GUIDED TOUR: Coniston Coppermines Valley, with Mark Hatton

Date: Saturday 23 September

Meet: 9.00am at the Market Cross pedestrianized area, Ambleside (Rohan, Costa etc)

Venue: Coniston Coppermines Valley

Donations to CATMHS (Cumbria Amenity Trust Mining Society).

A guided walk around the Coniston Coppermines to see just how much still remains of the extensive work done between 1599 and 1890 to the exploit the area’s rich copper veins. This walk is around 4 miles long and involves navigating some fairly steep tracks in the Coppermines Valley, up as high as Levers Water. We will visit visible surface remains including the Bonser Mill (where rock was crushed by waterwheel powered machinery to release the copper ore), the wheel pits, leats, shafts up to 1,400ft deep down to the bottom of the mine and ancient processing areas higher up in the fells.

This is a fairly strenuous walk on open fell side. Outdoor clothing, walking boots, packed lunch and drink needed. The walk lasts approximately 6 hours.

Attendees will be expected to drive themselves and their passengers to Coniston once they have met up with Mark in Market Cross.

Any questions, call Mark on 07774-499589 or email

NOTE:  Mark will also be giving an illustrated talk at the Golden Rule on Friday 22 September. Click here for details