|The view as I stepped from the car. That's Old Gang Beck (or Mill Gill), below, Surrender Bridge ahead with the bulk of Reeth High Moor behind. And it's a wonderful day.|
|From Surrender Bridge, looking down stream to the old Smelting Mill|
|Following the track. The colours of the bracken and heather are wonderful.|
|It wasn't long before I reached the ruins of the Old Gang Smelting Mills|
|Old carts and rusting machinery|
|Not sure what this piece of machinery is|
|But I don't think most people would imagine one this size|
|I think this is what's left of a massive chimney, with the flue leading off out of the door sized space and up the hill. The flue has always interested me. I'll come back to this later.|
A few hundred meters from the smelting mills are the shooting huts, and a pretty disused bridge.
|A disused bridge and one of the shooting huts. Note the tunnel to the right|
|One site I read suggests this is a tunnel into the lead mines. I'm thinking it may be for ventilation, or drainage, as it seems a little small for people to use. Maybe it had a deeper floor 100 years ago?|
|The little disused bridge looks lovely|
I continued along the track, first stopping at Hard Level Force, which is normally a waterfall. I've visited before, where I've seen sheep get confuddled as to how to cross and fish in the plunge pool at the bottom. Today it was a water trickle, which disappeared into the ground below.
Old Gang Beck changes to Hard Level Gill, which was for the most part dry. I passed Level House Bridge and walked through the slag heaps of the lead mines. Definitely not the best part of the walk.
Hard Level Gill becomes Flincher Gill and the track continues gently up. Just as it turned east I came across more entrances to the lead mines below ground.
|There are two entrances. The tunnel on the right swiftly reduces in size and isn't really big enough for a person. The barred tunnel on the left is much larger.|
|Inside the left tunnel, you can see the rail tracks for the carts that were used. Stuff like this always makes me want to know more.|
|Forefield Rake. The surface of the land raked, smashed and pulverised to extract the lead.|
|A little bit of a dramatic cliff edge near the flue. Not that big a drop, but wonderful all the same.|
|Massive limestone pavement slaps - really impressive|
|And rocks carved by the wind and rain.|
|And a veiw of Low Reeth Moor and Fremington Edge. Wonderful.|