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Ringing Rake Sough

Entrance of Ringing Rake Sough


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Note - 02/05/2021 - Reports have come in from a recent upstream visit to Ringing Rake/Masson Sough (Youd's Level), that that 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 the last year. As through-trips from the top of the hill have not been possible, it is unclear exactly how long this blockage has been in place. Drainage of the system is unaffected, but trips further uphill than Old Jant Mine are no longer possible - obviously this would also mean that through-trips from the currently-blocked top shaft would also be impossible until the choke is removed. The choke will be inspected shortly with a view to digging through it and clearing the route again, but please be aware that this may take some time to organize, especially under the current Covid restrictions. In the meantime, we will update with further information as we receive it.

Note - as of 15/11/2018, Gentlewoman's entrance shaft near Masson Quarry, which connects to this system, 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.

Lidded shaft entrance/exit near the sough tail by the River Derwent at Artist's Corner, next to the swings. 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. Sough connects to the coffin-level of Masson Sough internally. Deep Shaft is open, and lands near the 'Y' junction two-thirds of the way along the coffin-level - access via Greenhills Farm. Masson Sough eventually connects via Old Jant Mine to Gentlewoman's Pipe at the top of Masson Hill. Entire system is part of Masson Hill SSSI.

This site is part of the DCA SSSI Conservation Monitoring Scheme.
See the DCA website for competition details.


Danger from Weil's Disease from rats associated with sewage seepage in adit entrance.


Warriner, D., Willies, L., & Flindall, R. (1981) , 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