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Magpie Mines

Peak District National Park, Bakewell DE45 1QU, England
+44 1629 583834
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Went here today after finding on trip advisor, with husband and teenage son, was worth taking a... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
SWhite174
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Dronfield, United Kingdom
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Interesting site - useful interpretation boards

Surface buildings of the Magpie Mine have been conserved and the site is fairly compact and easy to... read more

Reviewed 11 July 2018
DeesideRob_F
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Mining for lead has been carried out at Magpie Mine, near Bakewell, for over 250 years, and the site is one of the best examples of its kind in the country. The area is protected by Scheduled Monument status and there is free access on foot to the site (vehicles are not allowed on site). There are new interpretation boards being erected on site to explain how the mine will have looked when being worked. Peak District Mines Historical Society take care of Magpie Mine. They are often on site at weekends and happy to answer questions.
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Peak District National Park, Bakewell DE45 1QU, England
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went here today after finding on trip advisor, with husband and teenage son, was worth taking a look, lovely views, lots of history in lead mining, took lots of photos, glad we wentMore

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PDMM, Manager at Magpie Mines, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit to Magpie; it is very popular with photographers. The Peak District Mines Historical Society run a Heritage Open Day each year and this year it is on Sunday 16th September. There will be free guided...More

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Reviewed 11 July 2018

Surface buildings of the Magpie Mine have been conserved and the site is fairly compact and easy to walk around. Will appeal particularly to those interested in industrial archaeology - also a very good spot to visit to take some interesting, artistic photographs - visit...More

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PDMM, Manager at Magpie Mines, responded to this reviewResponded 12 July 2018

We are pleased to hear that the interpretation boards helped you to make sense on the industrial archaeology of the site. In September each year we hold a Heritage Open Day with free guided tours of the site - this year it is on Sunday...More

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Reviewed 20 June 2018

I stumbled on the mine by surprise whilst cycling the Eroica event and it was everything so many sites like this ought to be. Easy to walk to from Sheldon (beautiful) and largely un-tampered with. No 'Magpie Experience Centre' with turnstiles and gonks on sale...More

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PDMM, Manager at Magpie Mines, responded to this reviewResponded 21 June 2018

I am so pleased to hear that Magpie was such a lovely discovery! We agree that it is nice to visit somewhere free from gimmicks - Magpie is perfect just as it is. Thank you for leaving this review.

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Reviewed 19 June 2018 via mobile

What a wonderful surprise it was to visit this fascinating site. The setting is brilliant and the collection of old mine buildings together with information boards brings everything to life. Learning about the past is a highlight. It was atmospheric and beautiful. This is well...More

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PDMM, Manager at Magpie Mines, responded to this reviewResponded 21 June 2018

The Peak District Mines Historical Society works hard to maintain this site. The information boards were new last year and we are pleased to hear that they are helping people to understand the site. Thank you for taking the time to leave a review.

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Reviewed 21 May 2018 via mobile

A photographer’s paradise. Beautiful orchids and cowslip growing around the mine. Information boards erected around the site. Spent a good time photographing the mines at sunset. Great stuff!

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PDMM, Manager at Magpie Mines, responded to this reviewResponded 21 May 2018

Magpie is particularly beautiful at the moment with all of the flowers. We find that there are often photographers there at night as well as there is very little light pollution. Thank you for leaving a review.

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Reviewed 25 March 2018 via mobile

Not far from Bakewell is this amazing piece of history. There is winding gear, a chimney, a tower and many other fascinating features. It has been well preserved and there are good information boards. Also a great place for spotting skylarks. You can easily cycle...More

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PDMM, Manager at Magpie Mines, responded to this reviewResponded 26 March 2018

It is lovely to hear that you enjoyed exploring Magpie. Each year in September we have a Heritage Open Day at Magpie with guides who can tell you all about the mine. Thank you for leaving this review.

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Reviewed 14 September 2017

We visited the mine on a very dull & drizzly day as we had seen a flyer for the open day whilst visiting nearby Ashbourne. The event was very well attended and the volunteers that helped out on the day were extremely helpful, knowledgeable and...More

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PDMM, Manager at Magpie Mines, responded to this reviewResponded 23 September 2017

I am glad to hear that you enjoyed the heritage open day. We are very fortunate to have such skilled volunteers and I will pass on your praise. I hope that next time you visit Magpie it will be a sunnier day!

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Reviewed 21 July 2017

This was a pleasant walk across the fields from our holiday cottage so came here at least twice. On the Sunday a very knowledgeable man was on hand to give some insight into the history and had a mirror which he held at an angle...More

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PDMM, Manager at Magpie Mines, responded to this reviewResponded 23 July 2017

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. Magpie is an amazing place to visit and the society work hard to maintain safe public access. We have a lot of volunteers who help out on the site and who will take time out...More

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Reviewed 21 May 2017

We took the short walk from Sheldon. Very interesting ruins in a pretty remote spot . Plenty of information boards giving a potted history.More

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PDMM, Manager at Magpie Mines, responded to this reviewResponded 23 May 2017

I am pleased to hear that you found the information boards useful as they are a new addition to Magpie and an area we hope to expand. More information about Magpie mine, and lead mining in the Peak District, is on display at the large...More

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Reviewed 6 February 2017

Magpie Mine itself is a stunning place. The remains of a Cornish engine house, one of only two left in Derbyshire stands in a very scenic location. Unfortunately, the site is managed by the Peak District Mining Society, who would rather this site was closed...More

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PDMM, Manager at Magpie Mines, responded to this reviewResponded 21 February 2017

The Peak District Mines Historical Society (PDMHS) are the custodians of the Magpie Mine site which is a Scheduled Monument and, as you say, very beautiful. Volunteers from PDMHS have been instrumental in gaining Open Access Land Designation (allowing unrestricted access for the public on...More

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