Kevin & I took the group today and dodged our way around Olympic torch disruption to arrive at Nenthead late morning. The cloud was down and it was that soaking type of persistent rain. We got to the Smallcleugh portal just after noon and spent the next three hours completing the full "level 1" route through to the Ballroom. I think this was the first time I've been all the way to the Ballroom with a group of this age - it really was an excellent day underground with a real sense of adventure and expectation amongst the group members and genuine interest in the geology and social history associated with the mining heritage of the area.
This was the conclusion of an excellent visit - looking forward to the next Staindrop week already!
|Its hard to give a true impression of the vastness of the Ballroom|
The Ballroom Visitor Book - Filled In!