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Neptune Mine 19/01/2016

Written by Jon Pemberton.

Jams Wood and oneself

Boredom and laziness led us to a trip down Neptune mine on a nice cold winter evening. Parked at Wardlow and had a nice walk down Cressbrook Dale to the entrance which lies just up left from the first wall which crosses the dale. Neither of us has been before and with it only being 348m of mine passage in the guide book it didn't look like being a long trip.

Having stooped up the two right hand passages (going in) the only interesting'ish one being the second which leads to a natural fissure which looks like it's been dug in the past we missed out the short left hand branch and headed to the end. Not wanting to get wet feet Jams refused to venture any further than the first proper pool so I carried on to the end and on the way back climbed up the stopes to some natural passage investigated by Eavis and Harley the other year. This made the whole trip worth it in the end and can recommend it for anyone wanting a mincing trip with some excitement delicately balancing up and down the miners deads.

Retired to The Moon as the Red Lion was shut.