The Fairy Mine – Revisited

Walking with a Smacked Pentax

I first wrote about the strange ‘Fairy Mine’ on Bingley moors a few years ago, but I thought it was time for an update as a couple of things have happened since then.

To recap: the mine was discovered in 1977 by schoolboys Jon Tilleard and Paul Bennett. The entrance lies on an extremely remote part of the moor – there are no paths or tracks anywhere near the spot and no one goes there. The area around the mine is a combination of marsh lands, rocky ground and for most of the year is covered in almost impenetrable 3 ft. high bracken. It is hard walking and there is nothing to see. No reason for anyone to venture here – and no one does – not even sheep!

There is a long story of how the mine was first discovered and it’s subsequent exploration here – and it is well…

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