Based at Bage Mine, Bolehill nr Wirksworth in the Peak District, WMRG exist to promote
the exploration and preservation of local mines, the vast majority of which were
involved in the extraction of lead.
The group meets regularly on Sundays throughout the year, with winters generally
spent working on our own mine (Bage), which we access by the 303’ deep Hard End Shaft,
winching it directly from the mine cottage. During fairer weather, we are normally
to be found out and about the local area, with activities ranging from safety surveys
for local landowners, through general mine exploration, to mine shaft consolidation
and capping. We also undertake visits away from the local area, for example, to the
We have over the years worked to preserve access to several other local mines that
were in danger of being lost (usually filled in or covered over permanently). We
can usually arrange access to these for other groups, though this is sometimes subject
to prior agreement with the landowner.
We welcome enquiries from potential new members who in the first instance should
contact us by e mail