Thursday 24 April Matlock Bath

B&B guest out and after dad had breakfast he left too. One cleaner up to do B&B room and dads cottage and public areas. Finished before lunch and as Chris did not have his digital photography session we decided to go out. As the weather was a bit mixed we felt we could not go for a walk. One place we have been meaning to go to for a long time is the Peak District Mining Museum in Matlock Bath. (www.peakmines.co.uk) We parked at the station and walked along the promenade. Called into the Real Fudge Company shop. This is who I get my fudge from at the Farmers Market. At the shop there is a bigger selection of sweets as well as fudge so I bought some sweets and decided to buy the fudge on Saturday at the Farmers Market. Went over to the museum and found out that a tour of the Temple Mine, a former lead and fluorspar mine, would be departing shortly. We started to wander around the museum then joined the guided tour of the mine. Best news is that we were the only one on the tour! We had to cross the A6 to get to the mine and of course one of those heavy showers appeared. We were given hard hats to wear as the ceiling was very low in places. There was a couple of times when my helmet clunked on the ceiling! It wasn’t a deep mine but it was interesting. I now know what fluorspar looks like in its natural state. By the time the tour finished it had stopped raining. We went back to the museum and finished our looking around. It is a very interesting museum to find out about the mining that went on in the area. The maps showed the veins or ‘rakes’ of various deposits such as lead and there is a section on recycling lead. There are some reclaimed pumping items, some hands on exhibits for children and some videos and overall it was a worthwhile couple of hours. We then went on to the Masson Mill Shopping Outlet where we had a bite to eat as we still had not had lunch! On the way back we called in to see the former owners of Bolehill where we chatted for a few hours. Back for a late supper then sat down at 10pm.