A group of TSG members are working on the construction of a new shaft top for Longcliffe Mine on behalf of the National Trust. This work has been approved by the DCA, and has been made possible by a bursary from Natural England for remedial surface work. Clearance work and stabilisation of the collapse cone, including the complete removal of unstable ginging has already been completed, and construction of the main entrance shaft is ongoing. Owing to the depth and breadth of the cone, significant efforts are being made to ensure long-term stability and safety to cavers, livestock and the general public.
Work has begun on unblocking the main shaft, and the spoil is being extracted to backfill the collapse cone around the new entrance. Once the shaft top has been created, and an access hatch installed, full access to the workings can eventually be restored. The project is being documented in its entirety, and this will be presented once the project is complete, with regular updates. At the request of the National Trust, and in the interests of safety (due to the mine's location above a public footpath and with an uncapped deep void), please do not visit the site until the project is complete.
The Longcliffe site in winter, prior to the first stage of construction. Photo: Phil Wolstenholme.
Roy Rodgers and John Sharp fitting a new section of entrance pipe. Photo: Phil Wolstenholme.
Glyn Roberts and Alastair Gott diggng out the choke. Photo: Phil Wolstenholme.