GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Magpie Mine Walk

1 miles (1.6 km)

This walk visits the Magpie Mine from the Derbyshire village of Sheldon. The trail exposes you to the interesting industrial heritage of the area. There's also some fine views of the surrounding White Peak limestone countryside from the photogenic site.
You can start the walk in Sheldon village and follow footpaths south to visit the mines. The walled site includes a series of well preserved Lead Mines which date back to the 1600s. The mine closed in 1958but has been recently restored for visitor access. It is now a Scheduled Ancient Monument and a popular place for a stroll.
Sheldon is very close to the popular and beautiful Monsal Dale. Just head north and you can enjoy wonderful views from Monsal Head and pick up the Monsal Trail.

Postcode

DE45 1QU - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Magpie Mine OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Magpie Mine Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Pubs/Cafes

Back in Sheldon you can enjoy some post walk refreshment at The Cock and Pullet. The cosy old barn conversion serves good quality food. You can find them on the Main Street at postcode DE45 1QS.
The village itself is also a nice place for a stroll with old limestone cottages and a mid 19th century church.

Dog Walking

The area makes for a fine dog walk. The Cock and Pullet pub mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Just to the south you will find the lovely Lathkill Dale. It's one of the highlights of the area with splendid footpaths along the River Lathkill to enjoy.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby

Photos

Broken landscape. - geograph.org.uk - 256770

Broken landscape. Magpie Mine, Sheldon with plenty of evidence of mining activity and a few disinterested cows and calves.

Magpie Mine on an Afternoon in Autumn - geograph.org.uk - 274159

Magpie Mine on an Afternoon in Autumn.Looking back towards the mine from the footpath towards Flagg.

Horse Gin - geograph.org.uk - 427589

Horse Gin. A reproduction horse gin has been set up at the Red Soil mine shaft, where the original horse-powered winding gear was used to lift lead ore up to the surface

Magpie Mine, near Sheldon - geograph.org.uk - 21543

The surface remains at Magpie Mine are the best example in Britain of an 18th and 19th century lead mine. It is a scheduled ancient monument.

Field Centre and Magpie Mine - geograph.org.uk - 1370801

Field Centre

Field Strips and Abandoned Mine near Kirk Dale - geograph.org.uk - 1617546

Field Strips and Abandoned Mine near Kirk Dale. This picture shows Kirk Dale and was taken close to the site of the old Magshaw lead mine. The neighbouring Magpie mine (SK1669) is visible on the far left of shot and in their heyday the proximity of the two operations often led to disputes over the prized veins of lead ore. Roof falls, fires and floods were also common occurances. Recent excavations of the abandoned mine shafts uncovered some more unexplained sightings - read Barbara Wadd's 'Ghost Walks in Derbyshire' for more tales...

Magpie Mine - geograph.org.uk - 2855356

Close up of one of the ruins

Sheldon Village Greens - geograph.org.uk - 2126853

Sheldon Village Greens

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

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