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Gentlewoman's Pipe

Entrance of Gentlewoman's Pipe


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Note - as of 15/11/2018, Gentlewoman's entrance shaft near the Masson Quarry is blocked with boulders by the new landowner. DCA is attempting to negotiate access. Please stay away from this entrance until the situation is resolved.

Note - 20/05/2022 - The main passage above Old Jant Mine (after the two low squeezes if heading downhill) has been completely blocked by a substantial collapse of sediment, rocks and gravel, seemingly after a significant flood event at some point in 2020/21. Drainage of the system is unaffected, but trips further uphill than Old Jant Mine are no longer possible at the present time - obviously this also means that through-trips from the currently-blocked top shaft are also not possible until the choke is removed. The choke is being slowly cleared at the present time, and we will update with further information as we receive it.

Shaft entrance into Gentlewoman's Pipe is currently blocked with boulders and negotiations are ongoing, but under normal circumstances is open to surface and partially covered with a large rock, with anchors beneath for access. Original way into Gentlewoman's Pipe/Queen Mine workings from Great Masson complex is quarried away, and the remains are in a collapsed state. Mined/natural continuation heads downhill and northeast, under the capped Upper Close Shaft (no access agreement in place) eventually passing through Old Jant Mine to the coffin level of Masson Sough, which eventually joins Ringing Rake Sough (AKA Youd's Level). Lidded shaft entrance/exit at the sough tail by the River Derwent at Artist's Corner. Lid can be opened from inside without a key; the key to open from the outside is available from the Mining Museum at Matlock Bath. Deep Shaft is open, and lands near the 'Y' junction two-thirds of the way along the coffin-level - access via Greenhills Farm. Entire system is part of Masson Hill SSSI.


Warriner, D., Willies, L., & Flindall, R. (1981) Ringing Rake and Masson Soughs, Bull. P.D.M.H.S. Vol.8. No.2., pp.65-108., Peak District Mines Historical Society
Barker, I. & Beck, J.S. (2010) , Caves of the Peak District, p. 165, DCA