Horwich Area Mines

Date Visited: July 2008

I was invited by some mining explorers to bob down to Horwich to have look round these mines, so I thought it's be rude to refuse such an opportunity!

Having last year visited a relatively modern mine at Apedale Colliery, this was a bit of a shock! Much of the 3 hours we spent underground was spent on our hands and knees crawling through tunnels, with the occasional spell of crouching, not ideal if you're over 6 foot tall like I am! This was exhausting, and made me realise just how hard it must have been to have worked down there for a living, 5 or 6 days a week, 10 or 12 hours a day, doing physically demanding work. And this place was still operational within living memory of some people - a workmate's father worked here early in his working life and he's still alive and kicking.

A big thank you must go to the mining explorers who invited me along and who gave me this unique opportunity.

I can't be too specific about the who, where and when, you'll have to do your own research on this one!