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Historic artefactsWest MineWood MineMain Chamber Engine VeinDevil's GraveSRT in Engine VeinRoman coinsThe Beacon before demolitionFinlow MineT'owd man in Wood MineThe Laundry Chute in West MineNorth Boundary Fault, Wood MineKey Chamber, Wood Mine1930s visitors at BrynlowDoc MineTom's Shaft in the Cobalt MineWorkings on the vein, Engine VeinBlue Shaft
Wartling Bunker, KentConiston Copper Mine, LakesColonnades: Lancaster HoleBull Pot of the WitchesGaping Gill, YorkshireCarrs Mine, NentheadMagpie Mine, DerbyshireStockport air raid sheltersFirst Pitch, P8 DerbyshireLennies Cave, MatienzoRampgill Mine, NentheadMoel Fferna slate mine, N WalesOgof Dydd Byraf, North WalesOld Ing Cave, Yorkshire DalesBagshawe Cavern, DerbyshireAlum Pot, Yorkshire DalesAven d'Orgnac, FranceGiants Hole, DerbyshireCoventosa, SpainSnailbeach Mine, ShropshireNettle Pot, Derbyshire
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Slate mines in North Wales are found all around the perimeter of the Snowdonia mountain block. The slate was formed by pressure and heat due to volcanic activity. Slate mines are often massive and inclined as they follow the rock beds. They can also be dangerous with a risk of falling rock and bad air in places. Exploration requires a lot of care.
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In the past, one could almost literally walk into a new cave in Great Britain but these days almost all the open cave entrances have been explored. Now, it is necessary to dig one's way into unexplored cave passage. Sometimes, this means removing loose boulders, at other times it means shovelling out clay and sand. If there is a strong probability of a cave, then cavers will even resort to using explosives to enlarge a passage. This dig, reinforced with scaffolding, is at the end of Pooles Cavern in Derbyshire.

In case of emergency at Alderley Edge, call POLICE 999 and ask for DERBYSHIRE CAVE RESCUE.   They will call out local team members.  Do NOT call for the Fire Brigade.