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    Default Tynbottom Lead Mine, Cumbria


    Had a little jaunt up onto the moors to check out this old lead mine. Temperatures outside were about minus 5C and after taking over half an hour to do 5 miles of a high Pennines single track road that was like an ice rink, we finally found the location and were very pleased to get underground to where it was a bit warmer.

    Its not a bad mine this and the bizarre rabbit-warren style construction and good combination of hard rock tunneling and some fine drystone pack walls, plus lots of cool mineralisation made it a nice 6 hour trip with plenty of nooks and crannies to explore, both below and above the workings which we entered.

    In from the main drivage we first come to a nice flooded chamber but not having taken wetsuits we didnt bother going further, and instead climbed up a rise to the workings above:





    After a few deadends and more climbs, the flats branch out to some nice tunneling:








    This was a first attempt at backlighting for me, something I havent done much of in photography but it was a relaxed day with plenty time for playing with cameras













    Classic drystone junction of two drivages:











    This was my favourite part, lots of lovely natural formations and fresh crotch-deep crystal clear water:














    And finally the roadway out where a natural spring forces its way into the mine:




    Not a particularly big mine but lots of tunnels and workings to explore both below and above the main level.
    Last edited by BigLoada; 4th Dec 08 at 19:30. Reason: Duplicate photos removed

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    Another great post, I've just tried googling the place but came up with nowt.

    Is it another one near Nenthead ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by shatters View Post
    Another great post, I've just tried googling the place but came up with nowt.

    Is it another one near Nenthead ?

    Phil
    No mate, not Nenthead, its not a well known one and its south of Alston in the middle of nowhere!

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    Nice pics and clever use of backlighting i must try this sometime.

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    You have some great water shots from there. Thanks
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    Loads of interesting tunnels and chambers. Excellent pics, Lithium. Having a go at backlighting certainly paid off. Lovely stuff. :)
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    The back lighting worked very well, cracking pics as usual.

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    Fantastic shots mate, almost has a Lord of the Rings feel to it.

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    Thats a grand set of photos there mate..........also some very impressive stone walling has been done down in there over the years ! :)thanks !

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    Great place! Great lighting! Great Photos! 2nd one in, is my fav with Blue lighting. Bri :)
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