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Welcome to The Mine Explorer Society web site.


Login - Updated 23/10/14

Login RBG - Updated 18/09/15


We are a group of friends that have been exploring abandoned mines since the 1980's, predominately in the small village of Nenthead in Cumbria on Alston moor. We are a society and members of NAMHO. This web site is all about our exploration, including some basic history of the mines. To see the mines that we have been to and our trip index, see Mines / Trip Index.

Mine exploration is dangerous and you should only attempt it with a club or an experienced group if you have not done it before or are a novice. See Links for details of clubs and organisations that you can contact. Please Read the Disclaimer.

If you are a mine explorer feel free to contact us for information. We will be glad to help if we can and to place any links to relevant web sites. All the information on this web site is a result of reading, surfing, talking, doing and speculation.

Flats - Brownley Hill
Surface Shaft - Nenthead
Calcified Shaft - Allendale
Digging - Nentsberry Haggs

Latest Trips -

Clargill Vein Trial Level - 16/06/16. An invite to explore a recently discovered level.

Brownley Hill - 01/05/16. Introductary Trip to the Flats and Haggs Connection for Hannah.

Engine Vein Mine, Alderley Copper Mines - 12/03/16, A trip for Hannah to see the blue formations.

Smallcleugh Mine - 30/01/16, Revisit to the Middlecleugh Second Sun Vein Stopes.

Smallcleugh Mine - 31/12/15, A New Year's Eve trip for my 6 year old daughter, to the Ballroom and back.

Tynebottom Mine - 04/10/15, Been meaning to have a look in here for ages...

Surface Shaft to Smallcleugh Through Trip - 03/10/15, Re-visiting an old route from 2007 with a few new things.


What's New -

Finally a new plan - Nentsberry Haggs Mine (24/06/15) - AVAILABLE NOW

The Mine Explorer Society is 10 Years Old.

With 400 units now sold, an upgrade on the RETRO XP to 400 Lumens (07/01/13) - AVAILABLE NOW

Plans of Nenthead Mines available - full colour A2 prints.


Web site written by Mike Hrybyk, all content and photographs Copyright 2004-2016. Site started May 2004. Last Update 14/07/16.

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Fungus - Wapping Mine
Arching - Rampgill Firestone
Blue Pool - Brownley Hill
Near Barron's Sump - Smallcleugh