11-12 June 2011 - Nigel Dibben
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A weekend in Derbyshire was arranged at fairly short notice (about two weeks ago) with camping at the Bull i' th' Thorn outside Buxton. Liz, Tom and I arrived Friday night and as no one else was coming until later on Saturday, Tom and I set off for a trip down Hillocks. This is an easy walk from the pub so saved moving the 'bus. We took three ladders and one rope (35m) which reached from top to bottom of the pitches and also acted as a handline in places - quite useful. Taking a few pictures on the way in, we were soon at the bottom of the pitches and exploring the main workings. The place hasn't changed much so there is not much more to say about it! The exit was easy and after the (unnecessary - surely) soaking in the entrance to the coffin level, we were back on the surface and walked back up to the pub in full kit.
Below 1: Approaching Hillocks Below 2: The upper chamber Below 3: In the cartgate Below 4: The Wharf Pipe chamber below the Engine Shaft
Below 1: Approaching the entrance Below 2: In the natural cave Below 3: Formations Below 4: Team photo