Halldale Quarry, Buxton, Derbyshire, June 2019

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1. The History
Halldale quarry is a former limestone quarry situated south-west of Matlock off Snitterton Lane. It was an important hard limestone abstraction source that served the construction industry throughout the Dales, South Yorkshire and Midlands providing both block stone and aggregate. Formed from a relatively level base section cut into a hillside, topographically, so that the Quarry forms a bowl of land, operations at the quarry creased around 25 years ago. The quarry is vast and contains a helicopter landing pad at its centre. The rock strata forms a series of three platforms and the quarry is well known to climbers, although Tarmac (the current landowner) does not officially permit climbing on the site. A variety of fossils can be found at the quarry including of Brachiopods, Crinoid stems and large Corals along with examples of marine Gastropods. Hence the quarry is equally popular with fossil-hunters.

In November 2014 plans that outlined the development of the quarry into a brownfield site were tabled. 4M Property Partners submitted plans to convert the quarry into mixed residential and commercial properties including 220 houses and to a restaurant and café. In addition, the planning proposal contained details of some 6,400m2 of office space.

2. The Explore
Bit of an unplanned explore this. Was returning from exploring elsewhere and in order to avoid the traffic jams of Matlock Bath and Cromford, decided to take the back roads around them. While skirting round to Matlock saw some bright yellow security boards in the woods to my left. So parked up and walked back to find a series of very overgrown buildings that were associated with the operation of the quarry. While they were nothing spectacular they were still worth a look. I then climbed up the path to be greeted by the quarry in its full glory. All-in-all nothing earth shattering (well, I guess the quarry was when it was in operation) but a nice little surprise wander.

3. The Pictures

48108383072_36d556625a_b.jpgimg1521 by HughieDW, on Flickr

General admin building:

48110551303_06ce7c6a28_b.jpgMatlock Quarry 04 by HughieDW, on Flickr

48108319607_703a96b684_b.jpgimg1530 by HughieDW, on Flickr

48108202006_a891f6912e_b.jpgimg1531 by HughieDW, on Flickr

48108235928_b7f3c26988_b.jpgimg1533 by HughieDW, on Flickr

48110568798_18bf1a7608_b.jpgMatlock Quarry 01 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Obligatory old fridge shot:

48108197371_a1a5b26d2a_b.jpgimg1532 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Stalactites!

48108325487_25538e547a_b.jpgimg1529 by HughieDW, on Flickr

The toilet block:

48108224211_5edbb72776_b.jpgimg1528 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Stand up (supergloss is not a word that comes to mind with this picture!):

48108349897_80d4f54c64_b.jpgimg1527 by HughieDW, on Flickr

or sit down:

48108366222_03abc91921_b.jpgimg1526 by HughieDW, on Flickr

A couple of other buildings a bit back up the road:

48110486421_46570c6896_b.jpgMatlock Quarry 07 by HughieDW, on Flickr

48108082276_269a33fefb_b.jpgimg1543 by HughieDW, on Flickr

48108185167_4bb2fe7e58_b.jpgimg1544 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Definitely stuck to their blue and white colour scheme:

48108087298_b2573f5450_b.jpgimg1548 by HughieDW, on Flickr

These steps look interesting:

48108286022_cef71cdd0a_b.jpgimg1535 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Wow! Some view:

48108209298_2c15cf7d7e_b.jpgimg1536 by HughieDW, on Flickr

48108200028_cd9c71cff2_b.jpgimg1537 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Fossil-hunter's heaven:

48108141581_0611ee22b8_b.jpgimg1538 by HughieDW, on Flickr

48108241207_d37a1f4f24_b.jpgimg1539 by HughieDW, on Flickr

48108154138_1d3fc77deb_b.jpgimg1541 by HughieDW, on Flickr

48108091551_719f52dcbd_b.jpgimg1542 by HughieDW, on Flickr

48110493631_8ca022d323_b.jpgMatlock Quarry 06 by HughieDW, on Flickr
 
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