Diary Dates
23
Sep
3
Nov
1:30pm - 2:30pm DTRG Autumn Social Walk
Venue: Brookwood Mine
Meet at car park by the dressing floor spoil heaps (SX 719 676).
Directions: From the A38 take the Buckfast road, passing the entrance to Buckfast Abbey. Continue uphill to the crossroads at the summit. Take the Holne Road. Follow this for ¾ mile and take the third left-hand lane. After crossing the Mardle and some cottages on the right, the lane ascends. The entrance to Brookwood Manor and the mine is on the right (unmarked). Pass through the pillared entrance and follow drive to the mine dumps and car park on the left.
This visit is a deviation from the norm, as the mine was a prominent copper producer. However, it is an interesting mine that produced a total 34,000 tons of copper ore. Being a large mine there are a lot of visible remains, including wheelpits wheelhouses, an engine house and other mining features. Dr Phil Newman, who will lead the walk, surveyed the area a few years ago and has an excellent knowledge of the site.
Bookings for the walk contact Stephen Holley - see newsletter for full details. Email buddy32ypATgmail.com
5:30pm - 9:00pm DTRG Autumn Social Evening
Venue: Dartmoor Lodge Motel
Following the walk, we will retire to the Dartmoor Lodge Motel on the Buckfast to Ashburton Road (SX 749 693) for a carvery followed by presentations. The carvery has a selection of meats (chose on the night) and a nut roast option. It costs £10.95 and will be served from 6:00pm. Booking and payment in advance. We need to have numbers by Saturday 27 October (minimum booking 35 persons). If we don’t have enough people booked by then, the meal will be changed to a set buffet at £12.95, in which case we will require an additional £2 per person on the night.
Bookings for the walk and/or evening social to Stephen Holley, 32 Yeo Park, Yealmpton, Devon PL8 2LP. Email buddy32ypATgmail.com or telephone 01752 880029. Please make cheques payable to the Dartmoor Tinworking Research Group. The titles of the presentations have yet to be agreed.
5
Nov
10:00am - 4:00pm Bal Mine Tidy
Venue: SX 56824 69367
Having worked hard to produce a very detailed survey of Bal Mine, we are keen to help South West Lakes Trust keep the whole site tidy and free from vegetation
13
Nov
10:00am - 4:00pm Bal Mine Tidy
Venue: SX 56824 69367
Having worked hard to produce a very detailed survey of Bal Mine, we are keen to help South West Lakes Trust keep the whole site tidy and free from vegetation
9
Dec
10:30am - 4:00pm The Mines of Kelly Bray
Venue: SX 36026 71471
redmoor1920.jpgThis walk, of around 5km of lowland walking, will be led by Brett Grist and Dr James Blight, both geologists working in Callington on new exploration of the Redmoor mine area.
The walk will start from the Beeching Park industrial estate (parking available for 8 cars, with additional on-street parking nearby). The estate is the site of the former Kelly Bray railway station. Initially we will walk to the sites of Holmbush and Flopjack Mines, passing the now renamed Railway Inn, which the miners would have frequented. We will then walk back through Kelly Bray to the site of the Redmoor mine, before following a public footpath and then crossing a stream to access Blogsters mine.
Terrain will be a mixture of roads and footpaths in countryside. Wellington boots with a good grip are recommended as a stream needs to be crossed (this is optional).
Any questions please contact: Brett Grist brettgristATdsl.pipex.com
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13
Jan
11:00am - 4:00pm Beardown Mine and Beardown Streamworks
Venue: Holming Beam car park OS 592 765
Leader: David Eeles (and poss. M. Oates).
We will examine the remains of the c.1797 mine which has pretty well all the features you would expect from a mine of this era, albeit some of them are now a little hard to distinguish. We will then proceed North to the Beardown Stream where there is clear evidence of tin streaming and the remains two interesting tinners' buildings and two more "scant remains". There will also be the chance to examine a mysterious "cupped stone" which may be neolithic in origin, and an interesting part of the Devonport Leat.
Walk: Approximately 4.5 hours taken at an easy pace, reasonably good terrain, some boggy bits, some slopes. Bring packed lunch. 
No need for prior notification but if weather conditions look bad please contact one of the leaders before setting out.
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