Magpie Mines

Magpie Mines, Bakewell: Hours, Address, Magpie Mines Reviews: 4.5/5

Magpie Mines
4.5
Historic Sites • Mines
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
About
Mining for lead has been carried out at Magpie Mine, near Bakewell, for over 250 years, and the site is one of the best examples of its kind in the country. The area is protected by Scheduled Monument status and there is free access on foot to the site (vehicles are not allowed on site). There are new interpretation boards being erected on site to explain how the mine will have looked when being worked. Peak District Mines Historical Society take care of Magpie Mine. They are often on site at weekends and happy to answer questions.
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J P
24 contributions
May 2021
What a little gem! We were told about this amazing place by a couple we met whilst visiting Arbor Low - another magical place not too far away. You park up on the road (lay-by) and straight ahead of you is this charming little collection of stone buildings. Two huge chimneys, engine room, agent's house and wheelhouse. It is the last lead mine in Derbyshire and has been so sympathetically restored and cared for.

Added to that the whole site is just full of the most charming wild flowers - cowslips, mountain pansy, sorrel, daisies, buttercups, dandelions, vetch, crosswort, ladies smock, wild rushes. Just so beautiful. Great atmospheric photographs and just such a lovely way to spend an hour or two. AND ALL FOR FREE! Personally I would have been more than happy to have put some coins into an honesty box for the preservation of the buildings.

Would definitely recommend for all ages to visit and will definitely return if I was in the area.
Written May 18, 2021
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We are delighted to hear you so enjoyed your visit. It is a beautiful place at all times of the year but is extra special when all of the flowers are out. I shall pass your comments on to the volunteers who look after the site.
Written May 23, 2021
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RopentaStones
St Helens, UK1,914 contributions
Jan 2020
If ever you wanted a feel of what it may have been like living and working at an old lead mine then visit Magpie Mines on an icy cold windy day in January. The place is quite foreboding and very isolated, it is also open to the elements from every angle and would have been a difficult place to have eked out a living.
The buildings are still very much intact and as they were and the information centre is very informative...my only minor complaint was the lack of signage around the site as we were left wondering what some things were like the sunken oblong building and the various mounds and holes etc (a few more signs about the place with a brief description would have been nice but hey...very minor niggle).
So glad we came here and got to visit one of the best preserved lead mines I know of....I can highly recommend trekking out here.
Written February 5, 2020
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Thank you for taking the time to leave this review. I am delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit to the site. There is a guide book available for £1 from the Peak District Mining Museum in Matlock Bath or at Magpie Mine when a volunteer team is on site (most Sundays). This provides more information about the site. We try to avoid too many signs as they can spoil the photographs that are taken of Magpie Mine.
Written February 6, 2020
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Tom S
Liverpool, UK37 contributions
Aug 2020
We had a very pleasant visit to the Magpie Mine site on a fine sunny day in August. It's a pleasant walk from the road through fields of cattle and then lots more cattle were wandering freely around the mine site itself. It was a very relaxing atmosphere which we shared with a few other visitors at the time. The mine buildings are mostly in a good state of preservation. We're very interested in industrial archaeology so we spent a lot of time trying to understand what each of the buildings were for. I must echo the comments of other reviewers about the lack of signs giving information about the mine and the various buildings and their purpose. I can see the point of not wanting to spoil the view for photographers, but that should be a minor consideration compared to giving all visitors some information about how the mine operated and its processes. Surely a sign board mounted directly on the least photogenic side of each building would not be too intrusive. I personally choose to take photographs of signage wherever I visit, so that I can read it all later at home. There is no point telling visitors there is a booklet available in a museum somewhere else when they visit the mine site. especially as the visitor centre is not manned daily. As a keen photographer I can honestly say that the biggest problem in taking good photos in the most beautiful of places in this wonderful country of ours is wheelie bins and not sign boards!
Written August 21, 2020
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Thank you for taking the time to leave a review - I will pass your comments on to our team. It is tricky to balance the need for information whilst protecting the buildings and views.
Written October 27, 2020
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Julie P
United Kingdom1,527 contributions
Jun 2021
Derbyshire born and bred and yet I've never been to Magpie Mine until now. Plenty of car parking space parallel to the road and then a walk down the drive, or there are footpaths from the surrounding area to reach it on foot. You could make it in a wheelchair or buggy if you can navigate the gate and cattle grid, otherwise squeeze stile.

An information board in the square chimney gives a brief history of the site, orientation and a few key plant species, then you're free to wander. The sound of skylarks was wonderful to hear and the variety of wildlflowers seen, including an early purple orchid. It was peaceful (until a school party arrived!!)
Written June 14, 2021
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We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit to Magpie. The wildflowers were a bit later out this year after the cold May which meant you were able to see them.
Written July 3, 2021
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MarekLontour
Bradford, UK1,469 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
Really interesting site to visit. Road side parking and just a short stroll to the mine. There are some information boards by the square chimney and after that there are several derelict buildings and old pit shafts to try look down ( all have secure grills so very safe )
It is free entry and well worth having a look if you're in the area.
Written July 29, 2021
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We are always pleased to hear that people felt safe on the Magpie sign and that the information boards were helpful.
Written August 1, 2021
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Mike B
Ashford, UK481 contributions
Dec 2021 • Solo
The Magpie Mine is well worth a visit if you fancy a walk from somewhere close (like Ashford in the Water or Bakewell). I was staying in Buxton for a week and had planned to walk to the mine earlier but my GPS did not recognise the mine’s postcode and I’m hopeless with map reading. So I gave up on the idea.

Fortunately, a couple of days later I instructed my GPS to plot a 16 mile circular route from Ashford in the Water and after three or four miles towards Flagg I saw the silhouette of the mines buildings. It looked haunting and quite beautiful with the sun behind the old engine house. Include it in your walk if you can.
Written December 19, 2021
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We are delighted that you were able to see Magpie after all - it is rather hidden away but well worth a visit.
Written December 20, 2021
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Bww1111
Sheffield, UK19 contributions
Oct 2020
Found Magpie Mine by chance and decided to have a look around. What an amazing piece of history! Lovely well kept site and plenty of information on the board about the place. I noticed that other visitors had commented on there being very little information on the site but I felt there was enough and I looked up more information on the internet when I got home. It was quite cold there as it is in a very open spot so wrap up warm if you do visit. Parking is on the road and it will take you a couple of minutes to reach the site. Will definately visit again.
Written October 10, 2020
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Thank you for your comments on the site and information boards - I am pleased that you found it helpful. As you say there is plenty of information online as well. Magpie is a very exposed site and sometimes we seem to have all the seasons in one day! A warm waterproof coat is a must, even in summer.
Written October 27, 2020
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jane53England
Worcester, UK1,043 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
Called after visiting Bakewell about 10 minutes away, though unfortunately my sat nav couldn’t find it and took us round in circles for a while! Easy to miss it as only a small sign and away from the road in fields.
Just a rough pull in off the road and a walk through a couple of fields to reach it.
Well preserved mine with information boards. Free to visit.
Written August 31, 2021
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Thank you for leaving a review - I am relieved that you were able to find the site and then enjoyed your visit.
Written September 6, 2021
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Lynn Mills
Liverpool, UK537 contributions
Aug 2020 • Friends
Travelled from Liverpool to take a peak at Magpie Mine. Lovely setting and nice seeing cattle dotted about. I can see it is a popular spot for walkers. I was impressed on what I saw, but imagine my disappointment to find no information boards. Such a shame not to see what building was what. I like to take pictures of the information to read at home. I think I read that there is a booklet at another location, what's the point of it being there? You would expect it to be on the site as it's lacking in information boards.
Anyway, a great place for photography and a picnic.
Written August 22, 2020
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I am glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit to Magpie Mine. There are some information boards in an enclosure (to keep the cows out) at the base of the square chimney. We have avoided scattering boards around the site as it is a popular place to photograph and these boards can spoil that. When there are volunteers on site it is possible to purchase a booklet from them, otherwise a booklet can be purchased from the Peak District Mining Museum in Matlock Bath.
Written October 27, 2020
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Malcolm H
Aylesford, UK414 contributions
Oct 2021
What an atmospheric site., especially at twilight when we visited. Stark and almost foreboding and then to read the notices there about the deaths of Victorian miners, curses and ghosts -…… It’s well worth a visit to this old and deserted mine near to Bakewell.
Written October 18, 2021
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Thank you for leaving a review - it sounds like you had an interesting visit to Magpie.
Written November 21, 2021
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