Ten IVC members went down to the copper mine at Alderley Edge. The mines stretch for 14 miles under the Cheshire countryside. Armed with helmets and head torches we descended into the depths of the mine. It was dry and surprisingly warm inside the mine. We travelled through tunnels, descended ladders, saw a copper river and large caverns. A few members managed to squeeze through a small hole (optional) and through the Hourglass! We traversed with ropes and slid down rocks. Our fantastic guides were the Derbyshire Caving club who were clearly experienced at showing beginners the delights of caving. We all came away after 3.5hrs in the cave saying what an amazing experience it was and a total bargain at only £10. The money goes towards the leasing and maintenance of the mines. Thanks Aidan for organising such a great event. I look forward to the next trip!
Have a look at the photos from our trip!