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Son of Longcliffe

Entrance of Son of Longcliffe


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This site is on National Trust CROW land. Small shaft on the vein outcropping close to the west flank of Cowlow Nick, just above the three obvious holes on the slope - the highest and largest being the original adit entrance, now backfilled and sealed, and the lower two being Longcliffe Pipes #1 and #2.

The mine was originally part of the Longcliffe Mine complex, but was separated by a collapse. Shaft excavated and top rebuilt by the TSG in late 2016, now with walkway mesh lid. Access via TSG as for Longcliffe Mine, padlocked for security.


Wolstenholme, P. (2017), Son of Longcliffe - An Unexpected and Dramatic Diversion, TSG 19, pp 169-178, Technical Speleological Society
Wolstenholme, P. (2018), The Son of Longcliffe, Descent 261, p.34-36. Survey, Wild Places Publishing
Wolstenholme, P. (2019), Longcliffe Mine, Castleton, Mining History vol. 20 no. 5, pp 1-18, Peak District Mines Historical Society