TALK: Mark Hatton – History of mining and quarrying in the Lake District, and its relevance to today’s hill walkers

Date: Friday 22 September

Time: 6.30pm

Venue: The Golden Rule, Smithy Brow. FREE

The mountains and valleys of the Lake District have been worked for stone, metal and minerals for many centuries. Much still remains of the incredible amounts of work done by these miners, although today this is often completely overlooked by. This illustrated talk, by Ambleside resident Mark Hatton, will capture the rich and fascinating history of mining in the Lakes and tell the stories of the men, women and children who have left ample evidence of their labours. From the stone axes worked in Great Langdale 5,000 years ago, via the copper, lead, graphite and iron workings of the 16th to 19th centuries, through to the slate still being worked in Langdale today.

NOTE:  Mark will also be hosting a guided walk around Coniston Coppermines on Saturday 23 September. Click here for details.

18.30hrs Friday 22nd September 2017

An illustrated talk about the rich history of mining and quarrying in The Lake District and the relevance to today’s hill walkers. The Lake District Hills have been worked for rock and metal since Neolithic times. A great deal of evidence of this work remains on and under the Fells. This talk tells a brief history of these workings, the men, women and children who did that work, who they were, where they came from, the ingenious methods they used and the successes and failures they experienced. Photos illustrate just how much remains to be seen, knowledge of which can add great interest to any walk in The Lake District.

Venue: The Golden Rule, Smithy Brow, Ambleside – Free



Saturday 23rd September 2017

A guided walk around the Coniston Coppermines to see just how much still remains to show 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. Meet at the pedestrianised area Market Cross (Costa, Rohan, etc.) at 09.00hrs. The walk lasts approximately 6 hours. Any questions, call Mark on 07774 499589 or email

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