ECR Visit to Alderley Edge Mines


A group of ECR members enjoyed a tour of the Wood Mine at Alderley Edge lead by members of the
Derbyshire Caving Club who explained the history of the site and the techniques involved in
exploiting the various minerals to be found there.
Highlights included navigating the Crocodile Crawl on hands, knees and sometimes chests, and a
diversion to see the spectacular way in which water containing copper minerals is flowing over rocks
and depositing a brightly coloured film on the surface of the rocks.
One member enjoyed the Crocodile Crawl so much that he volunteered to go through the Wiggly
Worm passage. One of the photographs shows his feet disappearing into the start of the crawl. A
few minutes later he emerged from the other end, no worse for the experience.