DTRG Autumn Social28.10.2017 DTRG Autumn Social
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Start: 14:30 o’clockEnd: 21:00 o’clock
Calendar: GeneralLocation: Meet at Combestone Tor (SX 670 718)

The Autumn Walk and Social will visit Wheal Cumpston, the Aller Brook and Hangman's Pit. On the track down to Combestone Farm we will see an openwork that may be the site of Withybeame alias Collybeame mentioned in 1625. By kind permission of the Ingram family we will visit Wheal Cumpston, operating in the 1830s as part of the Dartmoor United Tin Mining Company. There are fascinating remains including dressing floors, a mine captain's house, adit etc., as well as a presumed medieval openwork which may have been working as Steepehill in 1625. We will then explore the Aller Brook and a possible site of an early tin mill, before making our way up to Hangman's Pit where a fine openwork and a tinners' lodge are visible.

The route is on tracks, in woodland and on rough moorland with some steep ground, so a moderate level of fitness is required, plus stout footwear and weatherproof gear. Total distance 3-4 km. If time permits, the Saddle Bridge Turbine House (1905-7), which supplied Hexworthy Mine with electricity, will also be visited.

Leader Tom Greeves.

Following the walk we will be making our way to the Forest Inn at Hexworthy (SX 655 726) for the Social, which includes a meal followed by a presentation. The Forest Inn will be open at 5:30 pm, and the meal will be served at 6:00 pm. The meal costs £10 per head and this year we are having a sit-down roast dinner. The choices are: Beef, Lamb, Pork or Nut Roast (vegetarian option).

After the meal there will be a presentation by Brett Grist on 'Recent Mining Explorations'. Brett is one of our newer members and has worked in the mining industry both at home and abroad.

Stephen Holley ( or 01752 880029) needs to know numbers for the walk and/or meal. Please would everyone wishing to attend the meal inform him of their choice by 19 October. Payment in advance is required. Please send a cheque for £10, made payable to the DTRG, to Stephen at 32 Yeo Park, Yealmpton, Devon PL8 2LP.

Created by Murray Oates on 02.08.2017 20:28
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