On the Old Man of Coniston
word by J from aditnow
"Basically, its on the main tourist route up the Old Man which connects with the Walna Scar Road. You head up the track, past the Blue Slate quarry ruins (which are very impressive in their own right!), continue upward until you pass the Saddlestone Quarry. Once at this point the path continues on upwards, skirting the eastern side of the quarry-follow it until it bends around to the right. At this point if you leave the path and scramble straight up and then head left towards the scree/slate waste tips-head for the top of the first one you see and you'll be able to see the remains of the cableway. This is outside the entrance to Upper Mosshead. The entrance is immediately behind all the winding/processing ruins-it looks collapsed but behind the debris pile is the opening. Nice level, ends in a large chamber-about 100 feet high. This connects with the level high above (Spion Kop) but that's a real trek to get up to and tbh isn't worth it!
Instead, if you look down from the outside of Upper Level you will be able to see the platform below of Middle Level-short scramble down, has lots of relics including an impressive old winch-well worth it.
Short distance below that is Low Level-though this working isnt very big""
We also when up from the upper Mosshead entrance and found another adit which was still short but did have a very big chamber in it.
Unknown. No Gate.
None (copper mine - full srt if you are mad enough to try it)
All short, with only one way in and out (copper mine - unknown)
None. (copper mine is mostly flooded)
TBH it's a long trek up for very little mine, there a couple of small adit on the way up but again are very short and blocked. On the way down we stopped off to look in a couple copper mines, one was flooded the next was short and roped off in both directions one way was a flooded level with no floor the other way just had no floor. the last one which is behind the YHA building is the deep shaft level (I think) it goes in about 700ft before getting to a cross road, to the left is a collapse which was passable but look very nasty and about to collapse some more at any time. straight on was a flooded shaft then a short walk to another flooded shaft again with a nasty look collapse at the end, to the right look like a track we went down a little before deciding is was more likely to be a suspend floor so decided to call it a day, while we still could.