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Restoration work at Mam Tor and Odin Mine

A steep sided mountain with a valley below in low early evening light. Two walkers in silhouette are just about discernible on the top of the mountain.
Mam Tor | © National Trust Images/Joe Cornish

A programme of restoration works has started to help preserve and protect two nationally important archaeological sites in the Peak District. The ancient hillfort on Mam Tor and historic Odin Mine, which lies below the hill’s iconic cliff face, are both registered scheduled monuments dating from the Bronze Age and Middle Ages, respectively.

Restoring an ancient hillfort

The work on Mam Tor will help to preserve the site and repair erosion caused by high visitor numbers. The restoration work on the hillfort’s ancient defensive walls, or ramparts, will happen in stages throughout 2023.

National Trust rangers and volunteers will rebuild and reprofile the affected areas with hessian and topsoil, as well as reseed where bare soil has been exposed. The work aims to restore the land to the state it was in before the erosion took place and establish routes that will encourage visitors to walk on the footpaths rather than climb the historic ramparts.

A national trust sign with the words Odin Mine in the foreground with the remains of the mine and Mam Tor in the landscape in the distance
Odin Mine near Mam Tor in the Peak District | © National Trust

Rebuilding the collapsing mine entrance

While Odin mine is known for its iconic open cave and limestone gorge, much of its workings lie underground. The sealed mine entrance sits underneath Old Mam Tor Road and, due to an active landslip and extreme weather, is at risk of collapse.

Working alongside Historic England and external contractors, the stonework of the mine entrance will be rebuilt, and improved drainage will prevent future structural damage from water run-off. New information boards will enable visitors to learn about the historic site.

Improving the car park

Alongside the restoration work, improvements are being made to Mam Tor car park and the wider area. This includes landscaping and new picnic benches to improve access and offer a relaxing place for a picnic after a hike. Updated information boards will enable visitors to easily access walking trails and understand Mam Tor’s rich history.

The wider landscape

The ranger team are updating and replacing way markers, finger posts and other countryside signs across Mam Tor, Odin Mine and Winnats Pass. This will help visitors find their way across the landscape with a route that matches their ability.

Restoration progress so far

September 2022

Protecting the ground over winter

Fences have been installed at either side of eroded paths to encourage visitors to stay on the footpaths. This will protect the ground over the winter months when it is wetter and more susceptible to damage if it is walked on. It will also help to ensure the ground is in the best condition for the reseeding stage of the programme in 2023. 

A new fence with a sign explaining restoration works with Mam Tor in the distance
A fence installed to protect the ground at Mam Tor from erosion | © Mark Leah

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