 11:51:17 am »
Gona av to go ere again. We went in the adit entrance to the shaft to the lower levels but didn't really go that far down there( was really really muddy down ere) Went back up the shaft carryed on past ere seen a shaft with water down it(is this the timbered shaft?) Anyway got to a big open area were some ladders was n followed some old kart tracks but didn't go any were. So were av we gone wrong ? It was 1st time we went ere was good muddy but good.

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Re: Nickergrove mine
« Reply #12 on: July 25, 2012, 12:04:24 pm »
Thinkin back think that shaft was in the lower level was alot of down there!

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Re: Nickergrove mine
« Reply #13 on: July 25, 2012, 12:22:35 pm »
The way on is a short passage about half way down the internal shaft.
At the end of this passage there is a drop of about 15ft with a hanger on the wall.
We got to this point last week but,not having a spare rope, didn't fancy the free climb.

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Re: Nickergrove mine
« Reply #14 on: July 25, 2012, 07:48:41 pm »
The grill was put in place by The Coffin Dodgers. I'm pretty sure it was funded by DCA.

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Re: Nickergrove mine
« Reply #15 on: July 26, 2012, 02:55:52 pm »
I agree with Matt. There's a survey out there showing the thru trip. As per previous poster, I'm certain too that it was a Jules Barrett sketch.
Here's what I remember:-
The two entrances or entrance / exit are as described above. You shouldn't have any difficulty finding them in the Delph. Rig the grill entrance first if you want, but it should be free climb-able. If you are rigging it you'll have to retrace your steps a little way to the adit entrance. Walk / stoop along the passage from the adit entrance, mind the hole(s) in the floor and you'll come to a shaft with a large, sturdy pole across it. Drop the shaft. Swing off a short way down. Crawl and stoop a bit. Rig a small internal pitch as a pull through, follow your nose, climb down a small chimney (be careful at the bottom - it opens out). Follow your nose again. Arrive at the bottom of the grill shaft, climb or prussic out.

The route finding is simple enough, anything which doesn't get you to the inner pitch and the small chimney soon go blind. You can rig the main shaft as a pull through off a DCA ring on the main adit pitch or rig a Y if you are not confident of completing the trip. If you reach the pull through lower down, you are almost there and can't really go wrong. I did this about four years ago, so don't blame me if my memory is hazy.

Have fun, it's muddy down there.

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Re: Nickergrove mine
« Reply #16 on: July 26, 2012, 05:27:00 pm »
I think the survey is in the rigging peak rigging guide and poss COTPD

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Re: Nickergrove mine
« Reply #17 on: July 26, 2012, 07:14:14 pm »
A paper survey is certainly available from Hitch N hike, that is where I got mine a few years back when I was doing my Level 2. Caving Supplies probably have it too.

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Re: Nickergrove mine
« Reply #18 on: November 02, 2012, 07:01:09 pm »
I think it was Jules Barrett who posted the sketch (about 5 years ago!), after DCA installed a pull through ring / eco-anchors on the internal shaft etc.

Just saw this. I don't know what information is in the new edition of Caves of the Peak District - I haven't got one handy. I found a copy of this sketch in some stuff earlier this week though. If anyone wants me to post a copy of it online let us know on here and I'll sort.

Cheers,

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Re: Nickergrove mine
« Reply #19 on: November 02, 2012, 08:34:56 pm »
Please be aware that a couple of the shafts up the Delph have been Grilled over because this is SSSI bat country!. Please do not disturb our little furry allies!.
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Offline Jenny P

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Re: Nickergrove mine
« Reply #20 on: December 15, 2012, 06:20:05 pm »
Note that there is a rigging topo for Nickergrove Mine in the Peak District Access & Rigging Guide, 2012 Edition, available from DCA.  Check out the DCA website to find out to how to obtain a printed copy or to download a free copy.

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Re: Nickergrove mine
« Reply #21 on: December 15, 2012, 11:52:22 pm »

I know Chesterfield CC do a fair bit in Stoney - are you going to dig it out? ;D

Sorry, only just seen this - must of been on holiday at the time of OP.

Quick answer is no. Squalid and horrible towards the end. We did open the timbered shaft from bottom of main shaft, this leads to stream chamber which comes in from Streaks and goes out to Merlins (possibly?) We did insert a diver, but there had been movement in the boulders and he was too big to get thru.

We also had a look under the grill in Didsbury, there's a faint possibility of chemically enlarging a tiny rift.......but it seems too much like hard work at the moment.

Meanwhile, we're chasing a draught in another cave..............

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Re: Nickergrove mine
« Reply #22 on: December 16, 2012, 08:21:19 am »

Meanwhile, we're chasing a draught in another cave..............


Would that be in a dig of your own or someone else's?

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Re: Nickergrove mine
« Reply #23 on: December 16, 2012, 09:55:14 am »

Meanwhile, we're chasing a draught in another cave..............


Would that be in a dig of your own or someone else's?

Our own. Of course.  :kiss2:

Oh, and it's not in Stoney, or even Eyam.

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Re: Nickergrove mine
« Reply #24 on: December 18, 2012, 02:21:15 pm »
HHmmmm been a while since Ive chased a draught :chair: