Force Crag Mine Open Day 2019

Discover what they did with a ‘grizzly’, what is a jaw crusher and could you have carried the explosives box? Find out more quirky facts at this fascinating secret located in the stunning Coledale Valley, near Keswick.

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Missed by most people, the last mineral mine to be worked in the Lake District has been lovingly restored and cared for by volunteers. A guided tour allows you to explore the above-ground processing mill and associated remains - it's as if the miners had just left for the day.

Once a hive of industry, the mining of lead, zinc and barites took place at Force Crag for over 200 years, ceasing in 1990. History, engineering, geology, archaeology and an awesome setting, Force Crag Mine has it all.


Event ticket prices
  • All £6.00

The basics

Booking details
Please note, payment is cash only on the day of your tour.
Not suitable for small children or children that need to be carried.
Dogs on leads are welcome.
Meeting point
Meet at Force Crag Mine at the head of the Coledale Valley (Grid Ref 198 216) or, meet at the Noble Knott car park (see below) for a lift via National Trust transport.
What to bring and wear
Think about those miners for a few minutes and you will probably realise that sturdy footwear and warm and waterproof clothing may well be necessary. Also bring along any refreshments you might want.
The site is just over two miles from the main road up a gradually rising dirt track. The tour includes steep narrow steps and small spaces but does not take you underground.
All youngsters to be accompanied by an adult. Porta loos available at the mine on tour days. Make your own way to the site on foot or by bike. If you'd like a lift in National Trust transport please call ahead on the number below to book a timeslot and guarantee your space in the vehicle. We pick up from the Noble Knott forestry commission car park located part way up Whinlatter Pass opposite the Bassenthwaite Lake viewing layby (grid ref 223 244). The transport leaves ten minutes past the hour starting at 10.10am. Last pick up is 3.10pm. Once on site the tour takes place partly outside on rough ground and involves a walk up hill but it does not take you underground. Tours run regularly throughout the day, the first one starts at 10.30am, the last one at 3pm. Each tour lasts about an hour. Dogs are welcome, but are not permitted on the tour of the mill building.


Event opening times and availability
Day Times Availability
20 August 2019 10:30 - 15:00 Available
22 September 2019 10:30 - 15:00 Available

Contact Info

North Lakes Office
Call 017687 74649

Upcoming events

Force Crag Mine Open Day 2019

Tue 20 Aug 2019
Discover what they did with a ‘grizzly’, what is a jaw crusher and could you have carried the explosives box? Find out more quirky facts at this fascinating secret located in the stunning Coledale Valley, near Keswick.

Crow Park sports day

Tue 20 Aug 2019
Join us for some good, old fashioned family sports fun at Crow Park this summer!

Derwent Island House Open Days 2019

Thu 22 Aug 2019
Your adventure begins by canoe, a peaceful paddle across this short stretch of Derwent Water to the intriguing little island. Discover the reality of life on the island past and present, indoors and out. Enjoy the gardens, grounds and amazing views.

Heritage Open Day guided walk to the hydro power projects

Tue 17 Sep 2019
Discover what we’re doing with Hydro power in Borrowdale. Visit our hydro at Hause Gill which feeds back enough energy into the grid to power a hamlet the size of Seatoller. We will head up Combe Gill to see our new intake under construction.

Heritage Open Day guided walk to Ashness Bridge

Wed 18 Sep 2019
Discover the secrets of Borrowdale's woodlands combined with views of Derwent Water on a guided walk with woodlands ranger Maurice who's lived and worked here for nearly 20 years.

Heritage Open Day guided walk around Thorneythwaite

Thu 19 Sep 2019
Meet the National Trust team and discover the work they're doing behind the scenes to care for the cultural and natural heritage at Thorneythwaite Farm on a guided walk taking in the archaeological site discovered in 2017.