Speedwell Cavern - Castleton, Derbyshire, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Dragontree
N 53° 20.498 W 001° 47.524
30U E 580421 N 5910955
Quick Description: Speedwell cavern is an old lead mine in the heart of the Peak District.
Location: East Midlands, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 4/13/2013 9:57:09 AM
Waymark Code: WMGVT5
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member RakeInTheCache
Views: 1

Long Description:
Wikipedia describes Speedwell: visit link

'The Speedwell Cavern is one of the four show caves in Castleton, Derbyshire, England.

It consists of a horizontal lead miners' adit (a level passageway driven horizontally into the hillside) leading to the cavern itself, a limestone cave. The adit is permanently flooded, resulting in Speedwell Cavern's (locally unique) feature: after descending a long staircase, the visitor makes the journey into the cave by boat (originally legged through by the guide, but now powered by an electric motor).

At the end of the adit, the visitor alights from the boat and walks into the cave to see the fluorspar veins, the stalactites and stalagmites, and the so-called "Bottomless Pit". This pit is an extremely deep vertical shaft, now choked to within 20 metres (66 ft) of the surface by rock spoil dumped by miners. The original depth of the shaft has been estimated, from the amount of spoil placed in the shaft over the years, at around 150 metres (490 ft).

A connection was discovered in 1999 between the Speedwell Cavern system and Titan, the largest natural shaft in the UK, which is 141.5 metres (464 ft) high.'

Mine Type: Tourist Mine

Mineral Collecting: No

Material Mined: Non-Precious Metal

Operation: Underground Mine

Surface Features: No

KNOWN DANGERS:
Hard hats must be worn as low cavern, slippery when wet.


Any associated website: [Web Link]

Any Other information: Not listed

Visit Instructions:
Optional photograph welcomed.
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