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Catsall Rake Opencuts

Entrance of Catsall Rake Opencuts


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Two (unfenced) deep and narrow opencuts on Catsall Rake near the public footpath at the top of Northcliffe Plantation. Historically important, they are likely to have been worked by William Humfrey of the Company of Mineral and Battery Works around 1580, smelting the lead at Beauchief in Sheffield.

The southernmost opencut is ultimately 50m deep, with the northernmost approx. 25m deep. Stainless throughbolts/hangers and trees can be used as top belays. There is considerable hade in some portions of the pitches, which are tight in places.