Coombs Dale

20140503-IMG_9253Coombs Dale is another of the local (to Chesterfield) hidden gems, a short 2 mile dale just outside of Calver, with routes out to Stoney Middleton & Longstone Edge. I’ve been before to capture some of the rarer butterfly species found in this area, but on this walk I only spotted a few flighty Brimstones & Peacocks, so didn’t spend any time with the macro lens on this occasion.

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Sallet Hole Mine

In the past the area has been used for mining Fluorspar & limestone, though operations have closed in the dale itself, it’s still been threatened by quarrying from Longstone edge, and in various spots you can see evidence of the industrial past.

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Unfortunately I’d managed to book a customer in for later in the afternoon, which at the time seemed like ample time to explore, but cut short our time here, so no doubt there will be a pt2 blog before long…

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