Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

Lathkill Dale and Mandale Mine Pump House


It has been a beautiful sunny day, Tom has been away with School on a dry run for his Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award, his party didn’t get lost but Tom lost his voice. (I’m sure they were impeccably behaved, but I’m not sure I would have wanted to share a camp site last night with 90 teenagers.)

Mr Uhdd has been to Wales, to run up and down Snowdon. Now all are safely home again.

Here is a little more from our amble in Lathkill Dale, a pleasing platter of buildings

Lathkill Dale Buildings 1-2

A cascade of old fish ponds

Terrace of fish ponds-2

The  remains of the engine house to the Mandale Lead mine

Mandale Mine-2

As it once was,

Mandale engine house-2

Just off of the main permissive footpath through Lathkill Dale are the impressive remains of the Mandale Mine pump house – once powered by one of the largest waterwheels known to have been used in mining history.

Mandale Mine is one of the oldest Lead Mines in Derbyshire.

Ha ha, ‘permissive footpath’ our theory in the previous post is now confirmed!

Mr Uhdd downloaded some bird song to his mobile, my phone is far to dated to cope with such wonders. What  I wonder would the  lead miners from the 13thC make of such a thing?

Bird tweets-2

and some more, luscious, spring greens.


Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

13 thoughts on “Lathkill Dale and Mandale Mine Pump House

  1. A bird song on his mobile.
    hmmm I wonder what those ponds was used for Uphill. Maybe stock pnds for fish or I wonder did they grow watercress ?
    Nice place though

  2. See you got me thinking. I knew id ran there before. I did a relay race years ago. One of those Darrens a strong runner he can do the hard leg type of things for Ilkeston RC.
    Now the route went from Youlgreave to Monyash. Well its the Limestone WAy which actually crosses the steep sided Cales Dale which joins Lathkill Dale. Not sure if you visited but an amzingly wonderful place.
    Thanks for the reminder.

    As for the relay, well not such good memories alas.
    Would you believe I arrived at Monyash and my teammate WASNT there. So I had to run all the way over to Crowdicote and back down to Hartington and dib in near the cheese shop That route took in Long Dale, bottom of Hand Dale and then Hartington Dale.
    Uphill how many dales are there ??????.

    OOps i forgot to mention I also took in Madge Dale along the way.
    Right im off for a bath
    Excellent blogging

  3. OMG i get more comments
    Like the woman who said to her husband as I ran past them on the way to catbells. Look at that church on his back, he must be a bible basher. I couldnt stop laughing.
    Night, oh and hope the roof gets sorted

    • ROLF….. stands up…. falls over, ROFL……
      Right tomorrow; I have to post the image, if only to explain to the rest of cyber space, if they happen to be curious, what the hell we are talking about!
      and to show graphically what this amazing piece of skin art is all about!
      watch this space……..

  4. I am consumed with curiosity about laidback’s tat.

    I think the pleasing platter of buildings is appealing indeed.

    I wonder about “NatureBytes.” In my experience, nature does indeed, and stings, too, but can that possibly be the effect the marketing geniuses were after?

  5. It seems technology is catching up with the amazing wonders of nature via the download.

    The first photo looks almost like a painting.

  6. Your images portray exactly the countryside I imagine there. Excellent!!!

  7. What wonderful photos, and I love your descriptions! The “pleasing platter of buildings” is a beautiful phrase.
    Thank you for sharing!

  8. Those fish ponds look interesting, although I wouldn’t like to be a fish living in the lowest pond. Any fresh water trickling through from the top would have lost all its oxygen by then, I’m guessing.

  9. I like the “pleasing platter of buildings” too – but I can’t help looking at that roof and wondering if it’s sound! Talk about coloured by my own experiences.

    I love the fish ponds, too. I wonder if the fish moved from pond to pond (thinking about Pitlochry fish ladder, there)?

  10. The buildings are magnificent, I don’t think we have anything quite so old and of that style in the US, I might be wrong, but they are so distinctively British Isles to me.

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